Well for one, in New York, a supposed 'gaffe' by the NY board of elections caused soldiers serving overseas to not be given their absentee ballots. Delays caused the deadline for shipping them out to expire. To make this look like an honest mistake Senator Chuck Schumer and mayor Michael Bloomberg feigned being enraged by this mistake, and demanded that the ballots be send out immediately. Read about this at nydailynews.com.
"The gravity of New York's failure cannot be overstated. With approximately 50,000 military and overseas voters in New York City alone, there is no doubt that the November elections could be altered by this failure,” said Eric Eversole, a former Justice Department voting section attorney who recently started a nonprofit organization, Military Voter Protection, to protect military voting rights.
“The sad fact is that New York City's failure will have its greatest impact on those military members serving on the front lines," Eversole said. "They do not have the luxury of receiving their ballots via e-mail and must rely on a notoriously slow postal service to receive their ballots. Without immediate action, there is no doubt that some of these troops will be disenfranchised by New York's failure. It is truly shameful."This could be one of the most distasteful things I have ever read. But wait, there's more! At least threes states are reporting instances of voter fraud. In Nevada, residents who went out to the polls to vote for Sharon Angle, weren't given a choice. The voting machine had pre-checked Harry Reid's name on the ballot. In North Carolina a similar problem had voters frustrated, machines that ignored your choices and instead cast your ballot for Democrats across the board.
“Sam Laughinghouse of New Bern said he pushed the button to vote Republican in all races, but the voting machine screen displayed a ballot with all Democrats checked. He cleared the screen and tried again with the same result, he said. Then he asked for and received help from election staff.”Also, in Dallas last week a man tried repeatedly to vote for Rick Perry, but instead selects Deb Shafto, and all of the Green Party candidates. He tries repeatedly, but gets the same results every time. The video, originally uploaded to youtube has been taken down to to the possibility that video taping in a polling booth in Texas is illegal.(Note, in some states it is perfectly acceptable to videotape 'your own' voting experience. I have a copy of the video, but will not release it until I can verify the legality of the matter. Here,, however instead is some election official showing a machine glitching and claiming it's simply a 'calibration' issue. Ok, I don't necessarily doubt that, but what I do doubt is that after almost a decade of these kinds of machine being used, they are still as glitchy as they are.
“They pushed it twice and the same thing happened,” Laughinghouse said. “That was four times in a row. The fifth time they pushed it and the Republicans came up and I voted.”
I had the displeasure of using one of the Smartmatic, Sequoia Voting Systems Inc. voting machines during the primary election season and I did not like it one bit. The company was investigated after it had Sequoia had purchased Venezuelan company Smartmatic. There were rumors the company was owned by the Venezuelan government. They deny any ties to Hugo Chavez, or any government agency in Venezuela.
I am a reasonable person, and would gladly except that a few isolated incidents would occur, but machines in three different states voting for liberal candidates when the voter clearly chose conservative ones is getting a little to close to a genuine conspiracy for my tastes. Let's hope this is quickly investigated, and either cleared up, or those possibly responsible for this are brought to justice.
Sadly, there is little that can be done for the tens of thousands of service men and women who will probably not get to vote in this years New York elections. My hope is that the election board will suspend the results until all absentee voters have been allowed to properly cast their vote.