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I’m not keen on Operation Hilarity.  I don’t think it’s actually illegal, but I don’t think it’s a good idea to push it here.  I think instead we should be trying to make sure that the elections should be fair.

What I think is far more important is making sure that votes are counted, and counted properly.  Many people here are political junkies, but in case you’re not, there’s pretty good evidence that Republicans’ votes are being miscounted, most likely deliberately, in these primaries.

The Iowa caucuses was the first example.  They declared for Romney, by 8 votes, with the promise that they would certify them in two weeks (two weeks – why should it take so long?).  Two weeks later the vote wasn’t certified.  Then the Republican chairman said it was a tie.  Then he announced that Santorum had won, by 34 votes, and stopped being in charge in Iowa.  Rachel Maddow has had some great reporting on this.

CPAC is another.  Now it’s nonbinding, but there’s great evidence of voter fraud.  Paul won prior straw polls by bringing in loyal supporters; this time, it is the technique that was used by Romney.  But that's a nonbinding event, and of course, as Woody Allen says, 80% of life is simply showing up.

More worrying is Maine, in which Romney was pronounced the winner, by the tiny amount of 194 votes.  Yet there are places whose tallies were actually refused.  There's some pushback, in that Maine Republicans are trying to censure their chairman:

And while some of that partisan fervor was evident at the meeting of Waldo County Republicans, the main concern voiced was the fact that 17 of the 18 towns that caucused together on Feb. 4 turned up blank on the official Maine GOP tallies, which were listed by town in a press release issued after the announcement on Feb. 11.

“I saw the results and saw Winterport: zero. I was like, whatever,” said Aaron Prill of Winterport before the Feb. 14 meeting of county Republicans. Prill voted at the Feb. 4 caucus, but figured maybe there was an error in the statewide results tally. “Then I saw Belfast: zero,” he said. From there he saw the pattern.

I believe it is a combination of deliberate manipulation – that's right, fraud – by the Republican machine that wants Romney - mixed with some genuine incompetence.  (Of course, it could be both simultaneusly.)

Now, I respectfully submit we should be using this information.  There are a number of issues I'd like to bring up:

(1) How do we make sure that we prevent this sort of abuse in the general?

(2) Should we use this - I'm not sure how - to sow dissent among the GOP?  And if so, how?  Certainly all those who are not-Romney supporters should be mad - they need to hear about it more.  

(3) Should we use this to point out that it's another instance of Republican fraud and/or incompetence ... another reason to vote for the Democrats?

I'm sure that others have experience and ideas - I'd love to see them.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

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    by chloris creator on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 03:21:08 AM PST

  •  This primary proves 2 things (2+ / 0-)
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    chloris creator, catfood

    1) Republicans can't manage their own primary, the whole thing as been an administrative mess from a party that thinks they along should run the country. Again Republicans should be nowhere near any seat of power.
     2) Republicans don't care anything about fairness in elections or honesty about election results.

    This is our focus to support getting voters in position to have their vote counted. Fight to get them ids if that is the situation, fight to get them to the polls, work to get new people registered. That is what we can do with our spare time not messing with an already screwed process.

    •  Their rules, their responsibility (1+ / 0-)
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      chloris creator

      Two takeaways: in Iowa, the GOP allowed same day registration w/o voter ID and in Maine, they ignored their own rules about when caucuses could gather. Basically, any day during the week ending last Saturday a town could hold its caucus and many did, including Waterville.

      Waterville, a college town, might have been a Ron Paul town. We just don't know. What we do know about Waterville from Census data is that the estimated population in 2009 was 15,722 which would make it just a tad smaller than making the list of one of the biggest cities in the state. Seriously, Maine is that fucking small. Have you ever been to Aroostook County? But I digress...

      Anyway, according to the Portland Press Herald, Waterville's share of registered voters has increased to 13, 823. Both the Democrats and Republicans gained voters, w/ the GOP adding 13% to their total number.

      According to the statewide figures — which are sketchy at best since they zero-voted all of Waldo County — only about 2% of registered voters participated in the caucuses. If you add the same percentage of registered voters from Waterville to the number, you get an additional 276 votes. Is it enough to swing the election to Paul, probably not but will we ever know.

      What makes the shenanigans in Waterville even more remarkable is the fact that Maine's Governor, Paul LePage, used to be Waterville's mayor before he was elected governor in 2010.

      Call me cynical but something is amiss.

  •  it eon't matter to Republicans. . . (0+ / 0-)

    . . .they don't live in a reality based universe. As long as Foxoganda points to any alledged instances of voter fraud by Democrats, they will believe it and ignore any and all real and actual voter fraud by Republicans. I would bet there are only ten Republicans in the whole country that know of the Michael Connel actual voter fraud.

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