The North Texas Tea Party Says Voting Machines Are Stealing Republican Votes

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There's been a lot of talk this election season about the specter of voter fraud, the idea that the polls will be flooded by illegal immigrants, household pets and dead people (all left-leaning constituencies), thereby cheapening real Americans' votes. There has been relatively little concern expressed about the accuracy of voting machines, which has been a hot button issue in the past.

Enter the North Texas Tea Party, which emailed supporters this morning with a somewhat breathless warning of problems with area voting machines during early voting. The group said it has received four "specific, reliable reports" in which voters attempted to cast a straight-Republican ticket but instead found themselves selecting all Democrats.

The reports came from Irving, Grapevine, Dallas, and the Hurst-Euless-Bedford area, but "(t)his problem COULD be limited to Dallas County (who replaced the longtime elections administrator with a Democrat lackey), but one cannot be sure."

As for what might have caused the problems, "We cannot preclude the slight possibility that this is a misinformation effort to drive down GOP straight voting in Dallas County, where Democrat control is at risk."

Dallas County Republican Party Chairman Wade Emmert was a bit more cautious in his email warning, being careful to point out that the reports of problems are unsubstantiated and comes from "an unsigned email being circulated among various groups." He continued: "Please don't let an unsigned email discourage you from voting a straight Republican ticket."

Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole, the "Democrat lackey" referred to by the Tea Party said today that, yes, she had received a complaint along the lines described by the Tea Party. It came from a single voter at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (described by the Morning News' Gromer Jeffers as a "Republican Fortress."), and, after investigating the problem, workers determined that there was nothing wrong with the voting machine.

"It's more of an operator error on the voter really not understanding when you have straight-party voting," Pippins-Poole said. The voter in question caught the mistake before their ballot was cast, and they ended up voting the way they intended.

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politaire
politaire

@mdjacksondallas @NTXProgressive Funny. Just too funny.

travnape
travnape

You are a fool if you think this is fraud. It's a stupid glitch. REAL fraud happens inside the programming when the votes are shifted at the point of count, NOT where some idiot hitting the "vote all" button for Republicans can see it. These machines are owned and provided by companies that fund the GOP and Romney even has stock in these companies as well. It's a clear conflict of interests. Do you god damned homework you inbred GOP cavemen

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

I would guess it is operator error by the elections clerk. I have noticed a real degradation in the people at the polling place, people I assume are volunteers. You do not want to get down on people trying to do public service, but the latest process seems beyond them. They do not know enough to commit voter fraud. I too had problems and eventually got loaded into a different precinct. It actually wash better since the wrong district was a competitive Republican race whereas in my home precinct Republicans have no chance. Still I have decided to change my regular practice of voting the first day. I expect it will now take several days before these crews get th hang of it each election. Thank goodness for early voting. If these people had to hit the ground running on one day, we would have problems.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

This is just another silly attempt by panicky and desperate republicans to make their bogus voter fraud case against Democrats.

lolotehe
lolotehe

How did the straight-party vote go on the bond election?

LobotC2DFW
LobotC2DFW

@Dallas_Observer This the same as saying the NTTP are idiots.

James080
James080

But can anyone seriously doubt that Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole is a Democrat lackey? JWPrice and his puppets on the commissioner's court installed her in that position for a reason. Of course with the feds all over JWPrice, I wonder how he'll communicate his orders to her?

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

I'm pretty sure I selected the winning lottery numbers Wednesday, and that damn lotto machine changed them on me.  Damn Liberals.

julipo
julipo

I thought there was a real story here. Well, there is - regarding voting machines being unreliable - but this anecdote does not support it. When you have but one known instance, which appears due to voter error, let's please not launch a conspiracy. Yet.

 

In any case, the vast majority of errors involving electronic voting (and there have been HUNDREDS of instances in the past decade) have favored Republicans. This is just a fact; research it for yourself. Florida and Ohio in particular suffered significant voting problems, with thousands of votes being shifted to the wrong candidate. In Clay Cnty, KY, folks are sitting in jail for having deliberately rigged these shoddy machines.

 

One hopes that our democracy is not being manipulated on purpose and that most of these malfunctions are accidental. But either way, it hardly inspires confidence in the electorate. Electronic voting machines with no way to recount or verify a paper receipt should be outlawed. Period.

LasertotheFace
LasertotheFace

We all know those near death skew Republican, so why not dead people too? Also, all dead people are Mormon (even Holocaust victims) so I think that also makes them more likely to vote Republican.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

There are "lackeys" involved so it must be true.  I wonder if there are related to or are the same "running dog lackeys of the imperialist capitalist stooges" that Premier Kruschev so often referred to?

Lee-dallas
Lee-dallas

A friend just fsent the email to no telling how many of his friends as a warning. I told him I put no stock in any unsigned email messages. It is typical of the scare tactics of the Tea Party.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Why did this repub xtian vote 5 times? And having done so, you'd think he could figure out how to punch R.

TeaPartyHeartily
TeaPartyHeartily

Darn, I can't believe the TeaBaggers finally unmasked the 'vast liberal cabal' that has absolute power over every aspect of life in the United States, yet somehow couldn't manage the power necessary to win an electoral college vote against a collegiate male cheerleader who nearly started a religious world war.

 

Great work, all you old, cantakerous, rich white people wearing funny costumes.

You rule!

 

Whoops, well, at least you were 'supposed to' until our vast network of homo-pinko-commie liberals shut your punkasses down.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

This is silly, everyone knows that Diebold stole the elections for Bush and there is no democrat voter fraud

LizMiller
LizMiller

Since I don't have a dog in this fight, allow me to say: Could you be any more condescending? You have taken one email that cautions of a "slight" potential of funny business or machine error becomes and made it a headline that the Tea Party claims "voting machines are stealing Republican votes". But we read on to see that's not the case, at all. Your headline is not supported by your article. You're attempting to make one instance in which an election official asserts user error to try to imply that the TP are too stupid to vote. You've taken nothing and tried to make it something, just to mock the Tea Party. So what makes the TP worth your clowning them, here - the fact that one of them thinks it's possible that a machine could make an error? Is that so unbelievable? I suspect you wouldn't find it so hard to believe, if the potential error didn't favor your candidate or if this didn't involve the TP. I suspect you wouldn't have written about this at all, if the story were about another party or group, because it's much ado about absolutely nothing. You have taken something small and distorted and exaggerated it, for political gain  - the very thing of which you are accusing the Tea Party in your article. Your lame attempt reeks of desperation. To borrow a phrase, "hyper-vigilant partisanship tends to make people see things that aren't there."

Bremarks
Bremarks

True the Vote (invention of the Harris County Tea Party queen) has been running these rumors all over the country this week to try to gin up some more fake allegations of voter fraud.  

plfarmer
plfarmer

Teabagistan-where all hats bcomes with their own foil

libertymediapro
libertymediapro

@TeaPartyProtest #teaparty. Election machines voting 4 BO when RomneY is voted 4 in NV. Letters saying you r not reg 2 vote @limbaugh

MattL11
MattL11

I'm just going to assume, as this was a Tea Party thing, that the problem can be traced to illiteracy as opposed to any voting machine issues. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I caught Big Kitty trying to steal my guacamole off the coffee table.  Somehow she was able to hoist herself up on her hind legs in order to lick the delicious dip.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

How about not allowing straight voting at all? Problem solved. Straight voting is some bullshit no matter which party you're voting for. 

Anonymous
Anonymous

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  #3: Google Guilford County North Carolina votes, and maybe you can go on those news articles and tell them to stop making silly attempts at bogus voter fraud. Even though most news articles in the NC case are saying it's just a computer glitch, at least NC had the cajones to report the situation at all ... whereas Dallas is playing cover-it-up-and-leave-out-the-details game that you and Obama like to play.

Anonymous
Anonymous

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  #2 : Know your facts before calling voter fraud bogus. Google Patrick Moran. Maybe you are so much calmer than the rest of the world, because you don't read the news.

Anonymous
Anonymous

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz 

I know the person who voted at Our Redeemer and she is not panicky or desperate.

I know the person who voted at Our Redeemer and she is not panicky or desperate. If you met her you would be ashamed of yourself . She is from an elite family, does not have fat fingers, and is very smart. The election helper watched her attempt it again, and it switched her to all democrat again. It was fixed because she finally went in and one-by-one entered the votes. The people in this story do not want to tell you that I guess. Better to hide the truth, like Libya. No need for panic right? Same story with another friend in Grapevine who had it happen to him. Again, protecting another great person's privacy (you have no idea who you're talking about), but letting you know, you should think twice before judging someone you've never met.

Chuck_Schick
Chuck_Schick

 @James080 The majority of county commissioners are Democrats. If you want a new elections administrator, vote Republican.

Anonymous
Anonymous

@Lee-dallas, please see my reply at the top to Myrna. Same message to you. Stop confusing scare-tactics with constitutionalism.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@TeaPartyHeartily - I'm wearing a kefiyah and occupying a park in a cheap tent in hopes of eradicating capitalism, so you can't be including me with the crazies.

Anonymous
Anonymous

 @albert.finney000 - See my reply to Myrna. Please be educated. Just like there is a little republican voter fraud every election, there is democrat as well. A lot more democrat has been reported this year. Read the news instead of making blanket statements on the silly dallas observer. Truth is truth is truth.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Well said! Couldn't agree more. They would freak out if a democrat reported their straight ticket switching to republican upon review. So far that hasn't happened this year. One article said an official said "the glitch goes both ways" - but no individual democrat came forward and said it happened to them - from what I've seen -- yet. Most republicans would not scoff at the democrat when/if they report the same glitch. Why? Because we believe in truth. And we want to fix problems. Especially problems that are unconstitutional.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@LizMiller - This is liberal publication produced for a liberal audience, it doesn't have to make sense to anyone else.

James080
James080

 @MattL11 Probably right....much like the brain dead democrats in florida eight years ago who claimed, after the fact, that they couldn't figure out how to read a butterfly ballot or punch a chad out of a paper ballot.

James080
James080

 @Scruffygeist I would support limiting the ballots to just the candidates names. No party designation. No incumbent designation. Just the names of the candidates and the office they are contending for. 

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@Scruffygeist - unless of course one prefers to vote straight ticket.

DowntownResident
DowntownResident

 @Scruffygeist If straight voting is eliminated how will we protect the sanctity of marriage when only the non-straights are left to vote?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

 @Anonymous  An anonymous person says they know another person who it happened to! It must be true!

James080
James080

 @Chuck_Schick Guess what dick-head. I'm not a republican, and I  voted early, including democrats (like Paul Sadler) that I believe are better suited to office than their opponents. Pippins-Poole was appointed because Bruce Sherbet was non-partisan, and that just wouldn't do for JWPrice. You will get the government you deserve.

Lee-dallas
Lee-dallas

 @Anonymous What does constitutionalism have do with anonymous emails about rumors, unsubstantiated by fact.? If someone were not ashamed of the position, it would be signed. It falls in the category of as scare tactic unless presented in an upfront manner and supported.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

 @Anonymous "...One article said an official said "the glitch goes both ways"..."

 

I knew it! It always comes down to unconventional sexual preferences.

MattL11
MattL11

 @James080 That had nothing to do with party affiliation. That was just the fact that Floridians are morons across the board. 

Anonymous
Anonymous

That would be great! Then the majority of voters (hopefully) would be educated. Some would still show up and pick random names, or memorize the names of democrats.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

 @albert.finney000  Your option confuses dumb old people that think the odds of Amazon giving away their credit card number is greater than the cashier at Luby's skimming it. You having to consider each position individually (not a bad thing itself) eliminates their complaint. Seems like a good solution to me.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@Scruffygeist - I prefer voting straight ticket, and I like having that option. I'm pro choice.

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