Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Those US voting anomalies

The ‘Great democracy’ regularly sends observers to different parts of the world to monitor the fairness of elections. What a bloody cheek when the anomalies, the voter fraud in the US is so blatant and obvious.

From one of my favourite redheads we had an excellent post - Home Means Nevada – detailing the Nevada Democratic primary debacle.

One of the complaints here was the lack of a secret vote. Voters were publicly intimidated to change sides regardless of their real feeling and intentions.

Clinton workers refused to register non-Clinton voters was despicable, as was Union bosses telling non-Obama voters that they couldn't vote if not for Obama.” (TomCat)

International election monitors are fairly rigorous on the need for a secret ballot, there should be no opportunity for voter intimidation.

Clinton supporters who signed in voters would not sign in Obama supporters. Then Obama supporters were told they could leave after turning in their ballot.” Partisan voting officials is another area clearly seen as unacceptable. A personal choice should be just that and the not the choice of a dominant group.

No one seemed to know their precinct number. Volunteers kept referring to maps which no one could find.” No only must electoral officials be non partisan, they should also have all appropriate information available to assist voters.

Now that series of issues is about the right to a secret ballot and the right to proper dynamics to fairly inform and guide, not coerce voters. That is the voting system, ao what is happening to the ballots/electronic votes?

Black Box Voting reports ballot box tampering in the NH contest. - Holes hidden in plain sight. The "seals" are not seals. The "chain of custody" is not a chain of custody.

This pictorial essay details chain of custody breaches and tampered ballot boxes. Also see Ballot boxes found slit.

No worries, say New Hampshire officials when cuts up to eight inches long are spotted in newly delivered ballot boxes. "The only seal that counts is the one on top." International election monitors go apeshit on these types of anomalies.

The heart of the problem, and another issue of for monitors is that a system should be consistent across the board. Because the primaries are essentially a public vote they should be the same from one place to the next. The confusion of ballot systems would not even be acceptable in a closed party vote, it is certainly unacceptable in a public vote.

Black Box Voting seem to be doing a reasonable job, within their resources. Maybe its time those teams who go grandstanding around the world in the name of democracy could have a look a little closer to home.

3 comments:

abi said...

Americans should be embarrassed by all this. But we're not. We just ignore anything that challenges our high opinion of ourselves.

D.K. Raed said...

Can you believe this is the best system we have come up with after million$ were spent in the wake of the 2000 presidential debacle? It's so bad, Hugo Chavez offered to monitor our elections in 2004. But no, we don't allow any int'l group to monitor OUR elections, we just stick our noses in everyone else's.

NH is providing early clues to voting problems this year & the SC repub primary 1/19 has also reported prob's. As for caucuses, thanks for the hat-tip ... I simply cannot fathom why caucusing is even an approved method for voting. Seems almost the opposite of a free and fair election.

Cartledge said...

"As for caucuses, thanks for the hat-tip" Red, your blog on NV was the sort of inside look that really helps a remote follower to understand.
In fact, for someone who denies being a blogger you do a pretty good job. Thank you.