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Media Trackers Uncovers Massive Ballot Irregularities in Montana
RedState ^ | 05/17/2012 | Sean Davis

Posted on 05/20/2012 8:45:00 PM PDT by iowamark

In at least two counties in Montana, the home of a competitive U.S. Senate race that could tip the balance of power in the upper chamber, massive mail-in absentee ballot irregularities have been uncovered by Media Trackers Montana, a non-partisan investigative research organization with operations in five states across the country.  In Broadwater county alone, where Sen. Jon Tester received only 35 percent of the vote in the 2006 general election, up to 600 erroneous mail-in ballots have been reported. Over a dozen Billings-area voters have complained that they received incorrect ballots.  Yellowstone county officials have also reported numerous complaints from voters receiving the wrong ballot.

And to top it all off, even a sample ballot available to individual voters on the Montana Secretary of State’s website is incorrect (this particular ballot allows the voter to select a state representative in two separate districts — districts 68 and 83).  A majority of Montana voters are expected to vote by mail this November.

The Media Trackers investigation found state political officials in total disarray.  One county elections supervisor gave Media Trackers Montana several conflicting reasons for the ballot snafu.  Broadwater County elections officer Rhonda Nelson, a Democrat, told Media Trackers that the county experienced a “computer glitch with the software vendor” which resulted in numerous ballot anomalies. But when pressed for more specificity, Nelson seemed to contradict herself, stating, “This happened because I was in the hospital the day the ballots were approved and while my deputy was watching things, it was one less set of eyes on the process.”  Despite the widespread and significant ballot problems, Nelson told Media Trackers that she was confident in the integrity of the mail-in ballot system and that she planned to “personally call everyone who received a bad ballot and let them know they will be getting correct ballots.”

Scott Aspenlieder, a Republican seeking to unseat current Secretary of State Linda McCulloch, a Democrat, issued a scathing press release after Media Trackers first reported the ballot irregularities.  “I call on our Secretary of State to begin a comprehensive audit of all of the 2012 absentee ballots to identify every single error, and immediately take steps to fix this process so a Montanan’s right to vote is never threatened again,” he wrote.  “This failure of leadership is simply unacceptable, and Montanans deserve better.”

Montana’s primary is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: ballotfraud; deadvote; montana; mt2012; votefraud; voterfraud

1 posted on 05/20/2012 8:45:08 PM PDT by iowamark
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Does anybody think it is odd that voter irregularities, and even recounts always seem to favor the democrats?


2 posted on 05/20/2012 8:52:09 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: iowamark; All
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George Soros, has been very busy.

3 posted on 05/20/2012 8:52:51 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA. DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; different flie$". :^)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks iowamark.


4 posted on 05/20/2012 8:53:58 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: dsrtsage
what do you expect...the 'rats can't win honest elections.
they only know how to cheat..to lie about the issues.

5 posted on 05/20/2012 8:57:22 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA. DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; different flie$". :^)
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To: iowamark

bttt


6 posted on 05/20/2012 9:00:03 PM PDT by TEXOKIE
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To: iowamark

I have friends in Montana and have been participating in on line discussions on a couple of news sites there. I have noticed a growing number of aggressive liberals there since Obama’s election. So, voter fraud is no surprise at all.


7 posted on 05/20/2012 9:01:03 PM PDT by Baynative (REMEMBER: Without America there is no free world!)
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To: dsrtsage

Does anybody think it is odd that voter irregularities, and even recounts always seem to favor the democrats?


Nope. It’s done by design.


8 posted on 05/20/2012 9:05:36 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: LucyT

FYI


9 posted on 05/20/2012 9:12:24 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: iowamark

Watching on Fox, right now, a program about voter fraud, all Rats all the time.


10 posted on 05/20/2012 9:21:12 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Newt......Nuff said.)
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To: iowamark

The Republicans want to disenfranchise fraudulent voters!


11 posted on 05/20/2012 9:26:46 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Do I really need a sarcasm tag? Seriously? You're that dense?)
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To: iowamark

If its happening in Montana its happening everywhere..


12 posted on 05/20/2012 9:29:01 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

It sure would be nice to be a democrat and not have to worry about voter fraud.


13 posted on 05/20/2012 9:31:05 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: iowamark

IMHO, voting by mail is voter fraud. Period. Nobody knows for sure who the hell completed the ballot and how many times that person voted.


14 posted on 05/20/2012 9:43:45 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life. - Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
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To: iowamark

See tagline


15 posted on 05/20/2012 9:48:16 PM PDT by redhead (Libs can't win without cheating--Conservatives don't have to cheat to win)
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To: iowamark
I suspect that more than a little of this has to do with George Soros's "Secretary of State Project."
16 posted on 05/20/2012 9:50:57 PM PDT by redhead (Libs can't win without cheating--Conservatives don't have to cheat to win)
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To: redhead

My first thoughts too.


17 posted on 05/20/2012 10:48:31 PM PDT by Eagles6 (S)
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To: iowamark

Whew... It is a never-ending battle to try to restrain Democrat vote fraud.
I am glad there are people taking the issue seriously.


18 posted on 05/20/2012 11:09:31 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: FlingWingFlyer

IMHO, voting by mail is voter fraud.”

I know people may be tired of hearing about the good old days but, in the good old days there wasn’t such a thing as mailing in your ballot or absentee ballots. Everyone who wanted to vote showed up at the polls all across the United States on the same day and it was all on paper. Took longer to get the results but I don’t remember anyone ever talking about voter fraud. There were two things you did the day you turned eighteen - the guys registered with the military and everyone registered to vote. Also seems to me like a greater percentage of the people voted.


19 posted on 05/20/2012 11:47:51 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Montana has a very high percentage of folks voting absentee and with mail in ballots. By November alot of the older folks have headed south and mail it in...
20 posted on 05/21/2012 12:36:11 AM PDT by montanajoe
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To: montanajoe
If you want to open a real rat's nest go to Silver Bow County. They are so crooked in that county they have to screw their sox's on. Have been for years. Butte never in modern history has had and honest election. What a snake pit.
21 posted on 05/21/2012 12:55:07 AM PDT by BooBoo1000 (I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds my future.,)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
IMHO, voting by mail is voter fraud. Period. Nobody knows for sure who the hell completed the ballot and how many times that person voted.

It wouldn't be as much of a problem if people had to certify their registration, and if there were a national database that could flag people who are registered in more than one district. I know such a database is possible: the DMV uses one when you register your car for the first time in a new state.

I'm in the military. I live ~3,000 miles from my home district, which is in California. I can't just hop in my car and show up at the voting place...

22 posted on 05/21/2012 3:05:36 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Grams A
I know people may be tired of hearing about the good old days but, in the good old days there wasn’t such a thing as mailing in your ballot or absentee ballots.

Those of us in the military have to vote by mail, or not vote at all. The other option, of voting locally, only exists for military stationed stateside, and many military members don't want to vote in a state where they don't plan to establish a permanent residence.

Other than military, I do agree. Until the voter registration is more stringent about confirming that people are who they say they are, there is too much opportunity for fraud.

23 posted on 05/21/2012 3:10:56 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: iowamark

The 1,000 registered voters on each reservation will proudly cast 5,000 votes for John Tester.


24 posted on 05/21/2012 5:47:29 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: exDemMom

Didn’t mean to exclude the military - you are actually way more important than the rest of us. It would seem that in this day and age of electronic wizardry that someone would come up with some way for you all to vote that is quicker, easier and fool proof, regardless of where in the world you are serving. Until we have another President and Congressional members who recognize and acknowledge how important you all are, however, I fear it’s not going to happen. Thanks for everything you do for us.


25 posted on 05/21/2012 6:07:10 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: FreeAtlanta
It sure would be nice to be a democrat and not have to worry about voter fraud.

They've virtually eliminated vote fraud by making it impossible to prove it happened.

26 posted on 05/21/2012 6:18:55 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: FreeAtlanta
"It sure would be nice to be a democrat and not have to worry about voter fraud."

No. The Democrats were convinced the only way Republicans could have won 2000 & 2004 was by voter fraud much superior to their own.

27 posted on 05/21/2012 6:54:22 AM PDT by HangThemHigh (Entropy's not what it used to be.)
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