I had the pleasure of dining last night with Sharron Angle, the Reno, Nevada woman who in 2010 ran for the US Senate against Democrat Harry Reid. We sat together with TPX chief political strategist Sal Russo and wife Janet Russo, and as you’d expect, the conversation focused on politics, campaigning and the upcoming 2012 elections.
Sharron hasn’t decided yet what she’ll do next, but she’s not staying out of politics or the public eye. Sharron’s been touring with us in her “Team Hobbit Express” mobile. As she put it, we need to continue to fight to put good people in office.
Sharron’s written a book, “Right Angle: One Woman’s Journey to Reclaim the Constitution” in which she talks about why she decided to run against one of the most powerful and arguably corrupt politicians in the US Senate, and her journey from Mom to national candidate.
Today Sharron joined us on the ride from Bluffton SC to Jacksonville, FL. The conversation centered on election “anomalies” — claims of fraud at the voting booth made by many. Josef Stalin’s quote was mentioned — “It doesn’t matter who votes that counts. It’s who counts the votes.” We’ll be hearing more from Sharron about that in the future.
But the conversation brought me to an October 2010 article about election fraud titled “Rigging Elections Electronically – How They Do It” written by Joel Skousen, editor of World Affairs Brief, in which he details the electronic voting anomalies that many believe “won” him reelection to the US Senate.
Next week’s election has dozens of races too close to call and none are more symbolic and important that Republican and Tea Party challenges to the Democratic leaders of both House and Senate. Senator Harry Reid’s election is in serious doubt in Nevada, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi is also at risk. This week’s early voting in Nevada produced a glimpse into the presence of electronic voting irregularities–“glitches” that are indicative of underlying coding that allows sophisticated hackers to alter the results just enough to tilt the votes in favor of a losing candidate.
While the press focuses on amateur hackers, the real problem is government employing programmers to manipulate the results.
Fox News detailed some of the complaints that were happening in Nevada (where both the Democrats and Republicans are heavy (sic) controlled by the establishment and have a history of intervening to control votes):
“Some voters in Boulder City complained on Monday that their ballot had been cast before they went to the polls, raising questions about Clark County’s electronic voting machines. Voter Joyce Ferrara said when they went to vote for Republican Sharron Angle, her Democratic opponent, Sen. Harry Reid’s name was already checked. Ferrara said she wasn’t alone in her voting experience. She said her husband and several others voting at the same time all had the same thing happen.
“Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said there is no voter fraud… [and] claims that machines were altered in any way were ‘patently false.’ He said at no time did any of those voters report the incident to staff at their polling location.”
Actually, with sophisticated programming, it would not be possible for any official to know if there were a program imbedded in a computer to slightly alter the votes–and it can be done without any detection unless a parallel paper trail is produced that is independent of any computer. Many states, including Nevada have electronic voting machines that have a paper printout that you review before you finish, but only guarantees that the computer correctly inputted what you desired. It is no guarantee that the numbers processed later on will not be altered. Officials always take the word of the company who provides the machines, that there are no backdoor scripts to change the results. Can the companies be trusted? That is doubtful given that every major voting machine company like Diebold has connections with high government officials.
Will Sharron Angle run for US Senate again? With her eyes twinkling she said coyly, “You just never know!”