The US has reached the point to where we rival the staunchest most oppressive countries in the world when it comes to fair elections. This year’s presidential primaries and state Senate and House elections have proven to be the most rigged in our history.
The Democratic presidential primaries this year was filled with corruption from the start with Hillary Clinton winning the Iowa Caucus via supposedly, winning some 6 coin tosses, which would be impossible for anyone to achieve, to the big cheat in California where thousands of votes are still uncounted that more than likely would have given Sanders the win.
The biggest indication of a Hillary cheating in the presidential primaries was Sanders’ total surrender to Hillary after the elections, without even questioning the results. At this point, neither Sanders or Hillary Clinton had enough Delegates to win the nomination. If foul play on the part of Hillary Clinton was not an issue, Sanders should have taken it all the way to the Republican Convention, but instead, he endorsed Hillary for president and shortly afterward, went on to buy a $600K lake front house in Vermont, further fueling speculation of a Hillary pay off.
Fixed elections have continued since the Presidential primaries with the Paul Ryan landslide win in Wisconsin, even though his poll numbers indicated he would lose the election.
Perhaps the biggest indication of fixed elections was the John McCain win in the Arizona Senate primary, against Ann Kirkpatrick. Before the election, McCain had the largest disapproval rating of his career, yet pulled off the win with impressive numbers.
The fact is the US has not had a truly fair election since we went to electronic ballots shortly after the hanging chad spectacle in Florida in 2000 between George W Bush and Al A Gore. The opportunity for manipulating the votes to favor a candidate the establishment in Washington wants in power is virtually unchecked with electronic ballots. Here, there is no paper trail, no proof of foul play in changing a voter’s choice after the ballot is cast, or in some cases, erasing the vote altogether. This, along with the age old ways of cheating, such as having one person voting multiple times in the same election, dead people voting, and allowing people who are here illegally to vote, are constantly being used to sway the vote in favor of a desired candidate.
What we essentially end up with is people appointed to office rather than elected and a government filled with individuals who rule us, rather than represent us.
Indications of a rigged election in the 2012 Presidential election where Barack H. Obama won reelection was first noticed in the last debate where Romney clearly threw the debate away for an Obama win.
Going even further back to the Presidential election in 2004 between John Kerry and George W Bush, we find Kerry up by large margins over Bush in all exit polls, yet when the final votes came in, Bush won by very large numbers. In all previous elections, all media outlets used exit polls in calling the winner early before all votes were counted. However, this was not the case for this particular Presidential race. The main factor for the upset was electronic ballots and manipulating the votes for Bush.
This year, we have an even bigger problem facing us when it comes to voter fraud and rigged elections in the form of President Obama’s desire to have Department of Homeland Security take over the 2016 Presidential elections. This in itself would be an assurance of a fixed election for the Federal government to impose a leader not elected by the people.
The question is, what can we, as US citizens do to combat election fraud and manipulation? The first and primary action we can take is to demand that this country go back to a way of voting that has a paper ballot. Either we go back to a non-electronic voting process involving individual voting cards which are each counted after being cast at every precinct for a honest tally, or require each computer voting machine to have a paper receipt. The paper receipt would be a very easy task to achieve everywhere and no different than the receipt you get at any grocery store. The computer ballot receipt would come in the form of two receipts, 1 for the voter and 1 for the precinct to count. This way, the voter can compare them before placing the receipt in the box at the precinct to be counted.
The only other way to stop rigged ballots is to require ID at the precinct before anyone is allowed to vote, this eliminates the prospects of multi votes by one person, dead people votes, and votes coming from individuals who are not citizens of the US.
Unless we choose to change things in the way we vote, we will continue to have officials who are appointed by the government and not elected by the voting citizens of our country.
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