How Did Ted Cruz Get More Votes In Kansas Than All Four 2012 Candidates COMBINED?

There are reportedly 300 complaints of voter irregularities in Kansas and 600 in the Texas primary.   There are even rumblings of early votes being switched already in Florida!  Ohio is using an outdated and confusing ballot.  What is going on?

By Mary B. Blair @Skifflegirl

At face value, Ted Cruz brought in record numbers of voters to the Kansas Caucuses in the Super Saturday primary election.

Even though he was booed at CPAC.  Even though people walked out on his speech at CPAC.  Campaigning in Kansas, he pulled in record crowds of…a few  hundred.

In Texas on Super Tuesday #1, there were 600 reports of computer screens changing votes from Donald Trump to Marco Rubio.

Austin radio station KLBJ morning show host Todd Jeffries said in an interview with reporter Joe Biggs, “whether it’s a mistake because of equipment, operator error, the voter made a mistake…it wasn’t accurate.  It feels like we can pick an American Idol more accurately than we can a president.  And if people can’t trust the system, we can’t trust the process…it’s wrong.  If people can’t trust the election process then what the heck are we doing?  …It’s not fair, it’s not right…it fuels a lot of speculation and basic lack of trust in the system.”  KLBJ broadcast over a dozen calls from central Texas complaining about the ‘glitch’ on March 1st during the Texas primary.

The basic message here is to check your ballot and if it isn’t right, bring it to the attention of the people working in your precinct. But whether or not there was a software problem, questions about the authenticity of the election results still linger.

Texans are overwhelmingly (62%) Christian, with 25% White Evangelicals, which is a large part of Ted Cruz’ drawing power, but how does a candidate with historically limited appeal (proselytizing as an election strategy) and few real legislative accomplishments  (supports TPA construct before he’s against TPA construct?) garner 226% of Rick Santorum’s 2012 Kansas caucus votes?  Two Hundred Twenty Six Percent.  Is Ted Cruz really that popular?  Is he really the 2016 Bible Belt favorite, even though he lost in heavily evangelical states  Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia?

Senator Cruz’ numbers in the February 25th WFAA/Texas TEGNA poll hit a high of 32% (matching Trump’s 32%) in the days leading up to the caucus, with one outlier poll commissioned by CBS that had Cruz at 40%.  (This poll contains some strange dichotomies, as in the candidate with the best chance to win – whether or not it’s your choice –  is rated at 43% Donald Trump, only 29% Ted Cruz.  Most polling data matches the voters first choice candidate with ‘best chance to win’ data.  This one doesn’t.)  Senator Cruz was able to win by bringing in 15% more votes than 2012 Kansas Caucus votes combined for all candidates.  Here’s the breakdown:

2012

KANSAS                        VOTES

Rick Santorum            15,521

Mitt Romney                6,346

Newt Gingrich              4,348

Ron Paul                          3,900

Total  2012:                    30,115

2016

KANSAS

Ted Cruz                            35,207

Donald Trump                 17,062

Marco Rubio                     12,189

John Kasich                        7,795

Total 2016:                        72,253

That’s an astounding 42,138 more votes than 2012!  And a 42% increase over 2012 in voter turnout.

So what does all this mean?  Certainly, there is higher voter turnout in this Republican race than any before.  Whether or not there are suspicions of ballot malfeasance, all reports of ballot tampering are apparently being investigated by the Trump campaign.  This is to challenge delegate allocation at the Republican convention in Cleveland this summer.

If there is proof that ballots have been tampered, the candidate contesting election results can challenge an opponents delegate awards in something called Credentials Committee.

If a campaign has compiled evidence – either witnesses, photo’s of tampered ballots, copies of complaints filed with local, state or federal officials – they are allowed to submit the information to the local and state party for consideration and presentation to the Secretary of the Republican National Committee.  All of this must be done on a timely basis to ensure that the contesting of delegates can be brought up in the proper manner at least thirty-five (35) days before the convention.

From the 2014 Amended Rules Of The Republican Party For 2016 Election here are some excerpts relating to proper and timely filing of contests:

RULE NO. 24
Contest Procedure
(a) The Standing Committee on Contests shall govern the expeditious resolution of contests before the Standing Committee on Contests…
(b) No later than twenty-two (22) days before the convening of the national convention… within five (5) days after such election),each of the parties shall file with the secretary of the Republican National Committee at least three (3) printed or typewritten copies of the statement…

The RNC secretary is responsible for presenting the certified delegates at the convention, after all contested delegate disputes are resolved in the state parties at least five weeks before convening in Cleveland.

RULE NO. 25
Convention Committee on Credentials
(a) When the national convention shall have assembled, the secretary of the Republican National Committee shall deliver to the Convention Committee on Credentials all credentials and other papers forwarded under Rule No. 20(c).
On Mini Tuesday’s primaries & caucuses, some internet blogs  asserted that the Microsoft balloting programs and voting machines were generally not interfered with because Twitter, Facebook and the blogosphere was having an impact by informing the public of the suspected shenanigans.  Although there are some accounts of irregularities in Hawaii and Idaho, it was nowhere near the volume previously alleged.  As the primary season unfolds, the timeline tightens for contesting suspected election manipulation.
On Tuesday, March 15th, Ohio primary voters  will be struggling to understand the confusing language on the ballot.  Last year, the Buckeye State legislature voted to move the election from March 8th to take advantage of the 2014 national committee rule changes so that Ohio would become a ‘winner take all’ state.
As the Conservative Treehouse website outlined in it’s detailed analysis of the GOPe Roadmap, plans were implemented in January 2014 to assist unpopular Jeb Bush in acquiring the 2016 presidential nomination by making it virtually impossible for a grassroots candidate to win delegates after the March 8th proportional primary states ended.  All non establishment contenders would be neutralized.
But that was then, this is now, and Donald Trump has thrown a wrench in to the works.
While Ohio’s Democrat ballot has only three candidates for president listed, the Republican’s list eleven, including seven that have already dropped out. Not only that, but they are listed twice, once for state delegates and again for district delegates.  According to Matt Borges, Chairman of the Ohio state GOP, the ballots are leftovers from when the primary was to be held on the second Tuesday of March (proportional delegate allocation).
Fair enough, but what are Ohio voters supposed to do with an outdated and confusing ballot?  According to Chairman Borges, one vote in the first category will suffice. Unfortunately, the word has not filtered down to local election boards.  One Deputy Director that spoke to iVoters.com says you still get to vote twice and split your delegate selection!
This is a recipe for a litigation nightmare from disenfranchised voters who may feel that their vote wasn’t tallied properly or from one of the candidates who came up short on votes.  Either way, over 32,000 early ballots have already been cast in Ohio and confusion reigns supreme going in to the Tuesday election.
Trump’s campaign website has contact information posted to report suspected vote suppression, ballot tampering and voting machine irregularities. Freedom Watch has contact information and evidence gathering advice along with a description of the process involved in navigating the bureaucracy of notifying the proper authorities. The importance of reporting these alleged fraudulent activities in a timely manner is now growing as we get closer to the month before the Cleveland, Ohio Republican convention in July.

 

 

 

 

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