The mainstream media from the Washington Post all across the puddle to the UK Guardian is mocking Donald Trump's well-founded fears of a "rigged" election. Some even warn that what Trump is saying could be "dangerous."
The Guardian opines:
"Donald Trump’s claims that if he loses in November it will be due to a “rigged” election have sparked strong bipartisan criticism from election lawyers, donors and a former member of Congress who warn that the Republican candidate’s words are dangerous, fueling doubts about the election’s legitimacy..."
The intelligentsia magazine Vanity Fair intones:
"more than any of Trump’s other outlandish claims—more than any of his other inaccuracies and falsehoods—this one is dangerous. It’s dangerous because it undermines faith in the integrity of democracy itself."
What! Why would anyone lack faith in the integrity of our election system?
After all, in Chicago during the primaries, citizen observers say they saw, with their own eyes, votes illegally being moved to the Hillary column during an audit, and no one did anything about it. Their testimony before the Chicago Board of Elections is on the Internet for anyone to see, and they have filed a lawsuit. Even this is apparently not enough to warrant major media attention.
Who's Counting Testifies Before Chicago Board of Elections
Or could it be because, in the San Diego primary, citizens filmed ballots with votes for Bernie Sanders literally whited-out. That's right. The secretary's best friend.
Or it could be because no less than a 100th president of American Statistical Association has weighed in, as co-author of a 100-page report, saying that evidence of primary fraud for Hillary is egregious and overwhelming?
In this report, "Democracy Lost: A Report on the Fatally Flawed 2016 Democratic Primaries," sponsored by the nonprofit organization Election Justice USA, the expert panel identified voting patterns that it said were "strongly suggestive of electronic voting machine tampering."
The report calls for decertification of the primary results in many states, and for paper ballots in these states, where available, to be counted again, by hand.
The authors also call for the "exclusive use of hand-counted paper ballots in all future US elections."
Who else thinks counting votes by hand, and in public, is a good idea? Almost every other advanced industrialized country in the world, including Germany, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Finland, and 53 other countries.
With the stakes so high, why shouldn't America try what other advanced, industrialized countries do? Would Hillary agree to it?
In the election integrity world it is called transparency. It's the idea that voting should be a public, open process. Hand-count ballots in full public view, with observers from the campaigns and the public able to see the ballot markings and the count.
The media is right. With the political climate about as superheated as it's ever been, it is vital that everyone have trust in the process, and the final outcome.
The experts at Election Justice tell us that when you slide your paper ballot into the kind of optical scanner which is the main type of voting machine across the country, what you marked and what the machine records may be different. That's because, as the HBO documentary Hacking Democracy shows, it is ridiculously easy to hack a machine, possibly from afar, and tell it what to do.
The only way to catch it is to count the ballots by hand.
In a famous scene from Hacking Democracy, clip below, experts show just how easy it is to hack a vote-counting machine. Prepare to see your "democracy" in a different light.
Given that even the media is warning of the dangerous consequences to society of having a disputed vote, Congress can't not help fund this, and in fact it already has a fund just for that purpose. It is the billions of dollars already appropriated to HAVA, the "Help America Vote Act."
The hiring of staff between now and November is logistically feasible, if each precinct is charged with counting its own ballots. Even the largest precincts in US cities have no more than a few thousand voters.
This is what Trump should be calling for, since he obviously is catching wind of what is going on.
CNN reported on August 13th:
"In an interview with CNN's Victor Blackwell, Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said the campaign was concerned with potential election fraud, particularly over electronic voting machines, which security researchers have warned are vulnerable to hacking."
If there is nothing to hide, and no skulduggery afoot, it should be no problem. Right Hillary? Who knows. In a truly fair, largely hand-counted election, even Jill Stein or Gary Johnson might have a small chance.
Greater system integrity is what the media should be pondering, rather than sounding ominous warnings of social chaos to chill discussion of election system integrity.
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