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Republicans Blame Obama Victory On Voter Fraud And Suppression Of The Military Vote

Did voter Fraud Make A Difference in 2012

The Republican Party and their conservative supporters are still raising a ruckus over the results of the 2012 Presidential election. They are convinced the President was able to win a second term due to a deliberate campaign of voter fraud and suppression of the military vote. After examining the issue, we found some evidence of voter fraud and voter suppression, but certainly not enough to change the results of the election.

We may never know exactly how many American soldiers were unable to vote in the recent election, but there are a few facts worth considering. The military is traditionally a conservative stronghold and they have voted in favor of the Republican candidate in every election since the end of the Cold War. The GI vote is far easier to track than the general publics’, due to the highly organized structure of the military, and because there are only 2.5 million soldiers out of 200 million eligible voters. Even if one million soldiers were unable to vote, and considering the military votes 65% Republican, Romney would have only lost 300,000 net votes.

While Obama denies any involvement in suppressing the military vote, it is hard to ignore the simple fact that the military was obstructed from voting in 2012. According to studies conducted by the Military Voter Protection Project and AMVETS Legal Clinic at Chapman University, the number of requests for absentee ballots from the military fell below the already low numbers seen in 2008. Large numbers of soldiers did not receive the form they needed to acquire their absentee ballot.

The statistics on the military vote in the recent election are alarming. Prior to election day, the Military Voter Protection Project released the following statistics and reached a disturbing conclusion:

“Take, for example, the low number of absentee ballots that have been requested thus far in Virginia, North Carolina, and Ohio. Of the 126,251 active duty military members and spouses in Virginia, only 1,746 have requested absentee ballots for the November election. Similarly, in North Carolina and Ohio, less than 2,000 absentee military ballots have been requested by military members and their spouses in those states. Overall, in these three states, less than 2 percent of eligible military voters (5,411 out of 288,961) have requested absentee ballots.”

“For too long, our men and women in uniform have been silenced in the electoral process. !e time to act is now. We must deliver the promise of the MOVE Act and provide them the voting assistance required by law. This is the only way to ensure that their voices will be heard on Election Day.”

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called the situation a “serious failure” by the Pentagon.

“This is an unacceptable failure by Pentagon leaders to comply with the law and ensure our service members and their families are able to exercise one of the most fundamental rights for which they sacrifice every day.”

Looking at the issue of voter fraud, one might expect an extreme Conservative like Joseph Farah to be convinced Obama stole the election. In a post election article for the Examiner, Farah claimed the President received at least five percent (2.5 million votes) of the popular vote due to outright dishonesty:

“I have plenty of anecdotal evidence to show that it was committed by one side in the election in various ways. And I am convinced that at least 5 percent of the Democratic vote can be attributed to fraud – illegal voters, illegal campaign contributions, rigged balloting, intimidation at the polls, you name it.”

“What it means, in short, is that the ends justify the means. It means violence is fine in achieving a worthwhile objective. It means lying, stealing, cheating and all those other bourgeoisie “sins” are appropriate means of furthering the cause. Is there any doubt in your mind today that this is now the reigning ethos of the Democratic Party and its various tentacles and allies?”

As is usually the case with accusations of this sort, Farah’s case is based on “anecdotal evidence,” and that will not hold up in court. It sounds like more of the same old nonsense from the losing side, and frankly, it only serves to distract from the legitimate issue of the military vote and other real problems with our elections that lie outside the realm of partisan politics.

At the same time, it is worth noting that the current United States Attorney General, Eric Holder, has an abysmal record when it comes to dealing with voter fraud. Holder is one of a long line of partisan Attorney Generals, who put their party’s policies ahead of the Constitution.

Consider Holder’s conduct in the controversial issue of voter intimidation in Philadelphia. Despite numerous complaints, the Justice Department did nothing to answer voter concerns, and the same New Black Panther Party member, who was indicted for voter intimidation in 2008, was back at the polling place on November 6, 2012. Only this time, instead of standing away from the entrance, Jerry Jackson was actually opening the door to the polling place as voters entered. That is certainly beyond the pale. No one dressed in full military attire, who belongs to an organization that has suggested killing “Crackers and Jews,” should be opening the door at a polling place on Election day.

American’s should be concerned. There is ample evidence that the nation’s voter rolls are a mess and there seems to be a general unwillingness to do anything about the problem. In the 2012 election, no state was more important than Ohio, but regular requests for assistance dealing with the out of date voting rolls were ignored by the Justice Department. In September of 2012, the Columbus Dispatch in Ohio ran an article about Ohio’s severe problems with the voter rolls. The following disturbing facts were revealed:

“More than one out of every five registered Ohio voters is probably ineligible to vote.”

“In two counties, the number of registered voters actually exceeds the voting-age population: Northwestern Ohio’s Wood County shows 109 registered voters for every 100 eligible, while in Lawrence County along the Ohio River it’s a mere 104 registered per 100 eligible.”

“Another 31 counties show registrations at more than 90 percent of those eligible, a rate regarded as unrealistic by most voting experts. The national average is a little more than 70 percent.”

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted sent a letter to Attorney General Holder requesting an urgent meeting on the problem. He never received a reply and the Justice Department replied “No Comment” when asked if Holder would address the issue. Husted expressed his frustration with the Federal government’s lack of cooperation:

“As Ohio’s chief elections official, it is my responsibility to ensure the votes of every eligible voter are counted and ensure the integrity and accuracy of the results. This is a difficult task when federal regulations limit Ohio’s ability to remove ineligible names, thereby increasing the chance for voter fraud.”

While it is doubtful that voter fraud is the reason Obama won in 2012, there is evidence of the disenfranchisement of the military and America’s voting rolls are long overdue for a through cleaning. Mitt Romney managed to lose the election all on his own, but our soldiers are entitled to vote and citizen’s are entitled to know that dead people and ineligible voters are promptly removed from the rolls.

Every American deserves a fair election. Both sides need to work together to make sure it happens. The time has come for a bi-partisan effort to ensure the 2016 election is the cleanest election in American history. Citizens must bury the hatchet of divisive party politics, look ahead, and work together to protect the most sacred of our freedoms; the right to an honest election, in which every legal citizen is able to vote, and every vote is properly counted.

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25 Responses to “Republicans Blame Obama Victory On Voter Fraud And Suppression Of The Military Vote”

  1. Lane Crystal

    "Barack Obama received more than 99% of the vote in more than 100 precincts in Cuyahoga County, Ohio on election day. In fact, there were a substantial number of precincts where Mitt Romney got exactly zero votes. So how in the world did this happen? Third world dictators don’t even get 99% of the vote." Add to that, in at least 10 counties in Colorado, between 104% and 140% of the registered voters voted in counties where Obama won. Obama didn't win in a single state where a photo ID is required to vote. Uh-huh. http://marketdailynews.com/2012/11/12/election-fraud-barack-obama-won-more-than-99-percent-of-the-vote-in-more-than-100-ohio-precincts/

  2. Lane Crystal

    "Barack Obama received more than 99% of the vote in more than 100 precincts in Cuyahoga County, Ohio on election day. In fact, there were a substantial number of precincts where Mitt Romney got exactly zero votes. So how in the world did this happen? Third world dictators don’t even get 99% of the vote." Add to that, in at least 10 counties in Colorado, between 104% and 140% of the registered voters voted in counties where Obama won. Obama didn't win in a single state where a photo ID is required to vote. http://marketdailynews.com/2012/11/12/election-fraud-barack-obama-won-more-than-99-percent-of-the-vote-in-more-than-100-ohio-precincts/

  3. Rick Venturi

    A Vote by Mail Elections like we have in Oregon will take of all your problems. Voters show their ID when they "register" to vote, not "when" they vote. Safe and Secure! Vote by Mail Elections!

  4. Phil Jackson

    If you believe Snopes I have a nice bridge over San Francisco Bay that I'll sell you real cheap.

  5. Chris Hendricks

    Funny… Conservatives never have a problem with snopes when it says something they LIKE.

  6. Anonymous

    see my post here (Janie) http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20121113041206AAlwQJA it is long but important reading that many do not know about we owe Fitrakis thanks for all he has done (he also broke romney voting machines connection story as well as the illegal softhearted patches the rep SOS of Ohio had in contract to put on the vote machines as Fitrakis is risking his life actually and his house has been bugged many times etc, I suggest bookmarking his page, going to election section and down the right side of machines and even going back to 2004/2005 to see what happened in Ohio or getting his book what happened in Ohio.

    and also read this link and those I mention in the post I did here http://www.freepress.org/columns/display/3/2012/1954 also look around his site.

    He brought the man mentioned below by Lane Crystal to Ohio in Dec of 2004 to testify under oath before a US Congressional conference as they flew here for other sworn testimony of hundreds of Ohioan and this lead to the historic election challenge that guy Lane mentioned also passed a lie detector test, had many death threats and two dogs poisoned. He was asked to design the prototype and did for Jeb Bush's running mate former Senator Feeney (became senator after he helped rig 2000 election) and as told they wanted it to flip the south Florida vote. someone put the slink below or see youtube uncounted also see defending democracy in Ohio and hacking democracy and other election fraud videos.

    In 2004 there were 57,000 voting irregularities nearly all favoring bush..they followed the exact same plan they did in 2004 to rig it this time using the exact same counties and having secretary of state (sos) websites go down..this was tied into Karl roves meltdown on fox news election night.

    But as political junkie said in the yahoo answer it might have been rigged to Obama we will never know but what we do know is that we need hand counted paper ballots and other secure methods to be sure the vote of the American people counts and is counted…the American people must not fight each other but join forces to demand the restoration of our democracy and voter confidence and the one person one vote rule and outlaw all electronic means of voting with hand counting paper ballots at the precinct the results would be out by midnight and the optical scanners that count paper votes can also be rigged, along with the sourcecode and memory cards and man in the middle techniques.

    please see these three links.

    http://www.freepress.org/columns/display/3/2012/1954

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20121113041206AAlwQJA

    http://www.bradblog.com/?p=9713#more-9713

    what I learned as a very involved voting rights activist in 2004/2005 convinced me 99.9% that the votes don't cont unless they want then to or you happen to be on the side of the one they (s)elect.

    if you go anywhere go to the first two links just above here freepress and answered.yahoo. as wonderful informative info there that may explain what happened this election..we know this something is going on behind the scenes and the paid media is on board as owned by the same powers that be as possible both parties (no the people the politicians).

    we also need run off voting to allow more honest third parties in there. please see these links.

  7. Anonymous

    Lane Crystal you are actually incorrect –it was not for a dem but for a high profile repub…see the film uncounted on YouTube to verify this is not correct Please get your facts straight.

    The man in your link Clint Curtis who I met did not rig the vote for a democratic politician..but for the bush campaign He worked at yang enterprise and at the time was a Republican computer programmer. He was asked by Feeney who they got contracts with (bribed ones) to design vote rigging software.

    Feeney was the running mate of Jeb Bush brother of the president George W who swore he would deliver Florida for Bush.

    Curtis says under oath since he was a Republican he thought they wanted to to aware of how it is done as they must be thinking dems were going to try to steal the 2000 election (he was asked to design it before the 2000 election and his took place in Florida where Curtis lived.

    After he designed it with how to reverse it, they told him no you dont understand we dont want to reverse it we want to flip 9change) the vote in south Florida (heavily democrat areas)..he said he hought what are you crooks,,but handed his boss the software which she gave to Feeney–Jeb bush's s running mate.

    on the film uncounted he shows has super easy it is to flip the vote with the quick touch of 2 buttons.

    Curtis also reported to fbi as a whistle bower that this company he worked for was selling secrets to Chinese spies so he quit.

    Curtis has passed a lie detector test. He says they then started tio bribe him offering eventually up to a million dollars and a job anywhere in the country he wanted.

    They the death threats started and he had two dogs killed as reported on bradblog, he also told someone he knew about all this and the man called him saying this is big really big and I have traced it all the way to the top but said he was afraid to talk on phone in case it was bugged,. Before they could meet this man was dead the next day or so allegedly of suicide.

    Later Curtis turned democrat and in fact recently was took place in a conference on the software patches Fitrakis found on the Ohio machines and sued in federal and state court on Nov 6th. Feeney after 200 became a us senator,….well he testified in that video you linked to held in my home town of Columbus, Ohio the Us congressman and women gasped when he said Feeney was the one who asked for and received the vote rigging software as they knew him..It was unequivocally not a democrat who he designed this for but the very running mate of Jeb Bush who helped steal the election with the help of karl roce and he man in the middle Mike Connell who they also killed (see the film on freepress.org

    http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2012/4765

    Clint Curtis eventually ran against Senator Feeney twice and nearly won in fact, he went door to door gathering signed statements from voters and did actually win the 2nd time but they refused to admit these into court. His election posted said Feeeny take the test and had a lei detector line on it

    Some research will prove everything I said was true. Absolutely they can rig the election but generally it is towards the repubs. all we heard then from your side was get over it you lost,.,It is not till you think it hits you that you care …what were we supposed to get over democracy hell no…Not when people stood in line up to 13 hours here and students who did cried when they learned it was rigged after all their hard work and their first election to be like that one,..sad. People in dem districts on chemo were fainting to vote her in lines 2 to 7 hours people were crying when ordered by bosses to leave line or be fired without voting or to pick up kids,,I wont get over all that I learned and witnessed. i will never forget what I learned or ever believe the vote counts till we go to hand counted paper as I know how easy it is to rig elections and suppress the vote and urge voters from the roles etc

    we need paper ballots hand countered at the precincts to help restore voter confidence and nothing electronic. as easy to rig via source and software patches, memory cards and man in the middle attacks with no detection by election official see one example of this in youtuvbes hacking democracy and bev harris of black box voting ,.org showing hoard dean how to rig elections when she downloaded dieboldl s unprotected files that showed how easy it is to do.

    Why did not you care when it benefited your guy..then it was get over it sore loser. But unlike you for people like fritratis who are not dems but greens it is not about party…ems say you work for repubs as trying to get our side not to vote as they dont think it counts (I also vote even though convinced 99.9% it does not count after my work as voting rights activist in Ohio 2004) and repubs say you work for dems trying to help them In truth for fitrakis and for me it is not about party it is about democracy.

  8. Anonymous

    I will only sign bipartisan petition, I am 100% sure there is vote fraud from what I learned and witnessed as a voting rights activist in Ohio 04 but then it was 57,000 voting irregularities almost all favoring bush here is a few of them even had the vote flipping recently made public on youtube then and even in Florida 2000.

    see some of these irregularities. Even my repub paper reported on gahnna Ohio getting about 3000 votes for bush when there were only 600 voters in that precinct/. this was just one of 57,000 irregularities.

    USA map of problems–http://www.votersunite.org/info/mapflyer2004.pdf

    Ohio -the state that decided the election) prolems-http://www.votersunite.org/info/mapflyerohio2004.pdf

    we need hand counted at the precinct paper ballots with transparency..we took a class on this they can count the vote by midnight, they use numbed ballots from tablets that the precinct judge signs the back of after the voter folds it and hands to them for signature then they give it back and it is then deposted into a transparent box with camera on it and locks with only one key..

    At the end of the day they see that all ballots from each tablet are there and each numbered and signed by the precinct judge any not expected dare removed till later
    each vote if legit should be one a a specific tablet that has a =identifying number and one of the 1-100 pages in that tablet and have the Judges resignation on the black of it.

    Having cameras on it all day and people watching should help decrease the number of people trying to vote illegally or something.

    they are hand right there so no cheating takes place in transferring them and counted with each party on the ballot present till all are satisfied an then the results posted publicly before any counts leave the building,. I suggest all voting take place in the high school where people in that area go so all know where to go and each room is a precinct and disabled must either have access or given ballot and delivered in way satisfactory to all r bldg be handicapped access able as most high school are

    the count at end of day is posted on each door and the total and precinct listed on main entry door and the grand total of he building and all the precincts in it is posted on a lite up sign that anyone driving by can take a picture of in the event they later say something different

    I further think we all should be registered automatically at age 18

    these would go a long way to helping restore voter confidence right now 75% of dems do not think vote counts, 505 of independent and 255 of repubs though it may be up as this was in 2006 i imagine it has gone down as voters learn of what happened in 2004 Ohio etc.

    Rita this is about more than party.,.this is about democracy itself and if it happened to one side ti can happen to another so all electronic voting, talk of email or smart phone voting must be demanded to be eliminated

    we cannot have partisan ownership of voting machines and unchecked sourcecode that is proprietary. we cannot have co chairs of one politcal party being election officials like secretary of state. it is not just politicians our issues can also be rigged.

    As long as it is one sided it is not good enough both sides must come together on something important let it be this so I will sign a petition that is for both parties.

    Get a petition going for paper ballots only hand counted at the precinct with total transparent where the vote never leaves the bldg till counted and displayed and that petition will maybe take off like wildfire but good luck getting either party to do it.

    But if enough people demanded it who knows we could really restore voter confidence and let the will of the people take reign again.

  9. Patrick Frye

    Those would be really odd results considering pre-election military polls by the Military Times gave Romney a 66 percent over 26 percent lead. Even before the election the press noticed that the military seemed to be going AWOL on voting. My guess: Republican military voters did the same as civilian voters; they didn't vote in droves.

  10. Chris Hendricks

    Ella… ha! I love it. Tell us some more conspiracy stories! Shrink your conservative base down to you and a handful of true believers. Good strategy. (heavy sarcasm throughout, icymi ;)

  11. Lane Crystal

    "As part of a lawsuit settlement with the Democrat Party, the Gutless Old [Republican] Party agreed to NOT ENGAGE IN ANY VOTER PROTECTION INITIATIVES. Two of the clauses read this way:

    (e) refrain from undertaking any ballot security activities in polling places or election districts where the racial or ethnic composition of such districts is a factor in the decision to conduct, or the actual conduct of, such activities there and where a purpose or significant effect of such activities is to deter qualified voters from voting; and the conduct of such activities disproportionately in or directed toward districts that have a substantial proportion of racial or ethnic populations shall be considered relevant evidence of the existence of such a factor and purpose;

    (f) refrain from having private personnel deputized as law enforcement personnel in connection with ballot security activities.

    ACORN Whistleblower Anita Moncrief added that when she spoke at the Republican National Convention, she had to submit her speech to make sure NOTHING SHE SAID COULD BE CONSTRUED AS VIOLATING THE ORDER TO NOT ASSIST VOTER INTEGRITY. " http://www.politijim.com/2012/11/no-joke-gop-can-not-legally-help-stop.html?m=1

  12. Jeane Orcallme Tiny

    Lane you are rewriting history here.
    In Cuyahoga County, which houses Cleveland…a BIG city…lots of people on welfare…even there Obama only got 68.8% of the vote. There was NO county where Obama got over 99% of the votes.
    Do have proof of these figures for the precincths? Can other people check it?
    In the entire state of Ohio , Obama only beat Romney by 103, 456 votes..Obama had 50.1% of the votes and Romney had 48.2%. Romney took more counties than Obama.
    And a county with a big city rules over the entire state…that is so wrong!
    Your math …like Obama's…doesn't add up
    In You need to check the Election results. check it here >>> http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/President/2012/OH

  13. Jeane Orcallme Tiny

    Snopes has proven to be a biased website….just like Wikipedia. I quit using both because of it.

  14. Chris Hendricks

    How has Snopes proven to be biased? And Wikipedia? (I assume you mean "liberal bias")