Vote Fraud and Election Theft

I feel like I’m a little bit out of the loop on this particular bit of Ron Paul reporting, but it seems as though there are many supporters of our favorite candidate who are calling into question the results of the Nevada caucus.  Because of the serious time difference between Asia and the US, I have to admit that I wasn’t watching the results as they came in; I just got up today and was disappointed with the Romney result.

Part of me was a wee bit surprised, since I knew that Ron Paul’s strategy was to campaign hard in the caucus states, which don’t have the “winner take all” flavor of a state like Florida.  Paul has been campaigning hard in states like Maine, Nevada, and Minnesota – states where the campaign managers believe that he has the best chance to walk away with the largest number of delegates.  Paul was predicted to do very well in Nevada, which is why I was frankly a bit surprised that he didn’t do better.

I will admit that sometimes Ron Paul supporters get a little bit too quick to lay blame for Paul’s losses with someone else.  Sometimes the conspiracy theories fly a little too fast and far for my liking.  That said, it seems like there was something strange going in Nevada last night.  Clark County, which is home to Las Vegas, turned in their votes late, partly due to a special caucus that was held after sundown for Jewish constituents.  There have been reports of voter fraud from that particular precinct.  However, there have already been vote recounts.  Early counts had Paul winning by as much as 60%.  What happened?

Frankly, I’m not sure what happened.  First, it seemed like people were being denied the opportunity to vote based on religious beliefs, which is illegal. Then it seemed like Ron Paul supporters hijacked the special caucus.  … I’m not really sure what was going on here, but I know that during the regular caucus hours, there were people who didn’t get to vote because of some issues with pre-registration paperwork.  Folks had to stand in line and, although the caucus was supposed to run from 9-11am, some of the caucuses started closing down at 10:30a.m.  Hardly seems fair.

In any case, as long as we’re on the subject of electioneering and fraud, I stumbled across this mildly disturbing video that shows how the Diebold voting machines, which are commonly used in lots of places, can be hit with viruses.  This can be done from the polling place or from a central office. Either way, it seems like it would be fairly easy to steal an election, if one really had the intent to do so.

I don’t really know what happened in Nevada, but I do know that just because Paul apparently didn’t win in terms of votes cast, he may still come out with the most delegates.  Remember, loyal Paul fans, that the delegates aren’t officially counted from the caucus states and won’t be until the Republican convention in June.  Although the media reports on how many delegates have been allocated by wins in various states, the fact is that nobody knows who has won the caucus states until the convention.  That is why Paul’s campaign has worked so tirelessly in the caucus states; the vote is ultimately just a straw poll, and the delegates are the only thing that really matters.  Delegates are decided after voting, and Paul supporters are trained to stick around and volunteer to become delegates.  Here’s hoping that the Paul campaign has a few surprises in store at the convention!

Report on the Nevada caucus

“Evening Caucus Gets Ugly” – Fox News 5 Vegas


About The Lady Libertarian
I am American, currently expatriated but hopeful about getting back home one of these days. Besides reading and writing about politics, I enjoy camping, sailing, canoeing, making pie, and traveling. I hope you'll enjoy this blog and find it informative and accessible.

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