Election Day antics began early in Broward County, Florida, which, incidentally, is also home to the infamous ‘hanging chad’ incident between Bush and Gore in the 2000 Presidential election.
When the officially designated poll watcher tried to resume her precinct voting station at 6:15am, she was denied access by the polling station manager. Despite the poll watcher’s displaying of the required certified letter and badge from the Broward County elections official verifying her official status, the poll watcher was threatened with arrest and commanded to leave the premises right away “or else” due to the fact that her name was not on the designated precinct list.
GOP officials were then contacted who supposedly contacted the voting station manager, and the incident was ‘reportedly’ resolved. A GOP Broward County spokeswoman we contacted later cited the incident as ‘some minor confusion, which was reportedly cleared up by 7:00 am.’
The poll watcher, upon learning that the incident had been cleared up, wryly indicated, “yeah, after half of the voting day’s gone,” and immediately traveled to resume her poll watching station only to find that the incident had not actually been cleared up. Unfortunately, this instance was but one of many headaches she was forced to endure as a Broward County poll watcher.
In the 2012 election season, there has been a landslide of allegations, clear admissions and witnessed instances of voter fraud occurring in virtually every state.
From machine malfunctions defaulting to the incumbent, thousands of 112 year-old voters casting ballots in only four counties in North Carolina, to even an NAACP group essentially taking over a voting station in Texas. There have even been clear admissions of repeated voting by individuals who proudly boast about the fraud they are committing. There have also been whispers about being paid for voting and even accounts of poll workers threatening some voters who have the audacity to show verifiable ID.
This latest twist in the “vote early and often saga” was but one of many incidents reported by our repeatedly harassed poll watcher in Broward County Florida. In earlier instances, the poll watcher had observed clear evidence of individuals not being signed in at the voter station in order to verify that no earlier votes had been cast. In Florida, voting regulations require that each individual’s license or voter ID card be swiped prior to the voter being allowed into the voting booth. The poll watcher, Diane Sori, has signed affidavits with election officials swearing to the fact that numerous individuals were not effectively signed into their voting stations while still being allowed to vote.
The infractions didn’t stop there, however.
At this same polling station, certain other individuals, whose signatures failed to match the voter data, were asked for address information. If the voter responded with either erroneous address information or didn’t know their address, the poll worker then, according to Mrs. Sori, turned the computer screen towards the person in order to verify the address in question, which is also clearly against voter laws in Florida.
In other instances Mrs. Sori witnessed individuals, whom she had recognized earlier, coming in for a second round of voting later that same day in addition to busloads of individuals being transported in from other areas of Broward County. In one particular instance, Sori interfered with the repeat voter by confronting the polling site manager. The individual then admitted that he had voted earlier that day and was sent on his way. The problem was only exacerbated by the fact that Mrs. Sori and her follow poll watcher witnessed these instances of voter fraud repeatedly throughout the following three days of early voting in Florida.
Mrs. Sori indicates that the key area in which voter fraud repeatedly occurred was in not requiring the voters to be “swiped” or signed in by the site manager. Unfortunately, the problems didn’t end even there for the now outraged poll watcher. In instances where no ID was available to the voter, or where there was a problem with the voter’s license, the individual was sent to the site manager’s station where evidence of positive identification was required to be cleared. In these instances, a business card or piece of paper was given to the individual in order to call in for clearance before being allowed access back into the polling station to cast their ballot; however, the poll watcher was unclear on exactly what information could have been exchanged in a mere phone call requesting voter clearance sight unseen.
Mrs. Sori also indicates that, despite clear rules disallowing same day voter registration and voting, the site manager at her particular polling station repeatedly allowed both registration and voting on the very same day. As a result of Mrs. Sori’s three day ordeal witnessing countless instances of voter fraud, she was required to conference with election officials and provide testimony and a full affidavit of everything she witnessed.
Knowingly voting more than once, or knowingly allowing someone to vote more than once are both considered instances of fraud and are a felony punishable by up to 3 1/2 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
When we later contacted Mrs. Sori, after having been told that the incident had been resolved by the Broward County GOP, Sori indicated that the polling station manager had kicked her off the premises again.
Despite Mrs. Sori’s having contacted the Broward County Republican Executive Committee Chairman and being given ’emergency status’ much earlier that morning, the official poll watcher was never allowed to perform her duty of monitoring for voter fraud on election day.