Our elections in America are a hot mess for three specific reasons: Mail-in balloting is inherently flawed; machines used for voting are needlessly complex pieces of crap designed to facilitate cheating; and Democrats cheat.
Despite claims that our elections are “safe and secure” – sort of like a COVID vaccine, but with less myocarditis – our elections are an embarrassment to the world. A school board election in New Jersey that was voted on more than two months ago has just been overturned, when it was accidentally discovered that a tabulator – one of the infernally, needlessly complicated machines that counts ballots – made a mistake wider than the margin of victory.
In Ocean City Township, NJ, Steve Clayton initially appeared to have won a school board election by 20 votes over Jeffrey Weinstein – 3,523 to 3,503. But then a mistake was discovered in six voting districts across four municipalities in Monmouth County, NJ. When the votes were recounted, Jeffrey Weinstein won the contest by a single vote. They’re now going to have to recanvass the county and re-certify the election with Weinstein as the actual winner. And again, this was way back in the November midterm elections, and the contest is only now being overturned in January!
The tabulators in Ocean City Township are purchased from Election Systems and Software (ES&S). That’s one of two companies that has been called into question ever since the 2020 election, because the results of tabulation on those machines don’t appear to mirror the reality of votes cast. ES&S claims that a human error must have caused the discrepancy that changed the outcome of the election.
Sure. The Monmouth County Board of Elections only discovered the error during an internal investigation. ES&S supposedly had no idea that the error occurred, so they never even looked for it.
This follows on the heels of two additional election scandals that happened in New Jersey. One incident happened in Monmouth County, in the town of Manalapan. An election worker pulled two USB sticks out of a tabulator before the results had been fully uploaded to the machine. One of the USB sticks had results on it, and the other didn’t, so election officials couldn’t tell which one had the REAL results on it.
If your system is so self-complicated that it cannot tell A from B, maybe it’s a system that is too needlessly complicated to be using it?
A Superior Court judge granted Monmouth County permission to crack open the voting machines to determine the outcome of two Township Committee seats in Manalapan. Surprise! Republicans won those two votes when they sorted it out correctly.
In the other incident, Mercer County, NJ’s machines from Dominion Voting Systems (remember them?) caused so many problems that they had to print a huge number of paper ballots for people to vote on. It was sort of like what happened in Maricopa County, Arizona, but on a much smaller scale. The investigation into what happened there is still ongoing. An unknown number of ballots in Mercer County disappeared. They were nowhere to be found. Election officials suspect that the ballots are inside a Dominion machine, and a judge has granted permission to the Mercer County Board of Elections to start cracking machines open to look for the missing ballots. We don’t know when that’s going to happen, though.
You just can’t make this stuff up.
The obvious question that arises in this is, if a tabulator can change the results of an election on a small scale, as happened in Ocean City Township, could not multiple tabulators across multiple states change the results of a presidential election?
Obvious question, obvious answer: Yes.
This is why no one trusts our elections any longer. Sure, these counties in New Jersey will “investigate” the machines. But no one in authority in New Jersey is calling for the machines to be dragged over to the Jersey Shore and hurling them into the Atlantic Ocean, never to be used again.
When you have problem after problem after problem with voting machines and tabulators and ballot printers and ballot counting machines, over and over again, the solution seems pretty obvious. The fact that they keep insisting that it’s always a “human error” and not the machines’ fault, or the fault of the election machine companies, tells you a lot, doesn’t it?