“Is it Possible the Election is Rigged?”
Ty J. Young Editorial
The Trump campaign has been having significant discussion regarding the possibility of the U.S. presidential election process being rigged. While historians have pointed to examples in past elections that were possibly influenced by fraudulently cast votes, it is nearly unprecedented to have such a discussion occurring before an election.
A “rigged election” can mean one or all varying definitions: actual voter fraud; members of the establishment working in private to “choose” who should run; and perhaps the worst case – the media working with one side to defeat the other.
What has caused concern over a “rigged” election? Most of the mainstream media blames Donald Trump for being irresponsible in bringing up the subject and – what’s worse – suggests he may not abide by the election results. However, the mainstream media is one of the major reasons that fear of a fraudulent election has crept into the public discourse. The negative coverage of Trump stories versus Hillary Clinton stories is running at almost a 10 to 1 clip. This is an average never seen before in American electoral history. The unbalanced coverage cannot be blamed on the Trump negatives being higher than Clinton. Historically, they both have high negative ratings and the WikiLeaks revelations prove Clinton has an equal, if not greater, number of negative issues than Trump. This has made the “bias” claims about the media ring truer than ever before.
So, is it possible the election is “rigged?”
I. There is No Way it is Rigged!
1. Voter fraud would have to be concentrated in battleground states. No system run by humans is perfect, so there is a statistical probability fraud could happen. However, it would need to happen in a significant measure in battleground states to move the needle on the presidential election. While it could be possible, it is not probable. Ironically, the Minnesota Senate election in 2008 is cited as the election that was most likely defrauded, although it is unproven. It also was the 60th vote for Obamacare at the time … so fraud could have had a major impact on American policy and the direction of the country. Currently, the only substantiated evidence of fraud in a swing state is in Colorado; it remains unknown how widespread it is occurring.
2. Polls have historically been accurate. Trump is losing badly in the national polls. In some of the battleground states, he has polls within the margin of error or they are coming back his way. Two weeks out from the election, this is not significant enough to suggest a positive trend. It could be possible, but unlikely, that fraud was needed given these numbers. The broad measurement of the poll numbers overall show Clinton with a significant cushion.
3. Significant fraud has rarely happened. As mentioned below, historically speaking, we have only one example of a presidential election being impacted by voter fraud, the 1960 race, and there were no prosecutions from that election season to confirm it.
II. It is Rigged for Sure!
1. They are already finding illegally cast votes. A local Denver news crew approached people in their homes to ask them if they voted. They were shocked to discover they had not voted, yet their ballots had been cast in their name! Colorado is a battleground state and Trump’s claim is already proven in Denver. Early voting machines were found switching votes from Trump to Clinton in both Maryland and Illinois. Not to mention, hundreds of dead people have already been reported to have voted in California. Therefore, it is an objective fact votes are already being fraudulently cast in this election.
2. 8.2 million votes were fraudulent in 2008, and it is only getting worse. Two professors at Old Dominion University conducted a study which concluded 6% of the votes cast in the 2008 presidential election were fraudulent–cast by non-citizens or illegals. This was reported in the Washington Post on October 24, 2014. Since John McCain lost by 10 million votes, the 6% of fraudulent votes would have only been 8.2 million votes cast, therefore Obama would have still won the election. Since voter fraud has been dismissed by Democrats and not prosecuted or monitored at the federal level, it has most likely become worse, and that 6% number has risen. This would easily have turned the 2012 election in Mitt Romney’s favor, and could certainly impact future elections such as this year. The rush by the government to legalize aliens and register them to vote furthers the narrative, and the fear, that the system is “rigged.” The “rigged” argument works when you consider the media’s contribution to these polls. Some have argued polls themselves are biased – and it is true that poll results can be manipulated. The most recent polling in Arizona showed Clinton in the lead … yet they did not disclose that those polled were 2-1 Democrat in a battleground state that has more Republicans registered than Democrats. So the odds are that particular poll is skewed.
3. WikiLeaks and history show elections have been rigged in the past. Voter fraud most likely occurred in Texas and Illinois to help elect Senator, John Kennedy, to the presidency in 1960. Academic studies after the election confirmed fraud likely occurred and probably tipped the election to Kennedy. Most recently videos from Project Veritas caught the Clinton campaign operatives bragging about “dirty tricks” conducted against Trump, and massive voter fraud operations for decades. In one video, a Democratic campaign official is caught bragging about busing people from precinct to precinct to vote in place of dead people. If you only watch certain news sources, you would only get Clinton talking about Trump’s accusations as being dangerous, when in fact, there is video evidence supporting the claim!
4. Media bias is a glaring example the system is rigged. When audio tapes were released of Donald Trump’s “locker room talk,” it made media headlines. However, it came on the day of more WikiLeaks email dumps confirming widespread corruption and misdeeds by Hillary Clinton. The coverage on the evening news of the big three networks was, on average, 6 minutes for Trump, and 20 seconds for Hillary. That is media bias by any objective standard. Any voter can tell there is bias in the coverage both for and against a particular candidate. This obvious tilt towards one candidate suggests the system is “rigged.”
While some would argue we have not seen this level of corruption in government and the anecdotal data supports a higher probability than in the past of the potential for a “rigged” election, it remains to be seen whether this will occur. Our institutions have faced significant stress in the past and we have survived it. The best way to combat the risks in the system is to be vigilant, get out and vote, and make sure everyone you know does so as well. Fraud cannot survive the committed efforts of the American people – at least those citizens who are committed to honest, free, and fair elections.
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