Since voter fraud doesn’t exist, don’t expect the mainstream media to cover this massive case of voter fraud that actually exists.
Robert Rawlings, 59, an elections official in Durham County, North Carolina was charged with one felony count of obstruction of justice and one misdemeanor count of failure to discharge official duties for altering the number of votes during the March 2016 Presidential primary election.
More than 1,000 provisional ballots were mishandled during the election. The fraud was noticed last year, with the county telling state officials that some votes were counted twice and election results in Durham County were certified correct when they were not, the AP is reporting.
Based on the presidential primary results, 1,000 votes likely wouldn’t have made a difference in the race – on both sides. Sen. Ted Cruz won that county by 6,144 votes to President Donald Trump’s 4,381. Hillary Clinton won that county with 35,845 to Bernie Sanders’ 25,584. While the Democratic primary was never an issue, it’s possible that if almost all of the 1,000 miscounted votes went to Donald Trump, he would have won that county. But he overwhelmingly won the primary in that state by a vote of 458,151 to Sen. Cruz’s 418,740.
State elections officials insisted Rawling’s actions were one of carelessness and failure to perform his duties, not in order to change election results or support one particular party or candidate.
Board of Elections spokesman Patrick Gannon said the manipulation was determined not to support a particular party or candidate as it “occurred days after preliminary results were known, and the number of provisional ballots involved was not sufficient to change any outcomes.”
“The State Board’s top priority is ensuring the integrity of elections so voters have confidence in the process,” said Kim Strach, executive director of the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement, in a statement. “We will continue to hold accountable elections workers and voters who violate election laws.”
These provisional ballots are cast by voters when it’s unclear on Election Day whether or not they are eligible to vote. Unlike regular ballots, they are not tallied at the polling place, but are left for the county elections officials to decide whether or not to count them. If they’re deemed “acceptable” then they’re counted. Apparently, these 1,000 provisional ballots should not have been deemed “acceptable.”
Rawlings resigned his Durham County elections job shortly after the March 2016 primary and was replaced in June.
The Raleigh News And Observer reports that investigators from the N.C. State Board of Elections determined that Rawling “ran or ordered others to run provisional ballots through tabulators more than once and made manual changes to the ballot count so the results of the provisional canvass would match the number of approved provisional ballots.”
The grand jury, which said the alteration represented an obstruction of justice, added that Rawling’s altering of ballots was “committed in secret with deceit or the intent to defraud,” according to language in the indictment.
But again – nothing to see here. No voter fraud. Move on, folks.