2007August16, Thursday

Ron Paul, Iowa Straw Poll, and Electronic Voting

Posted in Politics at 8:42 by Trey Austin

I’m not one for conspiracy theories, but it certainly makes you think.

As one who worked the polls last fall with the election that saw a great many Democrat candidates win office, i saw firsthand how troublesome the electronic voting machines are. I also saw how easily it would be if someone had it in their minds to alter the voting record if one was of a mind to do it. It certainly isn’t beyond the realm of possibility. And given the contempt that Republicans in general have for the candidate who wants to take away all their perks and kickbacks, i can see why they’d take two hours and fifteen minutes to make it look like he lost, and to make it look like the candidate of the guy supervising the vote certification won.

Just what happened to those 12,000 votes?

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2 Comments »

  1. Al said,

    Most likely: They were never cast and the initial projection was overly optimistic.

    Infowars.net? Dude, for someone who is not one for conspiracy theories you visit the oddest websites 🙂

    al sends

  2. Trey Austin said,

    You may be right about that, but i’d like to see some statistics of the last few election cycles to see a percentage of those who purchase tickets versus those who actually vote. If almost half don’t vote every time, that’s perfectly understandable, but if the great majority who purchase tickets also do vote as a pattern, one would wonder why roughly 45% of the people this year chose not to vote, or whether they actually did, and the “glitches” with the voting machines were more than that.

    It doesn’t bother me one way or the other. I’m very happy that Paul made a 9+% finish in the straw pole–well beyond the media’s typical 1-2% placing they give him in polls. But even if only a fraction of those 12K votes would go to Paul, it would show him to be even stronger in the Straw Poll than he was.


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