While Republican nominee Donald Trump, who is facing defeat according to almost all pre-election polls, has been asserting that the upcoming election may be rigged, now Green Party candidates are also warning about the possible fraud.
The Green Party Presidential ticket of Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka said Wednesday that the presidential election may be rigged. The Democrats too have warned that Russian hackers may try to interfere with the vote.
“Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are raising unprecedented doubts – from very different directions – about the reliability of the upcoming vote count,” said Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential candidate.
“Trump conjures up fictional armies of people engaged in ‘voter fraud.’ The mainstream media and the Democrats are obsessed with “Russian hackers,” Stein said.
In the meantime, she says, President Obama scoffs at the notion of election rigging. But in fact, there are serious election integrity issues in the U.S. that we need to address. Just as important, the system is rigged to ensure that the Democratic and Republican parties continue to dominate while political competition is effectively barred, said Stein.
According to the Green Party, social scientists have already debunked Trump’s myth of voter fraud. The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University stated that “it is more likely that an individual will be struck by lightning than he will impersonate another voter at the polls.”
In their statement, Stein and Baraka pointed to documented evidence of major elections tainted by voter suppression, voter roll purges, and other troubling issues.
“A Stein/Baraka administration will propose federal legislation providing for universal national voter registration and election procedures,” said Stein. “We call for immediate measures to help protect the vote on November 8, including:
- Electronic voting machines must have an auditable paper-based ballot trail.
- Immediately post-election, there must be a mandatory random audit of three percent of all ballots.
- Open source code must be used to verify the vote count in states that use secret proprietary software. Systems like this, such as the Trachtenberg system, exist and are already in use.
- All election jurisdictions with electronic ballot imaging technology and audit features must turn both these features on during the elections, and make ballot images and audit logs available as public records.”
“It is vital to the integrity of our elections and our democracy that every vote be counted. We call on all parties and presidential campaigns, including both Trump and Clinton, to join our call for verified election results,” the Green Party suggested.
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