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Despite blizzard, Dems plan to have election board hearing to save Dem employee under criminal investigation

Amanda Konrath
Amanda Konrath, Democrat Board Member, St. Joseph County Voter Registration

UPDATE: AFTER PUBLICATION OF THIS STORY, THE DEMOCRAT PARTY DECIDED TO POSTPONE ITS MEETING. THIS WAS AFTER THE DEMOCRATS WERE ADAMANT ABOUT STILL HOLDING THE MEETING, DESPITE THE BLIZZARD.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Despite a blizzard warning starting at 3:00pm today, the St. Joseph County Election board is moving forward with their planned 2:00pm public meeting. The meeting will end up putting anyone who attends on the road during a historic blizzard. The reason for the unnecessary risk to life is an obvious push to attempt to protect a member of the party who is currently under investigation for breaking election laws.

Currently the election board is governed by a Democrat majority. It’s made up of one Democrat nominated official, one Republican nominated official and the County Clerk, who is currently a Democrat. Come January 1st, 2023, the County Clerk will be a Republican, putting the GOP in the majority. If the Democrats push today’s meeting back, the hearing on the official who is suspected of committing election crimes will more than likely not happen until after the GOP takes over the majority of the board. While the hearing could take place next week, many of the officials and witnesses who have been subpoenaed to testify will be on holiday vacations.

BACKGROUND

Democrat Board Member of the St. Joseph County Voter Registration Office, Amanda Konrath, is under investigation for allegedly illegally registering a non-eligible person to vote the day before the 2022 General Election. It also appears she did so at the behest of a Democrat candidate who was on the ballot in what is considered a contested race.

The St. Joseph County Election Board discussed the alleged fraud at a meeting in the County Clerk’s Office on November 7th, the day before the election. In the meeting, the Board laid out the timeline of events and decided to set an official hearing in the case in order to subpoena all parties involved.

According to election officials, a woman called into the Voter Registration Office on November 7th asking to speak with a Democrat official. She was transferred to the Voter Registration Office and directed to speak with a Democrat employee by Deputy St. Joseph County Auditor John Murphy. Murphy was on the ballot as the Democrat candidate for St. Joseph County Auditor and won his race by a narrow margin.

The woman’s call was answered by the Republican Board Member, who attempted to assist the caller. The Republican Board Member discovered the woman’s voter registration had been cancelled earlier in the year because her information was not up to date. It turns out, the former Democrat Board Member, Muhammad Shabazz, was the person who cancelled the registration after several attempts were made to get the proper information.

Eventually, the call was sent over to Amanda Konrath, who secretly registered the woman to vote at 11:00am. Records show the woman cast her ballot at an early voting location shortly after.

FRAUD

Here’s the problem: Voters must be registered 30 days prior to an election.

However, the law does allow for certain exceptions. If, for instance, an error was made by the Voter Registration Office, the voter can have their status corrected. That can only be done if the error was made by the Voter Registration Office and not at the fault of the voter herself.

In an instance of an error being made, the Voter Registration official must issue what is called a Certificate of Error and the voter is given a provisional ballot. This process must be done and approved by both the Democrat and Republican members of the office. None of that was done in this case.

RNM is told an audit was done in the Voter Registration Office to see if any other cancelled registrations were reactivated in a similar manner. According to officials in the office, it appears this was the only case that was discovered.

PENALTIES

Konrath is potentially facing criminal charges at both the federal and state levels. Konrath could face up to 10 years in federal prison for election fraud and conspiracy. She could also be facing a level 6 felony charge at the state level for election fraud.

Konrath has been an outspoken supporter of Democrat County Clerk Rita Glenn, who is currently under two Indiana State Police investigations for potential crimes related to the handling of absentee ballots. Konrath was caught lying to protect Glenn at a public meeting last month.

SOCIAL MEDIA

It also appears, Konrath has a history of making light of any election fraud claims. She has made multiple social media posts since 2020 lambasting anyone who brings up election fraud.

In December of 2020 she wrote the following on Twitter:

“Voter ID laws… voter purges… it is all the same GOP that is crying about fake fraud.”

In November of 2020 she wrote “Republicans cry voter fraud because a hurt dog hollers.”

And, in October, she wrote “Republican shenanigans. Basically they are crying fraud to help perpetuate the big lie.”

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