Skip to comments.Bag of Uncounted Ballots Found in Bridgeport
Posted on 11/05/2010 8:27:35 AM PDT by Red Badger
In what has become one of the stranger twists in an already bizarre Governor's race, a bag of uncounted ballots was found in Bridgeport Thursday night.
Republican officials were approached by Democratic operatives and told about the surprise ballot bag, according to Bridgeport GOP Chairman Marc Delmonico.
It adds to the inconsistencies from the Democratic Party in Bridgeport. It just keeps adding to it, said Delmonico. Theres nothing odd about it; theres certainly nothing missing about it, said Ed Maley, a representative for the Democratic Party.
Delmonico said Democrats asked to have several people deputized to count the uncounted ballots, but Republicans objected, claiming that wasn't proper procedure in the vote-counting process.
These ballots are getting extraordinarily heightened scrutiny. Theyre being dealt with in a public fashion, an open public process so that everyone can witness it, said Mark Anastasi, the city attorney for Bridgeport.
Instead the GOP asked police to take custody of the bag of ballots until the matter could be sorted out.
The votes could be pivotal in the race for Governor, in which neither candidate has conceded defeat.
Wednesday, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz declared Democrat Dan Malloy the "unofficial" winner, but numbers released by her office show Republican Tom Foley still leading Malloy by more than 8,000 votes. Those totals do not include any of the vote totals from the City of Bridgeport.
Bridgeport has become the focal point of what has turned into a circus of an election.
A ballot shortage led to long lines on Election Day, and a judge issuing an order to keep polls open until 10 p.m. Tuesday, two hours longer than every other town in the state.
Because of the shortage, many of the votes cast Tuesday were done so on photocopied ballots.
Election officials began counting those ballots just after 5 p.m. Thursday when the new bag of uncounted ballots was discovered.
Bysiewicz said she didn't expect the vote totals from Bridgeport to be submitted to her until Friday at the earliest.
First the Left has to manufacture ballots. Then they have to nick away to reject ballots that were previously counted.
Apply a different standard in ballot counting for Democrats and Republicans.
If this still does not generate a Democrat win, manufacture more ballots and repeat.
No common sense allowed, they all like it the way it is.
Was it the district that LBJ once stole?
Yep. Strange that, huh?
This is out and out fraud. Any person that believes this is legit is as guilty as the cheaters.
It would be nice to see people stand up and reject such a sham.
“...I think I am going find a bunch of Dem women and tell them I have a bag of ballots in my pants....”
And they’ll say “Hey! Is That A Bag O’ Ballots in yer pocket, or are ya just happy to see me?”
What's the difference between an official and an operative?
Notice they also never find this kind of stuff when the race is a landslide.
But let it be a tight race, and eventually a box of uncounted ballots always turns up in someone’s car.
There are easy checks and balances to prevent this.
(1) Each ballot should be printed with a unique number and barcode (with modern printing methods, this adds zero to the cost of the ballot).
(2) As the ballot is being handed to a voter, the poll-worker scans the barcode on the ballot into a database. This makes the ballot a “live” ballot, associates a voting timestamp with it, and also records the name/worker-id of the poll-worker that handed out the ballot.
(3) When the voter is done voting, the ballot number is scanned again. This markes the “live” ballot as “completed”, associates another timestamp with the ballot, and records the name/worker-id of the poll-worker that verified the voter placed the ballot into the ballot box.
The voter associated with the ballot would be secret, but there isn’t any rule that says the poll-workers that handed out the ballot, or the polling place the ballot was cast at, needs to be secret.
Simple steps like this would prevent traitors from stealing a bunch of ballots, filling them out in mass, and then “finding them” in the trunk of a car.
I would think that chain of custody rules would already be in place. I don’t see how a “bag of ballots” can EVER be admitted after the fact. I think any precinct that produces a bag of ballots should have all the workers disqualified permanently and police lock down for the next election. If every vote counting is so important, then how can they pretend it’s no big deal to “find” ballots. Somebody needs to go to jail. Want to count your fraudulent votes, mr rat pig? Let someone go to prison for it. See if they keep their mouth shut.
It’s time for a “CHAIN OF EVIDENCE “ style handlig of ballots.
Interestily since the old padlocked ballot box has gone to the dustbin of Society, Fraud and corruption has increased. Maybe this illegal activity should be raised to Felony status?
Party officer vs party hack..........
Folks involved in perpetrating this should be risking prison time.
Absolutely! I would have said the ballots need to be destroyed before the lawyers showed up; but the more I think about it, these are evidence of a potential crime - at least criminal negligence. Somebody lost control of them or created them.
HEY! Found a bag of Connecticut ballots here in Michigan too, Let’s count them. BTW...We went Republican!
This is one GD thing I DEMAND that the new republican majority do — crack down on voter fraud. Send some people to prison. They’ll clean up their act, if they know they face severe consequences. And frankly, there are not many crimes more serious than this. Election fraud is akin to sedition and treason because it undermines the whole country.
“Because of the shortage, many of the votes cast Tuesday were done so on photocopied ballots.”
There you go.
Complete and utter BS.
At the federal level, if the congress rejects certain winning candidates because of election irregularities, that will get their attention too.
If they are using a COC, then the person whose signature appears last is responsible.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.