The Militant Libertarian

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Nulling Vote Fraud

A great idea from my friend Fran:

In the past few weeks, there has been a great deal of discussion regarding vote fraud - especially from the Ron Paul camp. I personally believe that there is a high probability that the voting machines are cheating voters out of a fair election. In order to keep a closer eye on the situation, I signed up as a Poll Manager. I learned that ANYONE can refuse to use the electronic voting machines, and that they will be allowed to vote using a paper ballot.

The idea occurred to me that it might be a good idea to use the "Ron Paul Network" to get that information out quickly. I imagined a few interesting things that might happen.

  • Every voter who votes for Ron Paul should INSIST on a paper ballot.
  • Those votes would NOT be tallied by the close of the polls and would therefore come in many hours after the polls have closed.
  • This simple tactic would not only get a great deal of local publicity, it would also get National publicity, and as the word spread, the public could nullify the "Diebold factor" without waiting until next election cycle.
  • This would also assure that there was a clear paper trail that could not be fooled with.
  • The paper votes would be recorded in 2 places, in addition to having a "V" placed in the voter book at each precinct. It would be very unlikely that they would lose that book.
  • This is a simple, cost free solution to the vote fraud concern.

By next voting cycle, IF the media reports on this, voters for all candidates might adopt this idea and derail the attempt for unscrupulous individuals to steal our elections by tampering with the Diebold machines.

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