A close election this November could result in a real “constitutional crisis” with the real possibility of democrats “rigging” the election.
But don’t worry, Democratic operative, James Carville, just assured MSNBC listeners that you can only “rig a voting machine to get a few 100 votes here or a few 100 votes there”…so no biggie.
Obama’s Department of Homeland Security also hinted at a potential need to seize control of state election infrastructure after reports surfaced that Russian hackers had managed to breach state election databases in Arizona and Illinois (see “Why Is The DHS Preparing To Take Control Of The US Election?”). Never wanting to be left out, Harry Reid also chimed in saying “I have recently become concerned that the threat of the Russian government tampering in our presidential election is more extensive than widely known and may include the intent to falsify official election results.”
You need a boogieman in order to make a power grab seem legitimate.
Meanwhile, Trump, rarely one to mince words, has already told Pennsylvania supporters that “the only way they can beat [me] in my opinion, and I mean this 100 percent, if in certain sections of the state they cheat.” He also launched a page on his official website calling for supporters to “help me stop Crooked Hillary from rigging this election” by signing up to be a volunteer “Trump Election Observer.”
Not sure how well “Trump Election Observers” would go over in certain districts around Pennsylvania, particularly in Philadelphia where the “New Black Panther Party” already declared themselves the official election observers starting back in 2008…
With all the election tampering paranoia being propagated, there is sure to be an extra dose of scrutiny on electronic voting machines employed in several swing states across the country. The problem (or the bonus if you are a democrat) is primarily with the so-called “paperless voting machines” which provide absolutely no paper trail of votes cast. Unfortunately, these paperless machines are heavily used in districts of swing states including Georgia (not typically a swing state but certainly much closer this election season than normal), Pennsylvania, Florida and Virginia.
As Politico points out, several states have already encountered problems with paperless voting machines. In fact, Florida has all but abandoned paperless machines after several elections were questioned after the machines recorded numerous blank ballots.
Though some people have defended the paperless machines (including the manufacturers…shocking!) saying that tampering with election results would require physical access to the voting stations (again a bonus for democrats).
Defenders of the electronic machines — including their manufacturers and some state election officials — insist that they use security checks and other safeguards, including post-election digital audits, to ensure the integrity of the results. And hacking the machines would be harder in practice than many security researchers’ studies assume, Virginia Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortes said in an interview.
“You’d need physical access to equipment to be able to do anything to it,” said Cortes, who estimates that voting machines that lack paper records are still in use in about a third of his state’s localities. “It would be a substantial undertaking to try to do something like that.”
But outside security experts said those safeguards are inadequate to ensure public confidence in election results.
Meanwhile, the loss of confidence in our election process could have dire consequences as Trump political consultant Roger Stone recently said it would result in a “constitutional crisis.”
“If you can’t have an honest election, nothing else counts. I think he’s gotta put them on notice that their inauguration will be rhetorical, and when I mean civil disobedience, not violence, but it will be a bloodbath. The government will be shut down if they attempt to steal this and swear Hillary in. No, we will not stand for it. We will not stand for it.”
But don’t worry, democrat James Carville, appearing on MSNBC, assured voters that “by and large American elections are pretty much on the up and up” even though he admitted it was possible to “rig a voting machine to get a 100 votes here or a 100 votes there, that is possible.” Oddly, this admission came just moments after Carville attacked Trump and his supporters for suggesting the presidential election might be rigged, calling such claims “a fundamental attack on the country itself.”
So, if we understand correctly, Carville’s point is that elections can only be rigged a little and only where needed like democrat controlled intercities in swing states…is this like being “a little pregnant?” We’re sure this provides great comfort to the Romney camp that lost several swing states by only a few thousand votes.