Is it rigged, how corrupt is the election process in America

Is it rigged, how corrupt is the election process in America

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The voter ID warning outside the polling station of Ward 1 in Nashua, New Hampshire, 2013
Mark Buckawicki/wikicommons
The voter ID warning outside the polling station of Ward 1 in Nashua, New Hampshire, 2013

Undoubtedly some reading the headline of this article will cry fowl and shout conspiracy theorist, but there are confirmed examples of fraud in the election process across America. Fraud is found in two forms, they are voter fraud and election fraud.

The corruption found in the election process in the form of fraud happens more often then the mainstream media will admit. It doesn’t matter whether it’s election or voter fraud, the intent is to steal an election from the people who voted. Those who alter ballots after they’ve been entered into the record are committing election fraud. This type of fraud also consists of removing ballots that were cast or adding ballots to the record that weren’t cast.

Election fraud also includes actions such as losing ballot boxes, switching ballot boxes or their contents, stuffing ballot boxes or miscounting ballots. People that have been known to commit election fraud usually enlist people to commit voter fraud.

Examples of voter fraud are: Someone voting who is not a citizen, someone too young to vote, someone not allowed to vote by their state because of a felony conviction, someone claiming to be another person who they aren’t or someone that tries to vote more then once in an election.

The most recent example of fraud in the election process happened in Arizona during the March 22 primary. The claims are that registrations for thousands of voters had been changed from Democrat or Republican to independent. The Secretary of State for Arizona, Michele Reagan, when asked if voter fraud happened, said “yes” and has confirmed that voter fraud did take place in her state.

She said that this fraud happened to one of her employees. She stated the following: “This was something that I know happens, and I know it happened to people in this room. It’s not hearsay. It happened to someone in my own office. One of my employees was registered as a particular party, went to go vote, and I don’t want to divulge his personal details, but it happened to him.” (See the Youtube video below to hear what she says.)

A PDF file titled “A sampling of election fraud cases across America” lists numerous examples of fraud in our nation. These range from fraudulent use of absentee ballots, impersonation fraud at the polls, buying votes, false registrations, ineligible voting, duplicate voting, intimidation of voters, ballot petition fraud and bribery.

The U.S. Supreme Court has said that “flagrant examples” of voter fraud “have been documented throughout this Nation’s history by respected historians and journalists.” The instances of such fraud uncovered over the years “demonstrate that not only is the risk of voter fraud real but that it could affect the outcome of a close election,” according to a PDF file published by the Heritage Foundation.

Fraud in the election process happens at all levels, local, state and even nationally. During the 2012 presidential election there seemed to be something questionable going on. In 59 different Philadelphia voting divisions it’s said that Mitt Romney received no votes compared to Obama’s 19,605 according to Philly.com. In one Cleveland precinct it’s been alleged that Obama beat Romney 542 votes to none.

A report from the Market Daily News states that, “100 precincts in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, that on election day gave Romney zero votes, and Obama got 99 percent. In more than 50 different precincts, Romney received two votes or less,” the report said. “One would think that such improbable results would get the attention of somebody out there.”

With the numerous allegations of fraud in the election process one would think it would be more carefully guarded against during elections. The clincher is what this writer found in a Youtube video from 2006 titled, “Rigged US elections exposed.” In this video it’s claimed a Computer Programmer testified that Tom Feeney, Speaker of the Houe of Florida at the time, tried to pay him to rig election vote counts. (See video below for more on that.)

There are numerous things our government can do to stop fraud in the election process to ensure that dead people don’t vote. However, when a candidate stands to win an election through possible fraud what point is there in stopping a rigged election? Remember it’s your vote so make it count and keep a watchful eye out for fraud where you vote.

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