Nov 6, 2012 No Comments ›› Infidel
Excerpted from WND: NEW YORK – Former U.S.-U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, who led the George W. Bush efforts during the controversial Florida 2000 recount, says the Romney campaign is prepared for any 2012 election “irregularities.”
“We got caught flatfooted in 2000, the Romney campaign learned from the mistakes we made.” Bolton went on: “This time we have all states covered. We are prepared for any eventuality.”
Bolton, a long-time associate of former Secretary of State James Baker and a law firm partner, led the famous recount and the examination of numerous ballots with the infamous “hanging chads.”
He explained the experience gained in 2000 could be invaluable if the 2012 election is as close as many polls indicate.
“The Democrats’ approach in Florida was to find any approach they could to force a recount in areas they thought they could harvest votes. … It had less to do with problems with the voting and more with an attempt to change the result of the election. As certain as an election could be all went for Bush and yet the Democrats persisted in the argument that there were problems with butterfly ballots … that some were not written in Creole for Haitian-Americans … others had hanging chads.”
Bolton added: “While there are fewer paper ballots in 2012, the newer electronic voting could prove far more ‘problematical.’
“The old (paper card) ballot may actually have been more reliable than the current electronic voting. … In 2000 we had hard evidence of voting, now all we have is electronic data. It may be easier to play with than the old-fashioned punch card. It may be easier to fix an election by manipulating a few electrons. With the punch card or a written ballot you could hold them. Instead of hanging chads, we may have missing electrons.”
The newer voting systems ma,y in fact, be more, not less, prone to tampering, said Bolton.
His concerns come on the heels of published reports that early election voting in several states showed ballots cast for Romney were tabulated for Obama.
While he does not believe that the 2000 problems will resurface in Florida, other states (such as Ohio) could pose a challenge.
“That is why the Romney campaign will have lawyers in key states already mobilized to try and sniff it out (voting irregularities) and prevent them if possible.”
Bolton is especially concerned about election operations in states hard hit by Hurricane Sandy.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already stated he might consider extending voting by as much as 20 days by executive order. He already decided that voters living in areas with no open polling places could move to nearby open centers out of their district by simply signing special affidavits.