California Landslide Possible for Sanders After Votes Counted, Election Activists Sue Media for Fraud Complicity
Making it clear that the "presumptive" nomination of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Party nominee for president is far from a done deal, Bernie Sanders supporters in California are filing suit to demand that Secretary of State Alex Padilla insure all "provisional ballots" in all 58 California counties are properly counted, a vast number of ballots likely to tilt the final result markedly toward Sanders. The Fresno Bee reports that in Los Angeles County alone, the highest number of provisional ballots ever cast in a primary were cast last June 7th, 240,000, compared with 50,000 in 2012 and 176,000 in 2008. In total, approximately 2.5 million ballots remain to be counted.
Provisional ballots are ballots which can be cast by independent voters, who in every Democratic primary this season have leaned heavily toward Sanders, by as much as 90%. Before the California primary, a furor ensued after poll workers were reported being told to give independents the wrong ballots for the Democratic primary, the "provisional ballots," which have no candidate names printed on them, rather than regular Democratic primary ballots. Although both must be counted according to state law, poll workers concerned with fair elections revealed that in practice, provisional ballots were often not counted.
In an additional development, election activists who had filed a lawsuit against Republican operative Karl Rove in the 2004 presidential election for fraud in Ohio, the disputed swing state whose electoral votes gave George W. Bush a second term over Democratic nominee John Kerry, are today filing a lawsuit invoking RICO statutes in Ohio over electoral fraud benefiting Hillary Clinton. Included in the defendants are major media organizations, for complicity in criminal election fraud. Below are remarks by attorney Cliff Arnebeck, one of the filers of the lawsuit and chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of Common Cause Ohio.
Arnebeck said at the fair elections conference this week:
"There is no way the Democratic Convention is going to nominate somebody on the basis of obviously stolen votes…the facts are coming out and that’s a fact…We are suing the media as being complicit in the crime. They are acting as accessories after the fact. They are covering up evidence of criminal activity, it’s a crime"
“In my opinion Hillary Clinton has been used for the purpose of scuttling Bernie Sanders campaign for president, she is being used…but they’ve been caught, it’s obvious, it’s just like Bernie Sanders when he talks about the system is rigged, ah the elections are rigged, the evidence is clear, everybody’s gona see it and the game is over…Bernie has won in fact…”“We are going to be filing a racketeering lawsuit under the Ohio Racketering law, the strongest in the country and we can bring in every state, our RICO statute is coextensive with the federal RICO statute… So they’re nailed."
The Common Cause lawsuit takes place during a primary season which has seen unprecedentedly blatant evidence of vote fraud taking place against Senator Bernie Sanders, considered the outsider against establishment candidate Hillary Clinton. In Chicago, a citizens' election watchdog witnessed the vote totals of hand-counted ballots at a mandatory vote audit being altered to benefit Hillary Clinton. In Arizona and New York, two critical states, hundreds of thousands of likely Sanders voters saw their registrations disappear from the voter rolls, or their party affiliation changed without their consent.
Citizens Election audit group describes witnessing fraud for Hillary in Chicago
The role of the media in influencing the primary in favor of Clinton has taken its own spotlight this year, most recently when AP reported that Clinton already had reached the requisite delegate number to clinch the nomination a full day before the states of California, New Jersey, and New Mexico had even voted.
In 2004, Cliff Arnebeck had filed a lawsuit against Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, and Bush operative and former chief of staff Karl Rove, for election fraud in the critical swing state of Ohio, which was set to go to trial when a key Republican witness, IT guru Mike Connell, was killed in a small plane crash. Democracy Now reported at the time:
"A top Republican internet strategist who was set to testify in a case alleging election tampering in 2004 in Ohio has died in a plane crash. Michael Connell was the chief IT consultant to Karl Rove and created websites for the Bush and McCain electoral campaigns. Michael Connell was deposed one day before the election this year by attorneys Cliff Arnebeck and Bob Fitrakis about his actions during the 2004 vote count in Ohio and his access to Karl Rove’s email files and how they went missing."
Sanders supporters in California are urging voters to take photos of poll results posted outside polling stations while they remain posted this week, as a part of ongoing efforts to dispute announced California election results as fraud.