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Excerpt: "Televised screen shots taken Tuesday night of live election returns in Ohio provided by the Secretary of State's office showed hundreds of thousands of votes flipping from the 'yes' to 'no' column of Issue 3, the ballot measure to legalize marijuana."

Voters in Ohio promoting legalization of recreational and medicinal marijuana. (photo: WTAE Pittsburgh)
Voters in Ohio promoting legalization of recreational and medicinal marijuana. (photo: WTAE Pittsburgh)


Was Ohio's Marijuana Vote Stolen? TV Screen Shots Show Massive Number of Votes Flipping

By Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, Reader Supported News

07 November 15

 

The secretary of state's live returns don't make sense.

elevised screen shots taken Tuesday night of live election returns in Ohio provided by the Secretary of State's office showed hundreds of thousands of votes flipping from the "yes" to "no" column of Issue 3, the ballot measure to legalize marijuana.

When seen against the backdrop of Ohio's longstanding history of Republicans manipulating the vote count to obtain the outcome they seek, such as in the 2004 presidential election when Ohio returns selected George W. Bush to a second term, there are compelling reasons to question the official result where the pot measure went down to defeat.  

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To understand the context for this likely chicanery, you have to understand the backdrop of current Ohio politics.

According to the election night returns provided by Secretary of State Jon Husted, the people of Ohio defeated a November 3 proposition to legalize marijuana by a tally of nearly two-to-one.

The controversial measure would have established an oligarchy of 10 licensed growers operating regulated indoor grow sites of up to 300,000 square feet each. The pro-marijuana activist community was divided on the measure.

Husted was not a neutral election administrator. He vehemently opposed the measure, threatened its proponents with legal action, and live TV results showed hundeds of thousands of votes moving from the yes to no column in a matter of minutes.

Take a look at the two screen shots below, where hundreds of thousands of votes flipped from the 'yes' to the 'no' column in 11 minutes, even though the number of precints that reported only increased by 6 percent. These figures are provided by Husted's office to the media and public. In the first screenshot, with 39 percent of precincts reporting, the measure is winning 65-to-35 percent.

Election results first image. (photo: alternet.org)
Election results first image. (photo: alternet.org)

In the second screenshot, taken 11 minutes later, those percentages are flipped from the yes and no columns, even though the number of precincts reporting has only increased by 6 percent. Look at the number of votes in each column and you will see that 100s of 1,000s have been jumped from supporting to opposing the measure.

Election results second image. (photo: alternet.org)
Election results second image. (photo: alternet.org)

The promoters of the pot measure, Issue 3, should demand a recount, though the system is rigged and they would certainly be stonewalled. As in 2004's presidential election that came down to Ohio's close vote, critical election records are likely to not materialize even though they are legally required to be maintained.

Why is the system here rigged? It starts with the fact that Husted, a right-wing Republican and future gubernatorial hopeful, ran this election while visibly and actively campaigning against Issue 3 and threatening its proponents.

Husted vehemently opposes legalization of marijuana in any form. Less than a week before this year’s election, Husted accused Issue 3’s promoters of fraud, and has vowed to prosecute. He also is allied with state legislators who were prepared to negate (on “anti-monopoly" grounds) Issue 3’s legalization plan if it were passed by the voters.

Here are other factors that cast doubts on the official defeat of the Issue 3:

  1. 1. Pre-election polling showed far more support. Three major polls prior to the election showed public support for Issue 3 in the range of 51 percent- to 53 percent and Responsible Ohio, the coalition behind Issue 3, confirmed to the Free Press that its internal tracking polls were consistent with these numbers.

  2. 2. Results showed outsized swing from polling. The official vote total of 65 percent to 35 percent against the marijuana measure involves a shift of more than 15 percent away from the tracking poll numbers. The same thing happened in 2005 with the Reform Ohio Now measures on the ballot that would have created a nonpartisan state election administration system, removing the secretary of state's oversight of elections. The results, compared to pre-election polling, appeared to be flipped by up to 40 percentage points.

  3. 3. Paperless electronic voting problems cascaded. Early on Election Day, media reported “glitches” in the electronic poll books in Cincinnati. Such breakdowns are common occurences in Ohio, which give the state’s operatives time and cover to manipulate the reported vote count. So extensive was the meltdown of the iPad tablets used as poll books in Hamilton County, Ohio (home of Cincinnati) that the state judge ordered the polls open an hour and a half longer. Voters were told to come back later.

  4. 4. Live televised returns shows 350,000 votes flip. The screen shots taken in real-time from WHIO’s website, a Dayton TV station, show radical and inexplicable shifts in vote totals for Issues 1 and 3. One screen shot taken at 9:39 PM shows Issue 3 passing with 65 percet of the vote. Eleven minutes later, the percentages for Issue 3 flipped. The screen shot shows Issue 3 inexplicably losing 354,796 votes in the 11-minute span, even though the number of precincts reporting only went up from 39 percent to 45 percent.

What Next?

There are enough irregularities in Ohio’s statewide November election to merit a thorough investigation of the Buckeye State’s plans for the 2016 presidential election. The state does not need a repeat of the 2004 voting debacle.

Columbus Free Press is the Publication of Origin for this work.



Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman have co-written six books on election theft; the next one, THE SIXTH JIM CROW: ELECTRONIC ELECTION THEFT & THE 2016 SELECTION will be out soon.  Bob’s FITRAKIS FILES is at www.freepress.org; Harvey’s AMERICA AT THE BRINK OF REBIRTH: THE ORGANIC SPIRAL OF US HISTORY will be out in 2016. 

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+41 # jon 2015-11-07 10:28
"There are enough irregularities in Ohio’s statewide November election to merit a thorough investigation of the Buckeye State’s plans for the 2016 presidential election. The state does not need a repeat of the 2004 voting debacle."

Because that is exactly what is being planned by the Republican thieves.
 
 
+38 # Blackjack 2015-11-07 11:23
Seems Ohio is fully capable of "flipping" votes. Remember how their vote flipping gave us another term of GWB? Their tactic seems a bit different from FL, but it works and they are never held fully accountable for it.
 
 
+24 # hwmcadoo 2015-11-07 11:56
Yes, and what they know will be used by Republicans everywhere. People have already lost control of their government but our future looks to be fully controlled by Republicans: governors, state and federal congress, president and court. As Stalin said it is those who count the votes, not the voters who control elections.

We will then have one party and be a full fascist dictatorship and police state with a feudal economy and absolutely nothing we can do about it.
 
 
-1 # HowardMH 2015-11-07 11:57
Blackjack, you are right, and with Obama the Wimp still in the White House, don't old your breath for any real accountability.
 
 
+9 # treespeaker 2015-11-07 12:12
This is just another example of dishonesty by the republican party. They are evil to the core but there are still a lot of stupid people who will vote for them because they are 'pees' in the same pod.
 
 
+9 # PABLO DIABLO 2015-11-07 12:25
"It's not who votes. It's who counts the votes." popular saying in Mexico
 
 
+7 # RnR 2015-11-07 13:07
Kasich (sp?) was vehemently announcing (before the vote) that no, Ohio is not legalizing marijuana because it sends the wrong message to our kids.

As if he knew ...
 
 
-14 # lnason@umassd.edu 2015-11-07 13:12
Thanks for this story. The vote tally sounded wildly wrong to me but I had chalked it up to the oligopolistic nature of the regulation being proposed. Vote fraud actually sounds more plausible.

But contrary to the views expressed above, vote fraud is not the sole jurisdiction of Republicans. I've been tracking these things for years and Democrats have been responsible for about twice as many cases of vote fraud as Republicans have been. Activists in both parties too often feel it is the "right thing to do" to cheat because they "just know" they are right and the opposition is wrong and evil.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+8 # lfeuille 2015-11-07 18:23
Quoting lnason@umassd.edu:
Thanks for this story. The vote tally sounded wildly wrong to me but I had chalked it up to the oligopolistic nature of the regulation being proposed. Vote fraud actually sounds more plausible.

But contrary to the views expressed above, vote fraud is not the sole jurisdiction of Republicans. I've been tracking these things for years and Democrats have been responsible for about twice as many cases of vote fraud as Republicans have been. Activists in both parties too often feel it is the "right thing to do" to cheat because they "just know" they are right and the opposition is wrong and evil.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts


Bullshit.
 
 
+16 # Blackjack 2015-11-07 13:38
Inason, I challenge you to give me just one example anywhere near the importance of the stealing of a presidency, TWICE!
 
 
+4 # jstick 2015-11-07 18:19
It's Ohio deja vu all over again.
 
 
+5 # Thomas Martin 2015-11-07 19:17
when, as in every state in the country, you care more about your football team's success than your vote being counted, then this is what we get
 
 
+4 # elizabethblock 2015-11-07 19:21
In Canada we use PAPER BALLOTS, and I hope we never change to machines. (We use machines to count the vote in Toronto municipal elections - the ballot is complicated - but the count can always be checked against the actual ballots.)

It is still possible to steal an election - Harper may have done that the last time he won, and if he didn't it was not for want of trying - but not by hacking voting machines.
 
 
+7 # jbelson02@yahoo.com 2015-11-07 20:35
I am not aware of any democrat manipulation of the vote on this scale. People claim the 1960 Illinois vote was rigged but that vote was always a razor thin margin, it did not amount to a gigantic turn around of the numbers. In 2004 some precincts in Ohio had more votes for Bush than there were voters. This is no longer a democracy when our votes are changed in this manor. The federal government should monitor the next election and perhaps change to all paper ballots.
 
 
+4 # lewagner 2015-11-07 23:16
Vote for Bernie!!
 
 
+1 # geraldom 2015-11-08 16:58
People like Bernie Sanders and even Hillary Clinton along with the rest of the Democratic Party continue to stick their heads into the sand and ignore the following factors that not only could but will affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, and I'm not just talking about the presidential race only:

o The use of fraudulent and corrupt e-voting machines, most especially the paperless kind, all designed, manufactured, and programmed by firms heavily favoring the Republican Party and its agenda, in determining the winners and the losers of Congress and the White House.

o The massive number of voter suppression laws being passed in at least 26 states fully controlled by the Republican Party from top to bottom.

o The fact that the Republican Party fully controls the state court systems in these 26 states as well as the whole of the federal court system, most especially SCOTUS.

o The fact that as a result of Obama's and the Democratic Party's failure to fulfill their promise of change that we could all believe in during the 2008 presidential campaign, the 2010 midterm elections were a sheer disaster to the Democratic Party. They lost the U.S. House to the Republicans, and they lost control of so many state governments, and, as a consequence of doing so during the 10-year census, it gave the Republicans their best opportunity ever to gerrymander almost 26 states to almost guarantee the Republican control of the U.S. House for perpetuity.

(Continued)
 
 
+1 # geraldom 2015-11-08 17:01
(Continued)

o The fact that as a result of Obama's and the Democratic Party's continued failure to fulfill their promise of change that we could all believe in since the debacle of 2010, the Democrats have also lost control of the U.S. Senate, and with more and more Republican-cont rolled states passing voter-suppressi on laws and with the VRA now defunct as a result of SCOTUS, the Democrats are in deep trouble come 2016.

o It’s also my contention that the massive incarceration of American citizens into both private and public prisons throughout the country since the Reagan era, mostly minorities, and mostly Democratic voters who have now lost their right to vote as ex-felons once they are released, was part of a long-term plan to reduce the Democratic vote. This was used to great advantage by fmr Fla. Governor Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris in the 2000 presidential election to falsely disenfranchise tens of thousands of Florida voters, almost all minorities, almost all Democrats, from voting.

Tea-Party Republican candidate Matt Bevin’s win in Kentucky as governor of the state over his Democratic opponent was supposed to be a close election, and yet he won hands down. It is my belief that people who think that progressive voters simply stayed home may not be totally accurate since the election used untested and unverifiable e-voting machines to determine the outcome.

(Continued)
 
 
+1 # geraldom 2015-11-08 17:02
(Continued)

Unless the Democratic Party leadership finally wakes up to the fact that these e-voting machines cannot be trusted to be used in national, state and local elections, the Republicans will be emboldened come 2016 to steal elections left and right from the Democrats, and with state court systems under Republican control and with SCOTUS under Republican control, for the Democrats to fight corrupt elections in the courts will be like banging their heads against the wall.
 
 
0 # JanetsGirl 2015-11-09 09:32
Hmmm. Sounds like a few improbably WI election results we've seen in the last few years.
 
 
0 # tcr_filed 2016-10-21 14:32
The TCR has been filed http://www.dankweed.com/pin/1271/
 

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