It’s very difficult to traverse the deep, broad river of dezinformatsia which has more than overflowed its banks in this 2016 election season. Truth has become so elusive, so covered in the mire of mud slung at us from so many different directions, the search to find it is beyond exhausting. It is blinding. The clarity-devoid situation in which many voters who are in the process of choosing the next President of the United States find themselves is enough to induce one to throw his hands into the air and just surrender. And the angst-inducing political stakes are complicated by concerns of hacking into and tampering with voting machines.
The question is, “Will my vote be counted correctly?”
Yesterday a couple of reports surfaced on Facebook, published by Paul Joseph Watson and subsequently on this site, from people in Texas who claimed to have had their votes switched from Trump to Clinton by voting machines. We’ve had assurances from election officials that it’s just not so. It’s pretty well impossible. Then again, we’ve had a scientist with an Ivy League Ph.D. tell us it’s not too difficult to tamper with such a machine.
Were those women telling the truth? Who knows? That’s Facebook. I don’t have a Facebook page and I don’t consider it a reliable source of information for much of anything.
Comes now a Fox News report out of Chicago, Illinois, in which State Representative Republican candidate Jim Moynihan told the following story:
CHICAGO — Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats.
Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote Monday at the Schaumburg Public Library.
“I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan said. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”…
…Cook County Board of Elections Deputy Communications Director Jim Scalzitti, told Illinois Watchdog, the machine was taken out of service and tested.
“This was a calibration error of the touch-screen on the machine,” Scalzitti said. “When Mr. Moynihan used the touch-screen, it improperly assigned his votes due to improper calibration.”…
Read all of it.
Here’s a parting thought, attributed to Joseph Stalin:
“Those who vote decide nothing. Those who count the vote decide everything.”
I fully trust the integrity of a friend who will be working as an election judge on November 8th. I am confident she will do her job impartially and competently.
Do I trust these machines which receive and tabulate votes electronically?
I hand-delivered my paper ballot to the election office in my county and dropped it into the ballot box.