rocky2016_election-reform_heroimgs_03

Election Fraud Problems

If the barriers to ballot access and election manipulation haven’t stop a determined candidate from continuing, election fraud is the fail-safe methodology to rig the results. I do not say this cavalierly. It is a travesty, but it is the truth.

It can be used against a candidate like me, either to punish me for having the audacity not to yield to the party’s direction or to make sure I don’t jeopardize a core element of a “politically privileged” candidate’s strategy, or it can even be used against an otherwise “politically privileged” candidate if he or she wasn’t supposed to threaten the party’s preferred candidate. This year, there is evidence that it was used for each of these purposes.

It is important to distinguish election fraud from voter fraud. Voter fraud is when an individual misrepresents his or her authority to cast a legal vote. Election fraud is when votes are prevented or changes by external sources. There is a mountain of evidence to suggest that the latter was prevalent in this year’s Democratic primary and in past primaries and General Elections (on the Republican side).

In my opinion, Senator Sanders suffered the greatest impact of election fraud this year. Had he stepped up to the plate and addressed this issue, I would not be running today. However, he chose to remain silent on the issue, which forced me to launch this campaign.

There are several major elements to election fraud that current evidence reveals:

  • Voter registration records are modified
    • Because many primary elections and caucuses are “closed” (meaning only registered members of a particular party can vote in that party’s primary), the manipulation of a voter’s registration (usually changing the voter’s status to independent or “no party preference”), a voter may be denied the right to voter or forced to cast a provisional ballot
      • If the individual voted by mail, the vote will be canceled
      • If the voter cast a provisional ballot, it may or may not actually be counted (due to some technical hurdles the parties have put in place in certain states of which the voter may not be informed)
        • In some cases, provisional ballots are not included in recounts
      • NOTE: Voter demographics have become very sophisticated and statistically predictive, which allows voters’ potential voting patterns to be more readily manipulated
  • Poll availability can be designed to thwart high turnout that favors one candidate over another (again based upon statistically predictable voting patterns that can be forecast)
  • Vote-By-Mail initiatives open the door to election fraud if signature verification techniques either are not sophisticated enough to be of value or are not sufficiently available to handle the throughput
  • Contrary to popular belief, electronic voting machines can be hacked
    • They can be hacked to make votes simply “disappear”
    • They can be programmed to cap candidates’ vote percentages and redistribute any votes above that number in a defined way
    • They can be programmed to apply fractional shares to votes (i.e., Candidate A’ votes count 0.75%; Candidate B’s votes count 1.25%)
    • They can be hacked before votes are cast or when they are being downloaded
    • Imagining technology exists that could preserve an image of the actual vote (as a paper ballot does), but some states destroy the images after the final tally is made, which precludes identifying electronic fraud in a recount
  • Recounts can be manipulated
    • Recounts can be extremely costly to the degree of being nearly inaccessible to the aggrieved candidate
    • Recounts can be manipulated by “correcting” data in precincts to be used in sample audits
    • Imagining technology exists that could preserve an image of the actual vote (as a paper ballot does), but some states destroy the images after the final tally is made, which precludes identifying electronic fraud in a recount

There are more available techniques, but this is representative of the issue and why it reflects a crisis for our Democracy.

See ELECTION FRAUD Solutions
See Rocky De La Fuente on the Reality of Election Fraud