Election tampering threatens democracy

By Nancy Churchill
Contributor

Despite his boorishness, despite threatening to end Kinect (the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange providing care to hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians), and despite trailing in the polls leading up to the election, Republican Matt Bevin mysteriously trounced Democrat Jack Conway on November 3. Critics blame weak turnout among Democrats. I suspect something more sinister.

What if those polls weren’t actually turned around? What if it wasn’t lack of Democratic turnout, but voting machine tampering that gave Bevin the election? That might explain the difference between the polls and the final vote. I mean, if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, might it not be a duck?

Election tampering has been a concern of mine since the advent of computers. Various allegations over the years have been hushed quickly, not pursued in the media.

According to Victoria Collier [truth-out.org/news/item/27204-computerized-vote-rigging-is-still-the-unseen-threat-to-american-democracy-it-s-time-to-change-the-system?tsk=adminpreview], “Harper’s Magazine published a cover story ‘How to Rig an Election,’ … detailing the hidden threat to democracy posed by our electronic vote counting systems. Easily rigged and hacked, these computers are controlled by a handful of shady corporations, some with criminal records, who fight to keep their vote-counting software a ‘trade secret.'”

Progressive.org weighed in on the subject with this [progressive.org/news/2014/06/187724/national-call-link-arms-democracy]: “We know we are under siege. Less clearly understood is how the oligarchs achieved their goals of privatization, a disempowered workforce and a weakened populace.

“A variety of dirty strategies have been deployed to fully subvert ‘government of the people, by the people and for the people.’ All around the country, and particularly in states like North Carolina, Michigan, Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin, they have gerrymandered electoral districts, suppressed millions of votes, and outright rigged and stolen high-stakes elections. Now, they are attempting to further rig blue states by changing Electoral College rules from winner-take-all to proportional representation. Meanwhile, the activist right-wing Supreme Court’s anti-democratic decisions that money equals speech and corporations are persons have ensured that voters are out-gunned by billions of corporate dollars unleashed into the bribery system known as campaign financing.”

I’m an utter cynic when it comes to trusting that elections cannot be rigged. I believe the silence is deliberate. We owe it to ourselves to get to the bottom of this, an uphill battle in today’s climate. It’s up to us to expose this hypocrisy and elect only politicians like Bernie Sanders, who cannot be bought, to make sure our elections are not simply a sham.

Find out more at democracymovement.us.

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