Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Did Clinton Steal the NY Primary

Did Clinton Steal the NY Primary?

by Stephen Lendman

So-called elections in America are farcical by any standard, mocking real democracy - Tuesday’s NY primary the latest example, a travesty of electoral legitimacy for Democrat party voters.

Political power brokers, Wall Street monied interests and war-profiteers are going all-out to assure Clinton becomes Democrat party standard bearer and America’s next president.

The fix is in. Trump is right about a rigged system. He’s the overwhelming GOP voter favorite. Yet primary shenanigans and a possible brokered convention may deny him the Republican nomination.

I’ve said many times America’s political system is too corrupted to fix. Paul Craig Roberts calls ongoing domestic and geopolitical events “the triumph of evil.” 

Tuesday’s New York primary was rife with irregularities. Trump was too overwhelmingly popular among GOP voters to defeat, winning almost all state delegates. Clinton won the majority of Democrat ones.

Her triumph over Sanders was disturbingly tainted. She stole Iowa by rigged coin-flips, Massachusetts, Nevada and Arizona by old-fashioned fraud.

Did she steal New York the same way? Over 125,000 registered voters were purged from NYC rolls, illegally disenfranchised.

Many others had their party affiliation changed without their knowledge or consent. New York primaries are closed. Only registered members of a political party can vote. They can’t switch affiliations on election day. 

Over three million registered NY independents were disenfranchised. Could they have swung the election for Sanders if allowed to vote?

Voting rights organization Election Justice USA is “a coalition of election integrity activists, law professionals, statisticians of election data, and grassroots social activists.”

Its mission is “advancing election integrity, transparency, and the protection of voting rights for all Americans” - everyone of voting age enfranchised, no one left out the way the sham process works today.

On April 18, a day ahead of the NY primary, it filed an emergency lawsuit in NY federal district court, spokeswoman Shyla Nelson, saying:

“Voters are frustrated, angry, and feel helpless. We have heard hundreds of stories, with desperate pleas for help. This election season has excited and galvanized the voting public in unprecedented numbers.” 

“For these voters to be systematically and erroneously removed from the rolls or prevented from voting in their party of choice is devastating to them personally and has sent a wave of doubt and worry through the voting public.”

Co-lead attorney in the suit Blaire Fellow explained the NY “Board of Elections, not voters, holds the voting records and should be responsible to prove a voter’s ineligibility, rather than putting this burden on the vote.”

“As it is currently structured, the statute places an onerous and excessive burden on the voter to prove their eligibility.” 

“It requires securing a court order, which takes time that many New Yorkers simply don’t have, as it means loss of income over and above what they lose by simply taking time off to vote.”

Lots more than voter role purging tainted New York’s primary - including polling stations opening late, broken voting machines, missing ballots, faulty ballot scanners, disproportionately allocating more delegates to Clinton than Sanders in at least one state congressional district (the 12th), and other irregularities.

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer’s comment rang hollow, saying “(t)he people of New York City have lost confidence that the Board of Elections can effectively administer elections and we intend to find out why the Board of Elections is so consistently disorganized, chaotic and inefficient.”

America is notorious for election rigging, fraud commonplace throughout its history - today with electronic ease and other dubious practices. 

Back room deal-making controls things. Monied interests pick winners and losers. 

Elections are meaningless exercises in theater. Democracy is pure fantasy. None whatever exists.

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