There are two, recent stories getting a bit of attention during the last couple of days. The first report deals with a planeload of absentee ballots, destined for delivery to military men and women serving in Afghanistan, having been destroyed in a plane crash in Shindad Air Force Base on October 19. Some 4,700 pounds of mail was reported to have been burned in the resulting conflagration. A “top official” of the Federal Voting Assistance Program “recommended that election officials resend a new ballot to anyone who requested one since the first ballot may have been destroyed in the crash and fire.”
Great advice. Presuming the news of this accident reached Afghanistan the same day it broke, what are the chances that every service person, waiting for their absentee ballot, had even learned of the crash? Or that replacement ballots were requested by these military men and women? Or, once reissued, ballots would reach the military and be returned in time for the election? Why not reissue all of the ballots immediately and send an urgent delivery to them?
The second account deals with an incident reported several days ago. Two, Ohio volunteer poll workers, wishing to remain anonymous, were disturbed by van loads of Somali immigrants being bused to their polling place for early voting. The poll workers were not troubled because there was assistance given for getting out the vote; Ohio boasts the second largest Somali population in the United States. The poll workers were distressed because there was clear and questionable behavior on display.
Most of the immigrants arriving to cast votes observably could not speak English. Human Events offers the following information: “According to the Somali Community Association of Ohio’s web site, over 45,000 Somalis live in Ohio. Only 40 percent have become citizens of the United States, and only 25 percent speak English well enough to get a job.”Only Democrat translators were available. There wasn’t a single Republican translator included in the “assistance” offered. Interpreters are forbidden, by law, from influencing voters in any way. The Democrat translators were observed, however, deliberately instructing these voters how to vote solely for the Democrat ticket. No mechanism exists in Ohio to determine if these voters were even legal residents.
The Republican-dominated state House of Ohio had passed strict voter registration laws in 2011. The state’s Senate, however, had overturned it. How, then, to determine whether or not these clueless Somali voters were legally casting ballots? One of the poll workers gave evidence that when a Mitt Romney bus later pulled up to the polling place, Democrat operatives outside, handing out slate cards to the Somalis they’d dragged out to vote, surrounded the Romney bus: “They yelled and swarmed around its door when anyone attempted to exit the bus.”Considering that it is exclusively conservative intimidation being trolled for, it is doubtful that the OSCE would have been of much help in this instance.
This administration has perfected classic techniques that have long been classics in the Liberal arsenal. Definitive projection, in the psychological sense, has become the Democrat weapon of choice; simply accuse opponents of doing what they, themselves, do. The military is not only being gutted, it is being defanged with respect to nation-wide voting procedure. The voter registration process has been neutered. States are not permitted to examine or enforce their own laws. The State Department is threatening states, such as Texas, from protecting itself from foreign voter interference (i.e. the OSCE) yet it does nothing to prevent voter intimidation perpetrated by their own stooges. The will of the people be damned.
Governor Romney is going to have to secure the presidential win well beyond any margin of error. The fight is only going to get more contentious and consequential during the next week. And the “fun and games” have only just begun.