Monday, January 21, 2008

Widespread Cheating & Vote Suppression by Clinton Campaign

Daily Kos reported Clinton operatives tried to close the doors at 11:30--a full thirty minutes before the doors were supposed to close. In some cases I am hearing they actually succeeded, and voters were turned away before more knowledgeable people could get there to reopen them. The Clinton campaign had obviously told their people to be there by 11:30--and they knew that the higher the turnout, the worse for them.
A play on the "Republicans vote on Tuesday and Democrats on Wednesday, except this one was no joke.
... At least two reports (including my own) of disabled voters being coerced into the Clinton camp against their will, or even having their voter card filled out for them against their will.
Isn't it nice, helping the disabled.
... A few reports of probable out-of-state Clinton operatives being counted among the voters--though since checking ID is illegal, and other Hillary operatives from in-state would vouch for them, it's impossible to say.
This is an example of why IDs must be checked, and why we need to make sure people can't have IDs in two different states allowing them to vote both places.
... At least one report of ballots being filled out in advance for Hillary in mass.
Good old fashioned stuffing of the ballot box.
... At least one report of Hillary supporters saying that the caucus location was just the Hillary room--and that Obama supporters had to go to a faraway location.
Another dirty trick.
... The Clinton operative herself had a Brooklyn accent and I overheard her mention having been from New York. When she stood to be counted in the middle of the room, I objected and asked her if she was actually from Nevada. She said yes. I talked to the chair and asked him to ask her name and find her on the list. He asked her her name and checked the list, and she was not on it. At this point the chair said, "well, I can't ask for ID."
You should be able to.
I said, "She can't participate if no one will vouch for her." At this point a Hispanic man wearing a Hillary shirt said she was his wife.
Is he here leally? Deport both of them.
CQ blogged The Democrats want to end secret ballots for union organizing elections. Republicans have objected, saying it will leave workers at risk of intimidation by both sides. The behavior at the Nevada caucuses make an excellent argument against the Democrats -- and we can use their own objections as evidence.

Edward Morrissey blogged Caucuses benefit party apparatchiks, not candidates and certainly not voters. People in each state should demand a secret-ballot primary rather than the caucuses that create the worst conditions for a rational selection of candidates.

Rick Moran blogged The Clinton’s have demonstrated an appetite for power simply for the sake of exercising it with policies a secondary consideration or worse, simply a means to an end. And that end is the acquisition of control. This has been their modus operandi since coming to Washington 16 years ago. Why should we expect them to change now?

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