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Presidential Elections and Potential Problems

Updated on May 17, 2014
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Do we need protection from ourselves?

The 2012 Presidential Election had the potential to be a disaster. The warning signs were all around us and many of us doubted that we would have an honest, fair election. Could it be that we would wake up on November 7th only to find that accusations of fraud and corruption had put the United States in the headlines again?

I care about my country. I care about the men and women who are serving around the world to protect us from our enemies. Do we need to bring them home to protect us from the enemies within our own borders? These were the thoughts running through my mind as we faced this critical election.

Voter Registration Fraud in Virginia?

Virginia was one of the critical states in this 2012 Presidential Election. On Thursday, October 18th, a man was arrested in Rockingham, Virginia, Colin Small has been charged with -

  • four counts of destruction of voter registration applications
  • eight counts of failing to disclose voter registration applications
  • one count of obstruction of justice

Small was working for PinPoint, a company contracted to collect voter registrations by the Republican Party of Virginia. The charges were filed against Small after a Harrisonburg, VA store owner found voter registration forms from Virginia in a dumpster behind his store. Read the details from usnews.com here.

Signon.org had a petition up asking for further investigation into voter registration fraud.

We deserved a fair and honest election but, would we get it?

It gets worse.

Senator Jim Moran (D) of Virginia asked Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate voter fraud in Virginia. But -

On Thursday, October 25th, the Washington Post reported that Senator Moran's son, Patrick Moran, resigned from his father's campaign after being caught on video discussing a voter registration fraud scheme that involved using utility bills to create voter registrations for citizens who rarely vote. Granted, it was only a conversation at this point but, Patrick Moran resigned for a reason. Watch the video and form your own opinion. Is this the future of elections in the United States?.

Voter Registration Fraud - Florida?

On October 2nd, abcnews.com reported that Strategic Allied Consultants, hired by the Republican Party to collect voter registrations in Florida, allegedly faked voter registrations. Election officials discovered hundreds of fake voter registrations in nine Florida counties. The firm of Strategic Allied Consultants was employed by Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado and Nevada to collect voter registrations. Several voter registration forms in North Carolina and Virginia were flagged as possible fraudulent forms. Approximately 100 questionable forms were identified in Florida.

Could the votes in Florida be trusted?

Conflict of Interest - Ohio?

Ohio was another critical state in the 2012 Presidential Election and Ohio voters wondered if there would be a fair accounting of their votes.

Hart Intercivic supplied voting machines to Ohio, as well as some other states and rumors surfaced that Tagg Romney, the son of Mitt Romney, was a major investor in the company. Candidate Mitt Romney was also rumored to have invested $10 million in seed money in the company and provided strategic advice, according to MSN news.

According to the report on MSN news, Hart had a good reputation for reliable reporting but could the voters in Ohio relax? Some did not think so. Another petition was been posted on signon.org asking for an investigation into the potential for fraud in the Ohio polls.

Fact or Fiction

Whether the allegations of voter registration fraud or conflict of interest were proven or not, this 2012 Presidential Election showed us that elections in the United States are a breeding ground for problems. We deserve a fair and honest election system but it will be up to each of us to be the eyes and ears for the country.

Politicians work for us, in spite of how it feels sometimes. In other articles, I have pleaded with you to vote responsibly and now, I will plead with you to be a participant in the entire voting process. It is our responsibility as voting citizens to fight for a secure selection process. We must have confidence that our true voice will be heard in the democratic process. It is not enough to vote. We also have to hold our elected representatives accountable and that may mean demanding fair and responsible processes for future elections. Will we learn from the 2012 Presidential Election?


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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    It is sad to think that we may need international monitors to be sure of a fair and free election. That won't happen of course, the Parties could never agree on who would monitor. Have we really become ungovernable? I have sort of felt that way for a very long time.

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    Sounds good to me. However no matter what fraud is an old story and has been going on for years in favor of both parties. I would also like to think it is a fair and square election regardless of who wins. Thanks for this most interesting presentation. VOted UP.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    xstatic - I felt sort of like a rat even writing this hub but, people need to quit following so blindly and use their God-given brain to see things for what they are. Integrity is becoming a rare commodity in the political arena and yet I find it growing in leaps and bounds in the private sector. It makes no sense to me. Well, actually it does, but it makes me very sad. Thanks for reading. I know I didn't tell you anything new. :-)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks Carol. I was so saddened this morning to hear of my own state being accused of possible fraud. Virginia is a key in this election and to have shadows of doubt cast on us is not only embarrassing, but sad. I feel so strongly that we deserve a fair election and this one is so important. Thanks for reading and for the vote.

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    By the way, I see that Colin Powell has endorsed Obama this morning. He might be a good bet for Sec of State again. They would not fool him a second time about WMD.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    xstatic - that's great news. I would love to see Colin Powell back in the ranks. He is a man of integrity, brains, and brawn. We lost a good one when he left Washington. To think he might come back as SOS would be exciting. Thanks for sharing this.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    This sort of thing has just surfaced over the past few presidential elections, but I remember clearly talk about this during the Kennedy/Nixon election in 1960. It's not new but it needs to stop, and your hub perfectly describes the situation and serves to enlighten others about the potential problems that could surface in the next two weeks. Well done Linda!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Bill. I'm obsessed right now. When I think how hard people work and how little they get for it, it makes me a mad woman. These guys and gals are supposed to be our employees, working for us, and doing what we need them to do. They owe us an honest election. And, we need to stop being so naïve and vulnerable. I promise I'll be back to happier hubs soon. :-)

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    SassySue1963 4 years ago

    Hi Irc,

    There is no voter fraud. That is what the Democrats have been claiming to fight voter ID laws isn't it?

    You forgot one as well. The letters sent out to thousands of registered Republican voters in Florida telling them they are not eligible to vote.

    "Hoss says the letter included a form seeking personal information, including his Social Security and driver's license numbers."

    Why else would the letter request such information if not to stand in their own voters instead?

    http://www.clickorlando.com/news/Feds-to-probe-pos...

    Voter ID would only prevent 2 of these instances that you cite, that is true. So now we've at least prevented 50% of this alleged voter fraud though.

    As for the voting machines, they were purchased last July and neither Romney nor his son have any financial holding in the company. Tagg Romney has a small financial holding in another company Solamere Capital, which has no ties to Hart Intercivic. As to Hart Intercivic,

    "Election experts say that because Hamilton County -- like many but not all jurisdictions using Hart Intercivic machines -- requires paper trails and random post-election audits, it is exceedingly unlikely that a voting machine company could get away with manipulating results, even if it were to take the extraordinary step of trying to do so."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/23/pro-romne...

    Ideally, I'd agree that all voting machines in all jurisdictions should be required to provide paper trails.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    SassySue, I think you statement that there is "no voter fraud" is naïve. The kid arrested here in Virginia was working for both the Republicans and the Libertarian parties. He tossed the registration forms in the trash. Intentional or not, that is fraud in my book. Patrick Moran resigned from his father's campaign immediately after the release of the video where he was discussing an illegal means to collect votes. That is fraud in my opinion. Floridians know that there forms were forged. That is fraud.

    The Ohio voting machine issue is still questionable, I'll aree with you there. But when a Presidential race is as close a this one, don't we deserve to have confidence in this election? I think we do. And, I hope we will.

    I appreciate your view and your commen.

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    SassySue1963 4 years ago

    Hi Irc,

    Yes of course there is voter fraud. I was being facetious. There is and has been before as well. It is why the Voter ID laws were introduced and exist in some 30 states.

    Yes he resigned, but, how much voter fraud has he already put in place in Virginia? That is my concern.

    Yes, the word is out for those letters in Florida, but how many who received them will not get the information?

    Sadly, we have no way of actually monitoring this information. It is good to know that in most districts there will be a paper trail to check the results of the voting machines. It's hard to believe this isn't a requirement everywhere.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    SassySue - OOPS! Sorry. I've been dealing with naïve people all morning. I apologize for being defensive. This election session is making me crazy. Please forgive my bad behavior. :-(

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    SassySue1963 4 years ago

    No problem Irc. Things such as sarcasm and facetiousness do not translate well in print sometimes.

    Don't worry. This election will soon be over. Just over a week to go now.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    SassySue - I am counting the hours. lol

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    ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

    This hub has a ridiculous assertion that owning an interest in machines makes a difference in how they are going to be used in the election.

    If there is any validity in this assertion, then I would encourage you to write a hub on the ownership of all the voting machines in the country and come up with some facts as to how they may have been misused or abused in previous elections.

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    Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

    Linda, it looks like you see as I tried to get others to see in my newscasts. Politicians are scam artists. There is no such thing as an honest politician that been in office for over three months. It usually takes up to that length of time for the lobbyists to taint them. lol The popular vote really doesn't count anymore as the electoral college will pick the winner anyway. Great Job!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello ib radmasters. I can appreciate your comoment and I only intended to suggest that there is a conflict of interest. Ohio could certainly have chosen another vendor and personally, I think they should be required to.

    Voting machines are not my expertise, obviously, and I consider this an opinion piece, not a scientific study. It is based purely on news reports, not independent research. I do respect your opinion though.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Rich, thanks for your comment. I know this hub won't be well received by some but I can't sit here and do nothing when even my friends are blind to the reality of this election. I just have to do something to encourage people to make informed choices. It's the curse of being me. :-)

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    Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

    lrc7815 This is a very good hub, and it is true. The problem is people who do not live in Virginia and Ohio do not see the problems as closely as people who do live in Virginia and Ohio. We see it all over the place.

    I have seen billboards in neighborhoods where mostly African American people live, that say "Voter Fraud is punishable by 3 1/2 years in prison" They are only placed in Ohio and Virginia. The company that put them up is owned by Bain Capital. Interesting isn't it?

    And yes, the voting machines in Ohio could have been rigged, how can it be proven that they are reliable? People in Ohio have been talking about it, not on the news, but to each other.

    So, in reality this hub is fine, there are problems with this election.

    When it comes to the coal company, an owner forced the people who worked there to listen to Romney without being paid.

    The owner also told his workers they would be fired if Obama won.

    There is a lot going on that Romney is responsible for, people just don't know how much.

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    Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

    Very well done bringing these point out in this way. There can not be enough scrutiny and society needs to wake up and pay attention. More than that, wake up, pay attention and take action.

    Mark

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hey Michele. You know, I really did not intend to write this hub but when I was sitting down to write this morning, the news broke about Patrick Moran and I thought, dang it, even the Dems are acting like idiots. I started doing a little reading and I just felt so infuriated that we, the hard working people in all of this can't even trust that we the democratic process will serve us. So I wrote about what I had learned. I didn't do it to point fingers but more to say to "us", the people, that we have to be involved in the process. We can't just trust that someone else is looking out for us. I can tell from your comments that you "get it". Thank you so much. I don't know what is going to be worse, the hurricane coming our way or this election. :-)

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Thank you for your efforts to raise voter awareness, May I also suggest the local media as a possible contact.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi MH! That's an excellent idea. I use to write editorials for the local paper all the time but had pushed it to the back of the pile. I will pursue this in the morning and really appreciate you suggesting it. I am just driven to do what I can. :-) Thanks so much. You are such a good guy.

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    Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

    Unfortunately I have grown very pessimistic when it comes to our governments "fair" practices and no longer am all that surprised when news leaks our to support this assumption.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello shiningirisheyes! I'm right there with you. Thanks for reading. I really appreciate the visit.

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Linda, visit dailykos.com to sign a new petition urging investigation of these problems.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hey xstatic. Thanks for the tip. It's done! I really appreciate you sending it and I have bookmarked the site for future reads.

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    watergeek 4 years ago

    Well I really like that you wrote this hub. I totally agree that citizens need to be more involved in how our government is run. I'm doing it other ways, so thanks for taking on the election process. I have family in Virginia. I've signed the petition and shared it on Facebook.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    hi watergeek! Thanks so much for being involved, in whatever way you choose. At least you're doing something. :-) And thanks for signing the petition. Tell your family in Virginia to keep an eye on the weather too. This storm has the potentil to be bad. The governor just issued a State of Emergency a few minutes ago. Thanks for reading and sharing!

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    Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

    Hello Linda, Well done expose. Some will do anything to sway the outcome of an election, including committing fraud and putting laws (obstacles) in place to supposedly stop fraud.

    I love our political process, but after Florida in 2000, nothing will surprise me. When power is at stake, anything is possible. Maybe those international monitors should be standard in every country.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Cyndi. Thank you for the visit and for weighing in on this issue. You are so right. Power causes people to do strange things. I just hope we wake up on the 7th with a clear decision.

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