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Why The FEC Is Completely Useless Regarding Arizona’s Voter Fraud

Photo by Democracy Chronicles via Flickr.com

Photo by Democracy Chronicles via Flickr.com

Thousands of twitter users across social media accused Arizona of voter fraud, suppression, and the sabotaging of the March 22 primary election. This is because thousands of voters in Arizona were stuck in long voting lines for several hours Tuesday night. So long, many were not able to vote. The long lines were the result of a sudden decrease in polling stations. In Maricopa County, officials reduced the number of polling locations by 70 and 85 percent.

As a consequence, Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary in Arizona with roughly 58 percent of votes to Bernie Sanders’ 40 percent. A large number of Independents who had newly registered as Democrats were unable to vote, meaning they couldn’t vote for Bernie Sanders.

How could voter fraud on this scale happen in the United States. Ask the Federal Elections Committee. Or don’t, since they are completely useless. It has become common knowledge the FEC does absolutely nothing. The six-member FEC panel is evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, and its purpose is to decide on and mete out punishment. However, because the 3 Republicans don’t support the panel or its mission, nothing ever happens. They have meetings, but nothing gets accomplished. There are no investigations. It’s the standard Republican theme of anarchy.

There is a petition to have the Obama Administration investigate the voter fraud and suppression in Arizona. It states:

We the people of the United States of America find this act alarming and would like a complete investigation to uncover the violations that occurred during the Arizona voting on 3/22/2016 and prosecute those responsible to the fullest extent of the law. 

FEC Commissioner Ravel says the Federal Elections Commission is unwilling to investigate almost all instances of rule-breaking. The former chair’s best efforts to fix it were stymied at every turn. According to Ravel, the only way to change things is to overhaul the whole agency, restarting with new commissioners who have impeccable qualifications, and a true motivation to do their job. She suggests that will not happen in the current political climate. Ravel said:

I think the system is already scandalous. We have so much “dark money” in the system, and so much money from a small group of people. This has led to so many in the great middle of Americans who feel they don’t have a part in the political system. So I don’t think it requires us to be at a greater rock bottom frankly. I think that we need to have some change now.

Democracy in America is fast becoming a joke. Voter fraud and suppression are running rampant. We really do need a revolution.

4 Comments

  1. Randy Voller

    Keith,

    Good points. The recent Supreme Court cases that essentially gutted important sections of the Civil Rights Act also played a role in Arizona. To my understanding under the original law Maricopa County Board of Elections would have needed a pre-clearance from the Justice Department to eliminate the polling stations. Under the new rules they made a decision that was wrong and it created a mess on election day.

  2. Bernadette Hrabak

    It seems that we would be better off if we got rid of the entire panel and went out onto the streets of any American city, chosen at random, and ask nine people walking down the street if they would like to serve through the next election. Three republicans, three democrats, and three independents. They may not know what they are doing but at least they would be honest in the doing. Oh and they can’t live within 200 miles of Washington DC.

    • Keith D. Foote

      I think you’re right!

  3. Charles Love

    COMPUTERIZED VOTE RIGGING IS STILL THE UNSEEN THREAT TO U.S. DEMOCRACY:
    IT’S TIME TO CHANGE THE SYSTEM
    -by Victoria Collier truth-out.org Monday November 03, 2014

    Our article in Truthout last week, Top Ten Epic Reasons Why You Should Give a Sh*t About Voting, elicited quite a few comments from readers voicing concern that ballots may not be correctly or honestly counted by our “black box” computer voting systems – and we would never know.

    The Internet is already roaring with stories of visible attacks on democracy so far in the 2014 elections: 40,000 mostly minority voters purged from Georgia’s voter roles and thousands more in 26 other states, up to 600,000 Texas voters disenfranchised due to new Voter ID laws, and the attempts to override the electoral college in gerrymandered blue states like Michigan.

    Electronic voting systems are actually failing and breaking down nationwide, creating long voting lines and the risk of votes lost to error and malfunction.
    We can fight this fraud because we can see it, like the part of the iceberg that is above the water. But yes, there is more below.

    Exactly two years ago Harper’s Magazine published a cover story “How to Rig an Election,” (written by this author) 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.”

    Computerized Voting Today Ensures That Americans Cannot Oversee or Verify Their Own Elections.

    Elections are held in a vast patchwork of electoral fiefdoms where laws, procedures and private-vendor technology change from state to state; even from county to county. It’s difficult for one hand to know what the other is doing, particularly when legal public record requests on electronic voting systems are routinely denied.

    Little-known grassroots Election Integrity (EI) organizations have been fighting an unrecognized war to reclaim and secure our vote count; groups like Election Defense Alliance, Michigan Election Reform Alliance, Voter PA, Voter GA, Wisconsin Citizens for Election Protection, California Election Protection Network, and many others, including social media sites like Occupy Rigged Elections.

    These activists have been holding the line in the democracy trenches for years now, even decades. Almost always underfunded or totally unpaid, they are our friends and neighbors, working people – they need increased support now, as we head toward the pivotal 2016 elections.