Regardless of whether one loves Donald Trump, hates him, or is playing the lesser-of-two-evils game, Trump recently said a true thing. Of the upcoming general election vote in Pennsylvania, he said “She [Hillary Clinton] can’t beat what’s happening here. The only way they can beat it in my opinion, and I mean this 100 percent, if in certain sections of the state they cheat.”
Trump seems to have learned a lesson from the Democratic primaries. Clinton has a stranglehold on the nation's election apparatus, at least in critical states. A new report from the citizens' election integrity watchdog Election Justice USA concluded that there was:
"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."
In other words, the group says, Bernie Sanders may well have won the Democratic primary.
Trump has called for election "observers" from his ranks. But this misunderstands that the main cause of election fraud is invisible. Almost.
The quickest way to a good understanding of how elections are stolen is, first, to view the following demonstration from the HBO documentary Hacking Democracy. In it, a computer hacker shows how easy it is to "flip" votes away from one candidate to another. Watch how the votes are flipped in a way which can only be exposed by hand counting the ballots later.
Vote Hacking Demonstration
Done watching? Okay, now you know why Election Justice and all the major election integrity groups are rallying around one prescription to fix the problem. Hand count all the ballots, starting now.
Hand counting the ballots exposes machine vote flipping. There are other ways to illegally influence an election, such as voter suppression and registration purging (called "stripping') but machine flipping makes up the major part of it. It is especially insidious because election officials may not even know it is happening unless they crack a box of ballots and hand count the votes. A hacker can come in through a "trap door."
Strip and flip, election watchdogs call it.
At its Facebook page, Election Justice USA says:
"We're working to start a mass movement for the adoption of hand-counted paper balloting as a universal standard in US elections. These simple reforms will ensure honest elections while saving taxpayer money.
Want to join us? Follow us here on Facebook and on Twitter: @Elect_Justice."
In its landmark 96-page report, Election Justice calls the 2016 Democratic primaries "fatally flawed." In "Democracy Lost" the non-profit group cites as its main remedy "Exclusive use of hand counted paper ballots in all future US elections."
Hand counts must take place in public with public observers able to view and review the counts.
Some election analysts say that, with an honest election, Jill Stein might even have a chance, as at least one third of Democrats according to MSM polls are running to Stein, and 45% of voters now identify themselves as independents. With a good chunk of those independents, Stein becomes competitive and could beat either Trump or Clinton. But not if she is summarily squashed by vote flipping.
Hand count the ballots. It's the easy thing, the right thing, and the democratic thing. No matter who you support.
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