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 Ohio is using an outdated and confusing ballot.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.
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:
Rick Santorum 15,521
Mitt Romney 6,346
Newt Gingrich 4,348
Ron Paul 3,900
Total 2012: 30,115
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:
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.