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Did SEIU Ballot Fraud Play Role in Harry Reid Re-Election?
National Legal & Policy Center ^ | November 11, 2010 | Carl Horowitz

Posted on 11/12/2010 11:03:56 AM PST by jazusamo


Harry Reid photo
Votes without voters - the notion seems like something from "The Twilight Zone." Yet this outcome, the result of a mysterious computer glitch, may have helped re-elect Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid over his Republican challenger, Sharron Angle, last week by a 50.2%-44.6% margin. Actually, the "mystery" is very likely the doing of a local of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which nationwide provides votes, money and muscle for the Democratic Party. Critics are charging that voting machines throughout Clark County (Las Vegas), where about three-fourths of the state's population resides, were rigged to place check marks next to Reid's name before a person even had voted. County officials insist that no tampering has occurred. But the possibility can't be dismissed out of hand, especially given that one of Reid's sons is county commission chairman. 

The Service Employees, now with around 2.2 million members and affiliates, has emerged as one of the most powerful forces in American politics. This union of public- and private-sector employees by now has become a virtual adjunct to the progressive wing of the Democratic Party; i.e., most of the party. It has good reason for assuming this role. SEIU leaders know that if its preferred candidates win, they can achieve an enlarged government sector at all levels. And that means more contracts, employees and dues for the union. Andrew Stern, who stepped down as Service Employees president this spring after 14 years, last year boasted his organization spent $60.7 million to get Barack Obama elected president. The union spent an estimated $44 million in the most recent election cycle, almost all of it on Democrats. The union long has cultivated close relationships with another unofficial party appendage, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. Indeed, SEIU Locals 100 and 880 (the latter recently reorganized as SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana) were founded during the Eighties as ACORN projects.

It would be difficult to identify a high-priority issue or candidate of the Democratic Party that the union hasn't visibly supported. The SEIU, having done its work in the trenches, has been richly rewarded. Records show that Stern was the most frequent visitor to the White House last year, and with a frequency that raised suspicions of violations of federal lobbying statutes. President Obama's political director, Patrick Gaspard, had been a top operative for SEIU and a number of ACORN fronts. Few unions worked harder and longer to secure congressional support for Obama initiatives, most crucially, for the expensive health care overhaul whose sleight-of-hand passage was heavily engineered by Harry Reid.

The Service Employees doesn't just operate at the national level. It has dedicated cadres of organizers and fundraisers in many states. Nevada, with its large hotel-casino workforce, is very much part of the union machinery. During the recently concluded election cycle, for example, the SEIU donated $500,000 to Patriot Majority PAC, a Washington, D.C.-based political action committee formed in October 2009 by Democratic Party strategist Craig Varoga; the PAC spent $1.3 million on Reid's Senate campaign alone.

But the Service Employees also may be supplying labor for Democrats in a rather insidious way. A collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between Clark County and SEIU Local 1107 puts the union in charge of servicing all voting machines. The agreement reads as follows:

The County hereby recognizes the Union as the sole and exclusive collective bargaining representative of the County employees assigned to the classifications listed in Appendix A who are eligible to be represented by the Union except as limited by Section 2 of this Article. The Union shall be notified of additions to the list of classifications (Exhibit A) within seven (7) days of posting for the position classification and shall receive 30 days advance notice of any deletions.

Page 75 of this agreement indicates "Voting Machine Technician" to be a classified SEIU position in Exhibit A. Although the CBA expired on June 30, 2010, it remains in force because of language in Article 43 which grants an indefinite year-to-year extension until one party deems it unworkable.

Given that SEIU Local 1107 technicians run Clark County voting machines, any glitches in the end must be the responsibility of these workers. And these glitches appear to have been more than an accident. In late October, during early balloting, for example, a number of voters in Boulder City complained Reid's name already was checked. According to one eyewitness, Joyce Ferrara, the problem was rampant. "Something's not right," she said. "One person, that's a fluke. Two, that's strange. But several within a five-minute period of time - that's wrong."

Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax doesn't see any evidence of vote fraud. He cited high-sensitivity touch screens as the most likely explanation for any discrepancies between voter intent and result. He stated that it would have been impossible for voting machines to put a check mark next to a candidate's name without a voter's consent, adding that nobody had reported the problem to him or anyone else on his staff. Nevada SEIU spokesman Nick Di Archangel also dismissed the possibility of fraud. "The machines cannot be compromised," he assured in an e-mail. Yet such responses raise the issue of why Reid's opponent, Sharron Angle, didn't benefit from these apparent mishaps.

Angle's lawyer, Cleta Mitchell, was blunt about what she saw as the reason, adding a new charge as well. In a campaign fundraising e-mail she wrote:

Harry Reid intends to steal this election if he can't win it outright. As a result, we need to deploy literally dozens of election law attorneys and poll watchers to combat these tactics at a cost of nearly $80,000. That's over and above our current budget...Now, this week in Las Vegas, at our election hotline, we received reports that some teachers' union representatives were offering Starbucks cards to people to get them to vote for Harry Reid. It is even more disturbing and may be possible that they are using their influence and authority as educators to entice students on behalf of Reid.

Nevada isn't the only state where electronic voting "malfunctions" seemed to selectively afflict GOP candidates in 2010. Here's one account from North Carolina:

In North Carolina, an incident was reported in which a voter tried to vote a straight Republican ticket and instead the voting machine indicated that a straight Democratic ticket was voted.

Sam Laughinghouse of New Bern said he pushed the button to vote Republican in all races, but the voting machine screen displayed a ballot with all Democrats checked. He cleared the screen and tried again with the same result, he said. Then he asked for and received help from election staff.

‘They pushed it twice and the same thing happened,' Laughinghouse said. ‘That was four times in a row. The fifth time they pushed it and the Republicans came up and I voted.'

Whether or not union members serviced voting machines in that state, the reality remains this: Electronic voting is less than tamper-proof. And that creates a window of opportunity for fraud.

What raises a cloud of suspicion over Harry Reid's victory by nearly six percentage points is that he actually had been the underdog. Four separate Rasmussen polls prior to the election had Angle ahead. Two weeks before the big day, she was up 50% to 47%. A week later, she'd extended her lead to 49%-45%. In other words, the pendulum had swung in Reid's favor by around 10 points in the final week. That's a rather odd turn of events amid a Republican landslide.

It's noteworthy that Senator Reid's eldest son, Rory, serves as chairman of the Clark County board of commissioners and was the Democratic nominee in the 2010 governor's race, losing convincingly to Republican Brian Sandoval. One could argue, in Devil's Advocate fashion, that if Rory Reid couldn't rig his own victory, there is no way he could have done likewise on behalf of his father. It's a valid point, but it doesn't necessarily let Reid the Younger off the hook, who was behind in the polls by at least 20 percentage points. Sandoval wound up winning by 53.4% to 41.6%. A Rory Reid victory in the gubernatorial race might have raised too many suspicions for comfort, whereas Harry Reid, who had far more at stake, was close enough in his own race to make a rigged victory look legitimate.

Is this idle speculation? An investigation would be the only way to find out. Unfortunately, a recount is not likely possible. In addition to being highly vulnerable to hacker attacks that switch out memory chips (thus altering how votes are tallied), computerized voting leaves no audit trail to see who voted for whom. Moreover, Nevada's Sequoia AVC Edge touch-screen machines have a documented history of high vulnerability to errors and infiltration. And most egregiously, state voting officials in that state, like others, may have a habit of removing memory cards and hard drives not long after the polls close, thus eliminating evidence of voter intent. In federal elections, such a practice is against the law. The Retention of Voting Documentation Act requires retention for 22 months "all records and papers, which came into their [election officials] relating to an application, registration, payment of a poll tax, or other act requisite to voting." If Clark County, Nevada has been less than punctilious about observing this statute, it would be a reflection of who's in charge.

A criminal investigation, then, appears the only way of getting at the truth. It wouldn't be a first for Nevada. A state probe of voter registration fraud in connection with the 2008 elections yielded evidence that dozens of ACORN-hired canvassers from a state prison release program had submitted hundreds of suspect, if not phony, registration cards. Former Las Vegas ACORN Field Director Christopher Edwards eventually pleaded guilty to two gross misdemeanor counts. Bill Wilson, president of Americans for Limited Government, issued a post-election statement calling for a joint federal-state investigation of Harry Reid's recent Senate election:

It is positively outrageous that in Clark County, Nevada, the SEIU Local 1107, which supports Harry Reid, controls the ballot boxes by contract through their representation of the voting machine technicians. It is not surprising that Senator Harry Reid's name was automatically checked off on the ballot when individuals went to vote. The U.S. Attorney's Office, the Nevada State Attorney General, and the U.S. Marshals need to act now to ensure that the SEIU does not continue to compromise the integrity of ballots in Nevada, and anywhere else in the country.

What if an investigation turns up nothing? At the very least, Nevada and other electronic-voting states should go back to manual voting for the time being, and hire more poll watchers and attorneys. The monstrous Josef Stalin famously declared: "Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything." In a perverse way, he was right. We're finding that out in Nevada.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: 2010election; 2010midterms; acorn; angle; ballotfraud; congress; corruption; democratcorruption; democrats; electionfraud; elections; liberalfascism; nlpc; purplefascism; reid; seiu; unioncorruption; unions; votefraud; voterfraud
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To: Gilbo_3

I figured that. :0)

41 posted on 11/12/2010 12:06:59 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: mbs6

Where Rasmussen and all polls have a “Margin Of Error”, I have yet to see any other than a vew Dim leaners that incorporaate in their wierd numbers, a “Margin Of Fraud”

42 posted on 11/12/2010 12:10:56 PM PST by fantail 1952 (Truth is a virus!)
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To: jazusamo

Remember conservatives MUST win on election night! Remember Al Franken and the back seat filled with ballot boxes?

43 posted on 11/12/2010 12:28:40 PM PST by 2nd Amendment
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To: fantail 1952
Didn't the GOP sweep the state wide offices in Nevada?
If so, there is where the investigation should begin.
44 posted on 11/12/2010 12:30:56 PM PST by Reily
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To: Liz
ACTION If SEIU used HAVA funds (Help America Vote Act) to get out the Nevada vote, that could be a basis for federal action.

Theoretically, but

45 posted on 11/12/2010 12:43:35 PM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Lt. Col. Ralph Peters: Obama is the dog who caught the fire truck!)
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To: jazusamo

How could there NOT have been fraud? He barely squeaked by in Searchlight. If he wasn’t able to kick ass in his own home town, why would anyone think he’d win state-wide?

46 posted on 11/12/2010 12:46:27 PM PST by MayflowerMadam
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To: aquila48
turnip truck
47 posted on 11/12/2010 12:48:29 PM PST by greyfoxx39 (I love Karma. Loser dem house staffers lose insurance, have to go on ObamaCare. ;o)
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Because I did NOT ‘vote early’ & because I had seen reports of bad voting happening with the machines near Boulder City, I was VERY vigilent & sloooowly checked my ballot before I pushed the ‘vote’ button.

I also asked for the written record to scroll up within the machine so I could see what it recorded.

It is very troubling that the SEIU has such a contract with Clark County or anywhere within Nevada.

Obviously, Dirty Harry cannot win a straight up election.

48 posted on 11/12/2010 12:48:51 PM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: jazusamo

49 posted on 11/12/2010 12:49:39 PM PST by SparkyBass
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To: jazusamo

Does a fat baby fart?

50 posted on 11/12/2010 1:02:32 PM PST by FrogMom (No such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: greyfoxx39

Good job!

51 posted on 11/12/2010 1:24:52 PM PST by aquila48
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To: jazusamo

Fraud? How can that be? The dems all get wiped out excepting the key players.
Here we have a guy where the states real estate has hit the ditch, unemployment is huge and Vegas too is in the ditch. So, all in all a very happy electorate, thankful for their prosperity so they voted him in one more term.

yeah riiiiiiight...

and he is one of a handful.

52 posted on 11/12/2010 1:37:20 PM PST by himno hero
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To: stockpirate

Does the bear sh!t in the woods?

53 posted on 11/12/2010 1:42:57 PM PST by jivin gene (Breakin' up is hard to do)
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To: Doogle
I vote on the same type of machines as in Vegas and the rest of Nevada. When you check in at the polling place the poll worker takes your ID(typically your sample ballot which has a bar code or your voter registration card or your state issued ID. They cannot demand your specific ID.) they then enter your info into a notebook computer which confirms you are at the right polling place and that you are a registered voter. it also tells the rest of the voting system that you have (or will) voted. They then issue you a credit card size card and in my County a double end eraser pencil. You then proceed to the touchscreen voting machine and put your card in. The screen comes up and asks you if you want Engrish or Spanish. Side bar - I have voted on these machine at least 6 times. The first thing I noticed about voting this time is that the screen change rate on the machine had increased dramatically from the last time I voted in the Spring. When you select Engrish if you double tap like your would in Windows to open a program the machine steps to the next screen very fast - guess which candidate is directly under the word “English” - that is right Harry Reid. So in one split second you have opened the screen to the first candidate page and selected Reid. AFTER your are done voting of which there were about 6 pages in my County you then hit a CONFIRM button and review your selections on about three screens. THEN you can hit print and a paper print out on a tape comes up on the right side of the machine. You can REVIEW there before you cast your vote. The machine retains the printout. You then have to select “cast my ballot” before the machine records the vote. You then remove the card and return it to the poll worker. The machine cancels the card when you cast your vote. I tried it in another machine about three years ago and it would not take it. One item of note all of the video I saw from Vegas showed people using their fingers on the touchscreen. I suspect it is even easier to accidentally select Reid.
I am not saying there was not tampering but it would be very difficult to do the rest of the system is very secure with many checks and balances. It was initially set up by Dean Heller a Rep and a very good guy.

52 posted on Thursday, November 04, 2010 2:28:40 PM by mad_as_he$$ (Playing by the rules only works if both sides do it!)
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54 posted on 11/12/2010 1:48:38 PM PST by mad_as_he$$ (What flavor Kool-aid are you drinking?)
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55 posted on 11/12/2010 3:01:57 PM PST by plinyelder ("I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born." -- Ronald Reagan)
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I soo ronery!

I hate my typos, especially when I see them just after I hit te post button.

56 posted on 11/13/2010 12:38:27 AM PST by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on written by me!))
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