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Vote Fraud, Power, and Privilege in Small Town Iowa

I know this is a long post. But if you enjoy small town soap operas and tales of political corruption, please read on.
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OK, so it was only three votes.

In a statewide election that was settled by a margin of eight votes, three votes could be important. But I will be honest with you, I'm almost sure none of those votes were cast for the top three contenders.

So why should I care?

Because the people who cheated, did it in MY precinct.

They did it by lying to MY face.

They knew EXACTLY what they were doing and why it was wrong.

Because these people are rich, well-connected, and already enjoy a disproportionate influence over the political process in the United States.

Because their act of petty vote fraud was so gratuitous, so pointless, and yet so symbolic of the contempt that the political insiders have for the "peasants" that comprise We the People.

Let me explain.

As I have described elsewhere, my wife Nancy and I bit off more than we could chew on caucus night. As county chair I was ultimately responsible for seeing that the caucuses for the four precincts in our town were run fairly.

Nancy and I arrived early at the high school where I had reserved four rooms, one for each precinct in our town. A few more Paul supporters showed up and a short time later a lady (I will call her "Roberta"), a middle-aged man ("Gary") and a young man in a blue blazer arrived together carrying campaign material for Bachmann and Gingrich. I recognized "Roberta" as the local socialite who had hosted Bachmann in her home last week, Gingrich at a local restaurant, and a teleconference with Joe Biden and Herman Cain. Her fancy house on a hill is in our precinct so I wasn't surprised that she was at our caucus.

She asked if she had arrived in the "Ron Paul room" by mistake ("Ha Ha"). She started telling anyone who would listen that she thought that "we" should only support the candidates who had come to our town and that she had asked "all of them" to show up.

I asked her if she had invited Ron Paul and she said that she had. "We know him VERY well but he said he was going to Council Bluffs instead".

We had a record turn out in all of our precincts. In Precinct 3 (mine) we were trying to squeeze 80 people into a classroom seating 35. As the secretary, Nancy was being run ragged checking everyone against a registration list, and filling out voter registration forms for the unusually large percentage of new Republicans voting for Ron Paul.

I started the caucus and was elected as the permanent chairman. I invited a representative from each candidate (alphabetically) to speak for a maximum of five minutes, reminding everyone that the secretary (my wife) would be timing everyone and made a joke about how strict she was. Then we began.

"Roberta" spoke for Bachmann gushing about how wonderful it was that a WOMAN was running for president. "Gary" had an official letter from Gingrich and so I let him rant for five minutes about what a great thing the "Contract With America" was and how Newt had single-handedly balanced the budget during the 1990's. After five minutes my wife called "time", and he kept talking. I stepped to the podium and said "Excuse me, but your time is up". He kept talking. "I'm sorry," I said, placing my hand gently on his shoulder, "But we really need to move on." He finally shut up and angrily stepped aside.

"Anyone for Jon Huntsman?" I asked. Gary immediately said, "I'll speak for him!" As chairman I ruled that he could not.

Finally it came time to vote. My wife and I were scrambling to hand out the pre-printed ballots I had prepared. I came to "Blue Blazer" who looked unfamiliar and (thinking he might be a college student registered to vote somewhere else) I asked him if he had checked in and if he was a registered voter in our precinct. He hesitated. "Yes, he's registered," Roberta said almost immediately as she and Gary smiled and accepted their ballots. To save time Nancy and I started handing out the rest of the ballots to be passed down the rows since the standing room only crowd was difficult to navigate.

Noticing this Gary smirked and shouted out, "As they say in Chicago, 'Vote early and often'."

We collected the ballots and my wife (who was the official GOP reporter for all four precincts) left to count and call in the votes with Gary as an observer for Gingrich.

My wife was so busy and flustered, she had forgotten to vote. "Its too late!" Gary insisted, but Dave (our Ron Paul observer) went and fetched her a blank ballot so she could vote.

Ron Paul won easily followed by Romney, Santorum, and Gingrich a distant fourth. Gary seemed surprised.

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The following night my wife was going through the stacks of caucus forms and noticed that there were three more votes than the number of caucus attendees.

Then she remembered that "Roberta", "Gary", and "Blue Blazer" had never checked in. On caucus night they had just walked past her registration table without stopping and sat down. She had recognized Roberta and Gary, checked to see if they were in the voter registration list and when they weren't, assumed that they were there as "non-participating observers" (as allowed by the rules).

But she didn't tell ME.

You see, the chairman is responsible for segregating any unregistered attendees (like underage children or news reporters). Only registered caucus members are allowed to speak for candidates or vote in the straw poll.

When Nancy told me about it, everything suddenly fell into place. I know that Roberta has another home in Washington DC and spends most of her time there. It never occurred to me that she would be registered to vote THERE. "Blue Blazer" was probably just a flunky; maybe her son, an intern or employee of her company. Gary? Who knows. All I know is that he is an obnoxious jerk who took advantage of our small town honor system and made a fool of me in the process.

I know what you're thinking. Nancy and I are amateurs, in over our heads, and we blew it.
And you're right.

But I am angry, and not just at myself.

I am angry because what they did was so unnecessary; like a millionaire stealing a penny out of the tin cup of a beggar.

Angry because these are the same people who assume that they should run our country.

Angry because they have the ears of the movers and shakers, that get the hugs from the presidential candidates, who get respect from my friends and neighbors who think I'm a kook.

Angry because they are helping to send our children to be killed and maimed in wars created by their buddies.

Angry because their price for selling out our country, our freedom, is so cheap; their ticket to the next inaugural ball.

Angry because I am the one who is angry; because THEY can sleep at night and I can't.

*************UPDATE**************

First of all, I would like to thank all of you for your kind words of encouragement, your understanding of my human fraility, and your dedication to our common cause; individual liberty.

Please understand that I did choose to release my story in its current form for a number of reasons.

While I appreciate your interest in seeing "justice" prevail, and while I sympathize with the feelings expressed in the comments about my story I also want YOU to understand and sympathize with MY position.

When "names are changed to protect the innocent", you need to stop and consider that some of the "innocents" might be my wife and children.

Believe me when I say that I have weighed my options, that I desperately want Ron Paul to prevail, that I want my Republic and liberty restored.

None of you (including any of you who may be from my area) can possibly know the details of my particular situation. Appearances can be deceiving. The bad economy has spilled over into almost every industry and certainly health care and the medical profession are no exceptions.

Politics in a small town can be very complicated, and I am not just speaking of presidential politics.
Physicians are just as vulnerable to economic catastrophe as anyone else. Our careers are just as vulnerable (and maybe even more so) to social pressures, networking, belonging to the right church, country club, or benevolent organization.

I don't belong to the right clubs. I don't belong to the right church. I don't schmooze or party with the right crowd.
And I certainly don't support the "right" presidential candidate.

When I was younger and single I could afford to take risks that I can no longer afford to take.

We all have to make our own decisions about when and where to make a stand.
We all have decide how much we can contribute and what we can risk in the cause of liberty and to support one another and Ron Paul.
We all have to pick our battles.
Trust me when I say that I have already stuck my neck out and risked the financial well-being of my family quite enough.
Thank you for your support and understanding.




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Passing out ballots at the

Passing out ballots at the time of registration seems to be a good idea. The ballots must be assured authentic, though. Ours were just tabs for the sticker that said "my vote counted". Easier to fake. sigh!

ty for posting

.I ty and your wife for doing as well a job as you did.I look at it this way.If you all weren't there ,it could have been a whole lot worse.Please get some real decent sleep.Peace

Don't beat yourself up. You

Don't beat yourself up. You did great!

Imagine what might have happened if you were not county chair and maybe this woman or someone she knows was in charge that night.

Yes, you also have a right to be angry, but don't be disheartened. The battle between good and evil has always been and will always be. It can be depressing to think about people that are so dishonest, but take some pride that you are on the good side and take comfort that there are many others, too. Because without people like you, this place would be a hell of a lot worse and the revolution is growing.

Thanks for sharing this story. I'm glad there are people like you two out there!

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...like a millionaire

So often honest principled folks are caught off guard by the sheer petty and cheap ways in which the dishonest are willing to sell their souls.

There was a joke going around in Alaska after the political scandals there a few years ago: if your average Alaskan knew they could buy a congressman for the cost of a battered Subaru, a lot more of us would have been in the market. The sheer low-brow, low-income quality of the sleaze makes one shudder. What I took away from observing how the AK corruption went down was to note that the old adage of follow-the-money doesn't always hold water.

Lots of folks are willing to sell out just to feel important, necessary -- significant. Perhaps just as valid as follow-the-money is follow-the-weak-of-character.

spacehabits, do not feel ashamed in missing the underhanded tactics of the shameless. They will get the upper hand sometimes, a lot of the times. And they may sleep better. But they're using pills to get the job done. Rest easy, it's your deserved honor.

From a Paul supporter in a very late primary state, let me thank you and your wife for your work, dedication, and heartache. And thanks for delivering a precinct to Paul!

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Thanks for the information. It is good to post this info for people to learn how to approach their own caucuses. It is more important to be actively involved in the process than anything else. I went to the Western Slope Conservative Alliance meeting today and we had a presidential straw poll vote and we lost to Santorum, Romney and tied Perry for 3rd. The republican leadership were all there and I signed up to be a delegate and to run the caucus in my precinct.

In 2008 in NV I was the person that checked people in and I learned that if someone is not on the voter roll then you need to give them a provisional ballot. After that is is given to an election judge to determine if the ballot is valid. It is important to also be an election judge.

Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer for all positions.

Was any law broken?

Maybe you should inquire with the office of the attorney general. You should absolutly report any fraud that you believe took place.

There is a law against false registration.

Knowingly putting down false information on a voter registration form is a crime. Knowingly vouching for someone so that they can be registered in a precinct to which they don't belong is a crime.
No one did that.
It was up to me (or Nancy) to check their registration.
At least I think that is the extent of the law.

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The Virtual Conspiracy

I think you did wonderful,

what the heck this is a learning experience. Don't beat yourself up about this. Like Ron Paul says it is important to get the message and you certainly have, bless you for your hard work, we are proud of you.

Prepare & Share the Message of Freedom through Positive-Peaceful-Activism.

One thing I learned

Don't wear too many hats IF you can help it.
There is safety in numbers.
Plan for the unexpected and have a backup plan (like a bigger room if you need it).
I was just too green.
Next time I'm going to be ready.

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The Virtual Conspiracy

More Causus Testimonials

I would like to see more Iowans who worked those precincts write their stories to the Daily. We need to learn how this corruption occurred so, that for the next Causus's we are better prepared. Other than learning from these disceptions, can we legally do anything about it? I also, worry about the ballot machines being rigged. How can we prevent problems with these machines?

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as I grow older...

I am less and less so easily "pushed".

When a tyrant pushes me now, I push them back.

I'm quite sure you, too, will now have that urge.

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

The Solution.

The Chairman -ONLY- should have florescent pink tickets - something easy to see and unique - and after each person registers, they get a ticket.

When you do the separating - you check each person's ticket.

Pink ticket, left side; No ticket, right side.

Hey - it's all a learning process - we'll get better and better as it goes - and how awesome that Paul supporters turned out in droves!

I officially joined as a volunteer today doing some phone banking!
Let's go Ron!

Don't get mad

get even...

God bless you and your wife.

Please do not be angry about you or your wife's actions that night. You both did the best with the info and situations as they presented themselves. I applaud you both for your commitment and willingness to be a part of this messy awful system. You are heroes in my book.

Peace be to you, rest assured you have been true and furthered the cause of liberty!

Sleep well tonight, the battle is raging onward, you need your strength.

LivingTheDream

thank you so much for sharing this ground truth.

this kind of crap is precisely why people have become so cynical about the entire political process & apathetic. then, BOOM, comes a gentleman from Texas by way of Pitts., PA to prove to the world, you can walk through your entire life living up to your principles and let your actions and record be your big stick.

precisely why we need Dr. Paul to reboot, and millions more awakened Americans to lead and forge a similar path, long after he's gone.

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul

You did awesome!

Yes, "Roberta" is quite the little trickster. I have found some really good information on her that I posted below. It includes her affiliation with the Federal Reserve, amongst other things that would lead me to believe that she is most certainly up to no good. I'm sure she would curl up into a smug little ball if this were to get out :)

What a fantastic way to end my day.....bringing the corrupt to light one at a time!

You ought to publish this

You ought to publish this somewhere outside of the liberty community, and play up the populist angle a little more.

I think what people really don't get is the disdain that the elite feel for them. Once this is clear, regular folks won't tolerate it....

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you're being too kind...

disdain?

these silver spoons don't even want to be in the same restaurant as us, they won't accept anything we have to say, and they, in their minds, are so very far above us that we even look funny to them. Eating in the same restaurant with regular "folks"? How gauche we are to all of the "robertas" in the world.

Obombya looks at us this way. The slimy elder Bush, Clinton, Gore, they all have a great DISDAIN for ALL of us!

Its sickening that we allow them to breathe free air. They should ALL be in PRISON for what they've done to this country. And if we don't put them there we deserve what we get!

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

more fraud

One of our des moines for ron paul facebook page found an instance where 20 votes were just given to romney. His district had 2 votes for romney and the state sight said 22. He is filing an avidavit with watch the vote as the gop confirmed the discrepancy but isn't going to do anything about it at least now anyway.

If you have a link or any

If you have a link or any further info can you please post it here?

Thanks.

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"The State is a gang of thieves writ large." - Murray Rothbard

Thank you for sharing :)

As frustrating as it was to hear the details of your story, I was left with a feeling of hope & joy...

That two people like you and your wife were there, spending of your own time & effort, struggling so hard to make sure everything was done as well as possible (& as above-board as possible)

Knowing there are people like you two in the world surely gives many of us a lot of encouragement and hope.

Thank you.

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Don't be so hard on yourself.

They took advantage. You were doing the best you could do under the circumstances. Easy mistake to be made. Sometimes it takes awhile for things to play out, but we all get our just deserts. Thanks for you and your wife's hard work.

"The world is a dynamic mess of jiggling things, if you look at it right." - Richard Feynman

We need to be diligent!

and learn from the mistakes of others if we want to ensure a fair vote! Remember:
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance!

Santa Maria, Ca

Oh, yes, "Roberta"

Here's a photo of "Roberta". Is it just me, or does anyone else want to pull the batteries out of her back? "Oh, no, Flobot's....broken!"

http://www.sctimes.com/article/20111228/NEWS01/112280030/Bac...

My story is complete fiction...

Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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The Virtual Conspiracy

"You Nazty Spy"

"Any resemblance between the characters in this picture and any persons, living or dead, is a miracle."

If so, the plot is very believable... ;)

That 'cakeface' Roberta

looks like Newt's next wife. lol

She's probably

planning on voting in New Mexico and Florida too.