Fox News presents a good test case for demonstrating how an unverified account of voting machine irregularities in Nevada can become a national story about how
Fox News presents a good test case for demonstrating how an unverified account of voting machine irregularities in Nevada can become a national story about how Democrats are trying to steal the midterm elections. First, run a quick story that quotes a single voter in Nevada insisting Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) name was already checked when she went to cast her ballot via touch screen early voting on Monday:
Voters in Boulder City said they were trying to vote for Republican nominee Sharron Angle, but that Reid’s name was checked when they got to the electronic voting machines.
“Something’s not right,” voter Joyce Ferrara told the network, saying several people reported the same problem. “One person that’s a fluke. Two, that’s strange. But several within a five-minute period of time — that’s wrong.”
Next, provide a link to a longer story via the local Vegas Fox affiliate that quotes the registrar of voters debunking the claim and notes that not a single voter has reported any irregularities to staff at a polling location:
Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said those claims were “patently false” and said at no time did any of those voters report the incident to staff at their polling location.
“In fact, although over 160,000 people have voted early in Clark County, those allegations that have been made have gone directly to the media as opposed to election board officers,” he said.
Lomax advised voters to be aware that touch-screens on the screens are sensitive. For that reason, a person may not want to have their fingers linger too long on the screen after they make a selection at any time.
And let Rush Limbaugh take it from there:
So this woman goes in to vote — and it’s happening to a lot of people in Nevada going in to early vote and they are checking off their candidate, and it’s not Harry Reid, and then it shows up on the screen as though they have voted for Harry Reid. And this is happening in North Carolina. In New Bern, North Carolina, a lot of places around the country, reports are starting to trickle in that early voting cheating has already begun. So what do you do? What do you do when this happens? The only thing I can think of is to call the New Black Panther Party for help. These are the experts, ladies and gentlemen, at running fraudulent elections, and they have the imprimatur of the Justice Department. They’re not charged with any crimes when they engage in this kind of stuff.
Seriously, this is starting to pop up all over the place. The Democrats do not have one issue on which they can run with pride and say, “Look what we accomplished.” Nothing. All they can do is cheat.
From a woman in Nevada to a nationwide scheme on the part of Democrats, aided in part by the New Black Panther Party, to steal the elections. The outcome of the Nevada Senate race is going to be extremely close and both sides are going to have to accept the victory of the other candidate as legitimate in order to keep the situation within the bounds of a civil, democratic process. Stirring up fears that one party is trying to steal the elections is certainly not helping.
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