Election Fraud Report Recommends Decertifying Primary Results for Hillary, Hand Counts of Ballots
A report by the nonprofit election integrity organization Election Justice USA (EJUSA) is recommending that Democratic primary results in numerous states, including New York and California, be decertified and that the paper ballots be recounted by hand in all states which show irregularities, where paper ballots are available, and counted by hand in all future US elections.
Certification of election results is in the hands of the elected position of Secretary of State in each state.
The report, "Democracy Lost: A Report on the Fatally Flawed 2016 Democratic Primaries,"questions the legitimacy of the nomination of Hillary Clinton. It is co-authored by the 100th president of the American Statistical Association, Fritz Scheuren, a professor at George Washington University. The report declares:
"We conclude by calling for decertification of the 2016 Democratic primary results in every state in which we have established a reasonable doubt as to the accuracy of the vote tally."
The states in which EJUSA found strong and compelling evidence of election fraud against Bernie Sanders are Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
As a remedy for future elections, the report calls for the "exclusive use of hand-counted paper ballots in all future US elections."
The report calls attention to a famous scene the HBO documentary "Hacking Democracy," in which the ease with which a vote-counting machine can be "hacked" is demonstrated. The machine employs a kind of ballot-scanning technology which is currently in use in most states. A malicious program is inserted in the machine, with or without the knowledge of local election officials, which miscounts the votes on the ballots inserted into the machine. Most voting jurisdictions in the US now use such "optical scan" vote tabulating machines.
"Hacking Democracy" Hacking Demonstration
The report estimates that up to 184 pledged delegates went to Clinton which should have gone to Sanders. The report concludes:
"an upper estimate of 184 pledged delegates lost by Senator Bernie Sanders as a consequence of specific irregularities and instances of fraud. Adding these delegates to Senator Sanders’ pledged delegate total and subtracting the same number from Hillary Clinton’s total would more than erase the 359 pledged delegate gap between the two candidates."
Following the release the EJUSA report, the mainstream media have attempted to dispel the notion that election fraud could happen in the United States.
In a piece mocking Donald Trump's recently expressed fears that the general election will be "rigged" for Clinton, Brendan Nyhan of the New York Times writes in "How Donald Trump’s ‘Rigged’ Claim Chips Away at Democracy":
"Most recently, supporters of Bernie Sanders spread similar conspiracy theories that Hillary Clinton’s campaign used election fraud to win the Democratic nomination."
Nyhan even goes so far as to charge that it is Trump who threatens democracy by challenging the integrity of elections, rather than the perpetrators of possible fraud, saying:
"This claim threatens the norms of American elections and could provoke a damaging reaction among his supporters."
And the Washington Post, in an article published on August 15th, two weeks after the release of the EJUSA report, seems intent on preemptively discounting any future allegations of election fraud. The title of the Post article is "Why plenty of Donald Trump supporters will believe that Hillary Clinton stole the election."
EJUSA identified voting patterns it said were "strongly suggestive of electronic voting machine tampering."
The report noted that "in other technologically advanced countries such as Germany, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Finland, and 53 other countries," election ballots are counted by hand and in public. Germany banned the use of machines to count ballots in 2009.
The entire Democratic primary season was marked by multiple lawsuits, federal and state level investigations of election fiascos and irregularities, and open instances of fraud benefiting Hillary Clinton, all of it unreported by the national media. In Chicago, a citizens election watchdog group testified at a Chicago Board of Elections hearing that they witnessed local election officials manipulating the results of machine-counted ballots. A lawsuit has been filed by election integrity activists.
Who's Counting Testifies Before Chicago Elections Board
In San Diego, citizen election observers filmed ballots on which votes for Bernie Sanders appeared to be erased with white-out. A lawsuit alleging election fraud on the part of city officials has also been filed in San Diego County.
Other election integrity groups are also calling for all future elections in the US to be conducted by paper ballots which are hand-counted in full public view, such as the Institute for American Democracy and Election Integrity.
The recent EJUSA report is one of a number of reports and papers released this year challenging the primary election results which propelled Hillary Clinton to the status of "presumptive nominee." Another was published by graduate students affiliated with Stanford University entitled "Are we witnessing a dishonest election?"
(Ralph Lopez is a journalist living in Massachusetts and founder of Hand-Count the Ballots)