Call me slow on the uptake. Last week I saw a graph of the Illinois election. It showed that at a certain point in the night the Libertarian Party received a vote spike. It wasn't a minor spike--it was equivalent to 2% of the total IL vote, in one fell swoop. Over the course of the night, however, it mostly bled away to Biden.
I asked myself: Why? This looked like an obvious theft--in 2020 the Third Party vote (Jo Jorgenson) collapsed to 1.1%, compared to combined minor party totals in 2016 of 5.1%. Obviously, Trump was picking up many of those voters. Just as obviously, one of two things had happened to account for that wildly improbable spike: Either those votes were siphoned from Trump and laundering to Biden through Jorgenson, or they were simply manufactured and then dealt out gradually to Biden. Unfortunately, I haven't seen any follow up on this.
Now, at the point in time in question Biden was cruising to a comfortable victory in Deep Blue Illinois. What wasn't so comfortable was that Trump was running well ahead of his 2016 pace and Biden was running somewhat behind Hillary's winning pace in 2016.
With that in mind, I saw a synopsis of a Ron Brownstein article at The Atlantic this morning that included this:
Joe Biden's walloping victory in the popular vote didn't translate down-ballot.
We're all familiar with this implausible phenomenon. Brownstein, of course, wasn't intending to draw attention to the implausibility of it, but to emphasize the narrative that Biden had indeed won a "walloping victory" in the popular vote. Even if the election is still not decided (except in the Media). It was then that I, slow on the uptake, realized the reason that The Steal went down even in Deep Blue states like Illinois: The Dems needed to prevent the Red Wave from handing Trump a popular vote victory in order to preserve their narrative that they are the majority party and any Republican share in governance in illegitimate. That narrative goes to their hoped for trashing of our constitutional order: Court packing, abolition of the Electoral College, packing the Senate with PR and DC, etc.
I suspect that if this happened in Illinois, a thorough examination of the election results on a national basis will reveal similar steals in other Blue states, designed simply to run up popular vote totals.
UPDATE 1: From the article linked by commenter American Cardigan (below), we learn about Dominion--run by radical Leftists like Eric Coomer--and its collusion with the Chicago Election Board. The article includes a video with Coomer in it. They used Covid as an excuse to allow complete access of Dominion to voter info--Chicago Election Board Provided Dominion Complete Access for 2020 Election:
This move by the CEB allowed Dominion Voting Systems contractor personnel, including election systems administrators and technicians from Dominion, full remote access to Chicago’s election systems, files, and databases from anywhere at any time.
Dominion Voting Systems administrators had free, open, and unfettered access to Chicago’s election systems, files, and data for 7-1/2 months prior to the election. They had full access to all voter registration information poll books, requests for absentee ballots, voter mailout lists, and virtually everything related to elections.
One assumes--this one certainly does--that this was going on nationally.
UPDATE 2: Another example of what probably went on in many Blue areas, this time from Clark County, NV:
A data scientist testifies that thousands of Nevadans listed casinos and temporary RV parks as their 'homes'
Dorothy Morgan, the data scientist in the affidavit, said that she observed a "historically strange" surge in voter registrations that were missing the sex and age of the voter. When those pieces of information are left blank, it is impossible for a poll worker to verify a voter's identity.
In 2016, Morgan said that she saw 68 voter registrations of the sort described above. In 2020, she says she saw more than 13,000 -- 74% of which were submitted between July and September of this year.
In the affidavit, which was originally provided to the Washington Examiner, Morgan wrote, "This investigation found over 13K voters whose voter registration information revealed no sex or date of birth. Not only does this mean we cannot verify whether these voters are old enough to vote, it is also historically strange: While one does not expect voter registration information to be perfect, it is very strange that there were very, very few of these kinds of imperfect records with missing or invalid information until this year – when there are 13,372 of them."