Remember, one side of the political spectrum shouts to the world that Wisconsin and America have a problem with voters misrepresenting themselves at the polls, rampant voter fraud, even though no one can demonstrate that it exists in any significant way. Certainly no one can show it has swung elections in Wisconsin or at the federal level.
These same people proclaim it to be wrong, even offensive, to question whether official vote counts are accurate. If final tallies are inaccurate, we should all be concerned. If inaccuracies are being hidden from the public, this is ELECTION FRAUD, not voter fraud.
There actually is evidence of election fraud in America – a final US media inquiry in 2000 concluded the 2000 presidential election was NOT won by George W. Bush in Florida (NOTE: Be careful, many media stories used headlines proclaiming Bush would have won, but if you the read full-story, this is fully-inaccurate) Around the world, it is widely accepted that it is entirely reasonable to assume or even probable that what we saw in 2000 at the federal level was election fraud - Bush stole the White House.
Ditto for 2004 and while Florida’s numbers are dubious at best in, 2004 as well, Ohio's numbers cannot be accurate. It is a historical fact that some people went to prison in Ohio after that election because they destroyed evidence that the law demanded be kept to allow the integrity of that election to be verified. Those results were never properly verified.
There are significant problems with the situation in Wisconsin this year which people should have a right to ask about. More importantly, the citizens of Wisconsin and our Great Nation, have a right to have these questions and issues addressed. That is not happening now, a situation that many are having a hard time accepting.
It will not be possible to heal the great divide the Walker administration & republican party has created as long as the public gets lied to about “widespread” voter fraud and absolutely stonewalled on issues related to the accuracy of vote totals – election fraud.
There is a crisis in Wisconsin right now that the media is trying to hide – an unsustainable situation that can be summed up as follows:
- Some Wisconsin communities received a very odd proposition – trade in your existing vote tabulating machines and receive brand new ones FREE! The company is a “one-man-shop” where only this guy knows anything about the software, how it works, and what it is going to do. Remarkably, many municipalities took them up on the offer.
- In Wisconsin, there are computer scanned paper ballots, no electronic voting. The machines can be easily demonstrated to be error prone and easy to hack. No one actually looks at ballots – the numbers that roll out of these “black boxes” are just uncritically accepted as “gospel truth.” Amazing, isn’t it.
- Interviews of people immediately after they voted, the exit polls, indicated a 50/50 tie. The media reported this widely across the state and nation. The exit polls did not match the unverifiable numbers that rolled out of the “black box” vote tabulators. This is usually taken as an indication that there is a problem with the vote tabulators or the integrity of the election. But not in Wisconsin in 2012. The media quietly “adjusted” the numbers from their exit polls so that they were the same as the unverifiable black box voting machines. Please do not let anyone, even self-proclaimed "experts" snooker you – rigging the exit poll data to match unverifiable computer tallies is not scientifically or mathematically justifiable and undermines one of the main reasons exit polls are done in the first place.
- This story gets worse, despite what certain media outlets proclaim, altering the actual responses of real people so that data matches unverifiable numbers coming out of “black box” vote tabulators is NOT an “adjustment”. The data was corrupted and this data, now literally fiction, was used to project Walker as the “winner” within a half hour of the polls closing!
It doesn’t pass the smell test that the “winners” here that misrepresent voter fraud as a problem have nothing to say about the integrity of how votes are counted. It is an objective, literally true, and verifiable statement to say that no one outside of a small circle of political and media insiders actually know what happened.
The public is not allowed to verify that the decision to adjust “exit polls” was correct or even reasonable. The only thing we know for sure is that Scott Walker, his people, and the media tell us Walker won and the Democratic Party and Barrett seem to agree.
None of these parties are willing to have a reasonable and honest dialog about free, open, and verifiable elections in Wisconsin. Is this what democracy looks like?