UPDATE: My vote for Ron Paul was NOT "disappeared." dabooda screws up.Submitted by dabooda on Sat, 06/23/2012 - 01:15
With great embarrassment, I have discovered my lost vote, which seems to have been recorded, after all.
Here's what happened: A couple of months ago, in order to win a seat on the Los Angeles Republican Central Committee, I went to the County Registrar to get walking lists of my precinct. The walk lists show all registered voters in the precinct and notes their party affiliation. I used the walk list to collect signatures from registered Republicans to support my nominating petition. My precinct number was listed at the top of the printouts . . . and that's what messed me up.
Between the time I received my precinct maps and the election (a space of just two months), the County evidently re-drew the boundaries of my precinct. The old precinct number is now just across the street from me, and I'm now in a precinct with a different number. Checking the election results for the new number, I see three votes for Ron Paul -- which is likely correct.
It wasn't my vote that was "disappeared" -- it was my precinct affiliation that vanished. And very recently, too: while I was thrashing around looking for a remedy for the fraud, Curt Schultz of the SuperBrocure project sent me a list of the SuperVoters in the Precinct number which is no longer mine -- and behold, my name was still there. I guess his list is a few weeks old, too.
This wasn't a truly stupid error, but it was an error nonetheless, and I apologize to everyone whose hopes were raised at the prospect of PROOF of election fraud. That includes me. Very sorry.
This original post is now of only historical interest:
I plastered my entire precinct with Ron Paul SuperBrochures, California held its primary election on June 5th, and in my Precinct Ron Paul received a grand total of one vote. Romney got 16. The interesting thing: the one vote Paul received WASN'T MINE. I went to the poll &voted in person, but the one vote that got counted was from an absentee ballot (and it happens that I know one guy in my Pct. who cast an absentee ballot for Paul, personally -- so that wasn't my vote, miscounted as an absentee vote.) No, there is no possibility that I marked my ballot wrong. My vote was "disappeared." By a programmable voting machine. I have already sent emails to the Paul campaign and to the California Secretary of State, reporting this little bit of election fraud. Now I'm going to canvas some of my neighbors who had seemed sympathetic to Paul, to find out if they actually voted for him -- I would not be amazed to learn that more votes than mine were disappeared or flipped. I'm open to suggestions: what more can I do to raise some hell about this?