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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Vote Fraud And Corruption Are Alive And Well In America

Here's the Nonsense:  The American voting system is a system of integrity that should give voters confidence that their vote counts.

Here's the Horse Sense:  There are many problems with our voting process in America.  It is up to each voter to make sure that their vote is counted correctly.  The integrity of the system needs the citizens to be watchdogs to stop fraud and corruption.

For a long time, especially since Mitt Romney's loss for the presidency in 2012, many have thought that all we need to do is get enough people out to vote.  We know that 3 million voters stayed home in 2012 that could have turned the election to Romney's favor.  And we also know that there are 20-30 million eligible voters in America who claim to be evangelical Christians that are not even registered to vote.  Most of them would vote conservative.  Even I have said that if we can just get them to register and vote it would stem the tide of Democrat efforts.  However, no matter how many people we get to vote, the fact is that it is no guarantee that it can overcome vote fraud and corruption.  Once again, we're already seeing evidence of it in the current midterm elections. recently reported that when Jim Moynihan, Republican candidate for Illinois state representative, went to vote at the Schaumburg, IL public library polling place, he was surprised to find it hard to vote for himself.'s report said:

"I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent," Moynihan said.  "You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of other races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat."

The officials are claiming that the machine wasn't calibrated properly and have taken the machine out of service.  My first question is why weren't all machines taken out of service?  If one has this problem who is to say that the others don't have the same problem?  Why weren't the machines tested prior to voting to make sure they were working?  And, since many people don't check to make sure their votes are being calculated properly and may have ended up giving votes to someone they did not want to vote for, what assurances do voters who voted before Moynihan have that their votes were counted correctly? 

I heard that someone else had a similar problem with their ballot in Illinois.  They said their machine kept changing Republican votes to Democrat, but that eventually they got it to work correctly.  The person said that they didn't think much of it until they heard this story.  

THEY DIDN'T THINK MUCH OF IT?!!!  How could you not think much of it?  Why wouldn't someone be screaming for an election judge or precinct worker and demanding that not only is their vote fixed but that an investigation be launched by officials immediately?  This is about one of the most important rights that Americans have, the right to vote.  

Fraudulent voting is also huge a problem.  Breitbart is reporting that a study has been released showing that voting by non-citizens could change the outcome of the upcoming Senate election.  The story says:    

"'Could control of the Senate in 2014 be decided by illegal votes cast by non-citizens?'  That is the question posed by political scientists Jesse Richman and David Earnest, who answer in a forthcoming article in the journal Electoral Studies:  'Most non-citizens do not register, let alone vote.  But enough do that their participation can change the outcome of close races.'  And, the researchers note, 80% of non-citizen votes go to Democrats."

Add to this moves by Democrats to change voting laws and you have a potential for entirely different outcomes in elections.  For example, in Colorado, as reported by the Pueblo Chieftain newspaper, new laws do nothing but open the doors to more fraud.  The report stated:   

"Under the law passed this year, people need only to swear under penalty of perjury that they have lived in Colorado for at least 22 days and reside or plan to reside in the precinct or county where they wish to vote. Once they have done that, they are allowed to cast ballots. 

"The problem is, if there were groups from outside a jurisdiction who want to affect an election in that jurisdiction, they could vote under the conditions outlined in the new law, but then later say they had a change of heart and have abandoned plans to move into that jurisdiction."

Did you notice that it says the law allows people to say they "plan" to reside in the precinct or county.  They don't have to live there, they can just say they "plan" to live there.  And, by the way, when they say they plan to live there they are given a ballot on the spot to vote.  There is no waiting.  It's a disaster in the making.

John Fund at National Review has reported that well-known undercover filmmaker James O'Keefe recently looked to find out if there's fraud in Colorado elections.  O'Keefe found that Colorado mails ballots to everyone who's registered, whether you asked for one or not.  He raises the question as to whether someone could simply go through trash and pick up discarded ballots, fill them out, and send them in.  Not only is the possibility of that happening confirmed by Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, O'Keefe found Democrat officials encouraging him to do it.  

Colorado was effectively turned to a blue state not too many years back by efforts well outlined in Michelle Malkin's new film Rocky Mountain Heist.  She shows not only how Colorado was taken over, but how the Democrats are using the same methods to turn other states like Texas and Virginia into blue states.  Among those efforts was the voting law I just described.  (By the way, if you haven't seen Rocky Mountain Heist, go out of your way to do so. It's an excellent film that should make every American take notice of what's happening in their local politics.)

The list of potential election problems goes on and on.  And it sure looks questionable as the vast majority of times we hear of these problems it seems to be  Democrats involved in, at best, questionable circumstances to affect election results.  We've seen it with votes of dead people, people who've moved away from that area, and even by voting machines changing a Republican vote to a Democrat vote.  

With the current type of machines being used in most polling places, there is huge room for problems. Whether we like it or not, the only verifiable and sure way to assure integrity is to go back to the traditional paper ballot.  Then there are physical ballots that can be counted and checked if there is a question or problem.  Our current system is ripe for abuse and fraud.

People have said for years that even with voter fraud if enough people turn out to vote, any fraud will not override election results.  But this raises some questions:
1.)  Why should we settle for this?  After all, this is a matter of abiding by the law and we shouldn't ignore violations of law.  Catching and punishing criminals is, among other things, a deterrent to others from committing the same crimes.  Of course with a Justice Dept. like we have, and the fact that they've already shown they won't prosecute certain clear-cut cases of voter intimidation, it will be an uphill battle for Americans to see justice from the work of our current Justice Dept. (Former DOJ attorney J. Christian Adams, in his book Injustice, about the New Black Panthers case in 2008, outlines the state of injustice coming from our Justice Dept.)

2.)  Americans should be able to vote with confidence knowing that their vote counts and is not corrupted, diluted, diverted, or countered by something illegal happening in the process.  Whether it's preventing a fraudulent vote countering a legitimate vote or a process that guarantees that a vote being changed to another candidate can't happen, Americans should know that our voting process has integrity.  Without that integrity, we never really know if an election is legitimate.  After the 2012 election how many times did we hear about fraud affecting the election?  There were even stories that some areas of the country had more votes for Obama than they had registered voters.  WND compiled a list of vote fraud reports which you can read here.  

American elections must have integrity or there is no hope for our republic.  We are no better than any totalitarian regime that claims to have elections but in reality they are nothing more than a phony production trying to prove to the world that their people have freedom when, in reality, their freedom is only an illusion.

Your vote is critical in the midterm elections in November.  And when you do vote, make sure to check that the machine is tabulating your votes correctly.  

UPDATE:  After I wrote and posted this today I received an email from a reader that directly applies to the voting machine "calibration errors."  It said, "Having programmed touch screen based systems since 1984, I find they don't need 'calibration.'  The user interface for the computers in Illinois were improperly and likely intentionally constructed to convert most or all votes to votes for the Democrats. The voting system has been so corrupted that it is praising it too highly to call it merely broken." 

That update says it all.  We have a problem in this country and it's up to us to take our country back.