There’s been a lot of discussion throughout the presidential primaries regarding fraud, voter suppression, and exactly how fair American democracy really is.
Thanks to a rigged system where money really can buy a person anything, American politics have proven to do little beyond serving the elite. Since the beginning of the election, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has had the odds stacked against him in the race against Hillary Clinton, one of the establishment’s most corrupt members.
So certainly it’s no surprise that Election Justice USA discovered that the self-proclaimed Democratic socialist lost an estimated 184 delegates due to election fraud, a number that could have potentially changed the entire fate of the election.
But from the get-go, Sanders has proven his transparency and dedication to the movement. From the Twitter hashtag #MeNotUs to the release of his modest tax returns, Sanders proved his dedication to improving the United States for all citizens, not just the wealthy. But he faced an uphill battle from the beginning in a grudge match with a rigged system that cares for little beyond money, power, and personal advancement. As an outsider, an Independent running with the backing of the Democratic Party, Sanders was never part of the in-crowd of establishment Democrats who have run the party since its inception.
Election Justice USA is a national coalition that works to combat election fraud and voter suppression. Their team took an in-depth look into the following six areas in an attempt to ensure the Democratic primaries were carried out in a fair manner:
1) Targeted voter suppression
2) Registration tampering
3) Illegal voter purges
4) Exit polling discrepancies
5) Evidence for voting machine tampering
6) The security (or lack thereof) of various voting machine types
After examining each area following the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, Election Justice USA concluded the following:
‘Based on this work, Election Justice USA has established an upper estimate of 184 pledged delegates lost by Senator Bernie Sanders as a consequence of specific irregularities and instances of fraud. Adding these delegates to Senator Sanders’ pledged delegate total and subtracting the same number from Hillary Clinton’s total would more than erase the 359 pledged delegate gap between the two candidates. EJUSA established the upper estimate through exit polling data, statistical analysis by precinct size, and attention to the details of Democratic proportional awarding of national delegates. Even small changes in vote shares in critical states like Massachusetts and New York could have substantially changed the media narrative surrounding the primaries in ways that would likely have had far reaching consequences for Senator Sanders’ campaign.’
As a result of their findings, Election Justice USA provided the following recommendations:
‘We conclude by calling for decertification of the 2016 Democratic primary results in every state in which we have established a reasonable doubt as to the accuracy of the vote tally. Finally, we wish to bring the reader’s attention to three simple reforms that would eliminate the mere possibility of the vast majority of fraud types demonstrated or evidenced in this report:
1) Exclusive use of hand-counted paper ballots in all future US elections.
2) Automatic voter registration, with same-day party affiliation switching as a mandatory condition for all elections that are publicly funded.
3) Restoration of voting rights legislation which would ensure adequate access to polling sites.
Concluding, they added:
‘Election Justice USA maintains that these recommendations for future elections, contrary to common claims, save taxpayer money. While beyond the scope of the present report, we aim to present a convincing case for this as part of subsequent publications.’