The Integrity of the Voting Process

• December 1, 2012 • Uncategorized

It’s already several weeks after the demoralizing general election losses but we hear many voices of hope in the midst of chaos. New Yorkers overwhelmingly voted Barack Obama another four-year term as president and many fine local Republican candidates suffered stunning defeats in “down ticket” state and federal races.  But in the midst of this nightmare scenario, even as America is turning into a socialist welfare state we no longer recognize, patriots are “recharged and ready to take back (their) country,” as stated in a text message from Lauren Whalen, founder of the Northeast Queens Tea Party Patriots.

Local Queens Republicans took a beating at the polls. The supposed winnable congressional race of Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) ended up losing by a 31% to 67% margin to Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing). The Meng campaign had a well-funded and organized ground game but there were many voting irregularities at the polling places and reports of disenfranchised voters. Halloran who retains his position as City Councilman intends to hold hearings with the Board of Elections to answer many questions involving his race as well as other Queens races.

Some of these issues that need to be investigated involve legitimate registered voters who were turned away at the PS 184 polling place in Whitestone as reported by Halloran.  PS 18 in Queens Village allegedly tallied four times more Conservative voters than Republicans which is a statistical anomaly. With huge lines, confusion, broken scanners and the lack of Republican Poll Watchers for this election, another issue that needs to be investigated involves the ease with which multiple ballots can be illegally scanned by a dishonest poll worker. A super-abundance of new Asian registrations reportedly flooded the Queens Board of Elections this year.  Multiple registrations from the same person came in, some with names reversed in Chinese and others with dates reversed. 

There were at least ten yellow school busses parked outside Thomas Edison HS, another polling place in Halloran’s congressional race. Dozens of Asian youth with clip boards from the Asian American Legal Defense Fund (AALDEF), a civil rights group for Asian Americans, stood near the busses, authorized to protect the Asian voters from alleged voting abuses. But this smacks of the massive voter intimidation tactics employed in Harry Reid’s 2010 election campaign when he mobilized thousands of hotel workers, casino workers and illegal voters and had them rounded up and bused to poll sites from their jobs with their union stewards threateningly handing out pamphlets regarding whom they should vote for.

Alleged abuses were rampant nationwide. Romney received zero votes in 59 Philadelphia voting districts, or a total of 19,000 to nothing.  In Ohio, the most important swing state in the national election, Obama received 99% of the vote in more than 100 precincts in Cuyahoga County, many of which he received 100%. It was reported that some machines automatically swapped Romney votes for Obama.

Whether these abuses point to voter fraud or not, it is a fact of life that needs to be investigated. We know this all too well in the Queens Village Republican Club from a firsthand experience of one of our members in the 2010 primary election. Mike Augugliaro, a registered voter, who went to vote at St. Gregory’s, was informed by the poll workers that he could only vote by paper ballot since someone had already voted and signed his name. He was rightly furious and wrote to the Board of Elections to investigate the systemic abuses that allows for widespread fraud, including signatures that can be easily forged without oversight, keeping dead people on the voter rolls, and allowing multiple votes from a single person.  He has been fighting ever since for the passage of legislation requiring Voter ID in New York State, now required in over 30 states, in order to prevent voter fraud.

Voter fraud is a reality and we need to step up and fight for the integrity of the voting process. And that is exactly what hundreds of patriotic Americans did recently in St Lucie County, Florida. For the first time, Republicans stood up to say “NO!” to stealing an election due to corrupt election practices!

On November 6, about an hour past midnight, Congressman Allen West (R-Fla.) was ahead by 1800 votes against Democrat challenger Patrick Murphy for Florida’s 18th Congressional District.  Suddenly there was a dramatic 4400 vote shift which handed Murphy a lead of 2400 votes. This was due to an unknown snap decision by the Supervisor of Elections, Gertrude Walker to recount the last three days of early voting which were counted behind closed doors in violation of Florida Sunshine Laws with no explanation given.  Congressman West demanded a full recount since confidence in the integrity of the election had been shattered. Many voting irregularities surfaced revealing an election rife with fraud including one precinct with seven registered voters where 900 votes were cast. 

Energetic supporters of Rep. West from South Florida and all across America rallied to his defense, holding week-long protests outside the Supervisor of Elections’ office, writing letters, sending donations and posting the blow by blow daily struggle on social media for the world to see. After two weeks of an unyielding battle for the integrity of the democratic process, Rep. West thanked his supporters for their shining example to all American citizens and said that “while many questions remain unanswered” he announced he will take “no further action to contest the outcome of this election.”

Rep. Allen West further declared: “Our nation will not overcome our challenges overnight, and the road ahead for each one of us will not be easy. But this nation would never have become that shining beacon of light if our founders had chosen the easy path 236 years ago. We all must proudly continue their legacy.”

Congressman West is determined to regroup and fight harder than before and expects us all to do no less. Investigating rampant voter fraud and fighting for the integrity of the voting process is one way to fight back. After the defeat on November 6, KrisAnne Hall, a disabled U.S. Army veteran and defender of the Constitution, who spoke at Queens and Long Island Tea Party events stated:  “Our founders said time and time again ‘our destruction will come from within.’ They were right. ‘A Republic if you can keep it’ said (Ben) Franklin.  I’m sorry, Mr. Franklin, we could not.  But Mr. Franklin, we will not quit. We are Americans.  We don’t quit. We never have, we never will.”  

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