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Allegations of voter fraud and disenfranchisement begs the question: Will the presidency be won by how many votes are counted or blocked?

Allegations of voter fraud and disenfranchisement begs the question: Will the presidency be won by how many votes are counted or blocked?

LatinaLista — Last week, it was reported on Latina Lista that an inflammatory report was making the rounds accusing non-citizen Latino voters of fraudulently registering to vote, thus posing the threat of impacting the presidential election.

Brooke Rodriguez, 19, of Fontana, California says a voter-registration volunteer at San Bernardino Valley College switched her from Democrat to Republican without her knowledge or permission.
(Source: Stan Lim/The Press-Enterprise)

The report was released on the heels of the Republican Party establishing a Voter Fraud alert campaign as that party is leading the charge of voter fraud among Democrats.
Now, comes a story that voter disenfranchisement is coming courtesy of the Republican Party. In California, voters are approached by clipboard-carrying "signature gatherers" who either outright tell people they are switching their party affiliation or misleading them into signing petitions, that range from supporting tougher laws for child molesters to lower gas prices, but being told their signatures don't count unless they switch parties.
Of course, the Republican Party denies any sort of wrongdoing. Yet, in light of all of this activity, it begs the question:

Will the next president win by how many votes he has or how many were blocked?

 


I found that I wasn't alone in asking this question. Come to find out that investigative journalist, Greg Palast, seems to have made his living off the question of voter fraud.
A New York Times bestseller author, whose reporting style is reminiscent of documentarian Michael Moore, but a bit more balanced, has been asking and analyzing that question for at least 8 years now.
Working with the BBC, Palast created a two-part piece on just how rampant the effort is to block votes in this presidential election.
While blocking votes is nothing new, the tolerance level for this kind of unethical practice is wearing thin among voters who are already bombarded with more than their fair share of negative ad campaigns.
It's clear that if the integrity of the U.S. voting process is to remain intact, it will have to come from the diligence of the people and not the parties or Washington.
But what can voters do?
1. Confirm which party you belong to.
2. Make sure you bring the proper ID when going to vote.
3. Vote!
The following piece is by journalist Greg Palast and makes for a very interesting perspective on how American voters' votes can be compromised if people are not watching.

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