Yesterday, I brought up blatant election law violations and the possibility of election fraud in Philadelphia. Today, however, there will be no question mark in the title. There is no reasonable doubt that there was massive election fraud in Cleveland, Ohio.
There are over 100 Cuyahoga County precincts in which Obama got over 99% of the reported vote. In many of these, Romney got 2, 1, or even 0 votes. In fact in 16 precincts, Romney got 0 votes. Most of these are not small precincts, either. In one, the vote was reported as 597-0.
When I first read this story, I was skeptical. I mean this isn’t the Soviet Union, right? But then I checked the Cuyahoga County election returns on my own, and the results indeed are that bizarre. Check them out for yourself if you like. You will have to scroll down a bit to the presidential results.
To get odd results like that in one or two precincts would be suspicious, but in elections there is often a precinct or two with unexpected results. To get results like that in precinct after precinct after precinct, however, is compelling evidence of election fraud, and that on a massive scale.
Again, no, I do not think such fraud affected the final result in this election. But it is nevertheless an attack on the integrity of our democracy. The full force of the law should come down on the perpetrators.
On Election Night, I expressed the wish that if Obama won, it would be decided that night. Given the emerging election law violations and outright fraud in swing states, we should all be thankful that turned out to be the case. I shudder to think of the state of the union if the election had turned out to be so narrow as to be brought into question by fraud like this.
Election fraud in this country must be stopped.
UPDATE: I think you can take that question mark off of my Philadelphia post now. From here (with some high comedy mixed in):
It's one thing for a Democratic presidential candidate to dominate a Democratic city like Philadelphia, but check out this head-spinning figure: In 59 voting divisions in the city, Mitt Romney received not one vote. Zero. Zilch.
These are the kind of numbers that send Republicans into paroxysms of voter-fraud angst, but such results may not be so startling after all. [Yeah. Right. – ed.]
"We have always had these dense urban corridors that are extremely Democratic," said Jonathan Rodden, a political science professor at Stanford University. "It's kind of an urban fact, and you are looking at the extreme end of it in Philadelphia."
Most big cities are politically homogeneous, with 75 percent to 80 percent of voters identifying as Democrats.
Cities are not only bursting with Democrats: They are easier to organize than rural areas where people live far apart from one another, said Sasha Issenberg, author of The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns.
"One reason Democrats can maximize votes in Philadelphia is that it's very easy to knock on every door," Issenberg said. [. . . and kill any and all possible Romney voters?]
Still, was there not one contrarian voter in those 59 divisions, where unofficial vote tallies have President Obama outscoring Romney by a combined 19,605 to 0?
The unanimous support for Obama in these Philadelphia neighborhoods - clustered in almost exclusively black sections of West and North Philadelphia - fertilizes fears of fraud, despite little hard evidence. [19,605 to zilch isn’t “hard evidence”?]
Upon hearing the numbers, Steve Miskin, a spokesman for Republicans in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, brought up his party's voter-identification initiative - which was held off for this election - and said, "We believe we need to continue ensuring the integrity of the ballot."
The absence of a voter-ID law, however, would not stop anyone from voting for a Republican candidate.
Larry Sabato, a political scientist at the University of Virginia who has studied African American precincts, said he had occasionally seen 100 percent of the vote go for the Democratic candidate. Chicago and Atlanta each had precincts that registered no votes for Republican Sen. John McCain in 2008.
"I'd be surprised if there weren't a handful of precincts that didn't cast a vote for Romney," he said. But the number of zero precincts in Philadelphia deserves examination, Sabato added.
"Not a single vote for Romney or even an error? That's worth looking into," he said.
Gosh, you think?
Hat tip to The Blaze, which has more on the *interesting* returns in both Cleveland and Philly.