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Pueblo GOP alleges vote rigging

Pueblo GOP alleges vote rigging

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Published by Stephen VanDyke
For the full story: http://hammeroftruth.com/2012/republicans-allege-election-rigging-in-pueblo-co/
For the full story: http://hammeroftruth.com/2012/republicans-allege-election-rigging-in-pueblo-co/

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December 20, 2012
For Immediate Release
The Pueblo County Republican Party with support of members of the Constitution Partyand Democrat Party requested a recount on December 5
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, 2012, due to the followingareas of concern:Critical election anomalies were observed in at least 25 precincts. Based on dataposted on the Secretary of State’s web site identifying voter turn-out by Precinct anda report provided by Pueblo County Clerk’s o
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ce on active Mail in Ballots that werecompared and found to have potential voter turnout to exceed 100% of the registeredvoters. It was verified by phone with both the Secretary of State and the PuebloCounty Clerk’s o
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ce that this could not have occurred due to provisional ballotsreplacing mail in ballots. A sample of these precincts is attached. In attempt tofurther cross check these results, audit calls were made to these precincts, at least 6voters in one precinct stated they had not voted which substantiated that the electionresults should be recounted.Election data provided later di
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ered from the canvassing board summary created bythe Pueblo County Clerk’s o
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ce.It was observed and reported to the County Clerk Gilbert Ortiz groups and individualswere observed picking up more than 10 mail-in ballots and delivering them to theCounty Clerk’s o
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ce. PCRP registered a complaint due to potential voter fraud. Mr.Ortiz stated he was aware this had occurred, to remedy this situation if a persondelivered over 10 ballots he was having the individuals sign in on a sheet located atthe election department. At the time of canvassing the Republican canvassingmember asked to receive these lists of persons delivering more than 10 ballots. TheDemocrat canvass member stated, “This list is under investigation, so you may nothave access to the lists”. No such investigation has been reported to the Secretary of State’s o
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ce to date nor is any record of the investigation available by the PuebloCounty District Attorney.The integrity of the chain of custody of main in ballots was not preserved. Mail- inballots were seen being carried into Democrat headquarters. Ballots were beingcollected by door knocking. Two judges were not present at all times at drop o
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 locations for mail in ballots. No system was in lace to detect if one individualdropped o
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more than 10 mails- in ballots over the course of the election.It is the expectation the election department has limited access of individuals andsecurity measures to protect voting machines, ballots and ballot processing. Mr.Ortiz gave the candidates a tour of the election department stating only limitedpersonnel had access to keys to the election department. When various people wereobserved entering the election department after hours and through varying entrances
 
that are not under video surveillance Mr. Ortiz later stated “All personnel have keysand access to the department”. During early voting, lights were observed on in theelection department after hours of operation as late as 9:00PM to 11:00 PM at nightwith people inside the department to include cleaning crews file storage boxes werealso seen leaving the department after hours. Upon inquiry of this breach of security,the county attorney’s o
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ce sent written notification housekeeping personnel werenot allowed in the election department, Mr. Ortiz stated his sta
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cleaned the electiono
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ce. Upon observation of the video surveillance cameras unsupervised cleaningcrews were inside of the election department after working hours on at least twooccasions. Furthermore, areas of the election department are not under camerasurveillance to include a storage area where voting cartridges are stored. Theseoversights compromise the integrity and confidence of the voting public no matterwhat party a
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liation.Once a candidate is elected is our belief that they represent equally all the people. Inthe spirit of cooperation, Mr. Ortiz was put on notice on 11/21/12 that we plannedto ask for a recount of the election so that he was not caught o
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guard. It is ourbelief that it was as beneficial to the County Clerk as it was to our candidates toconduct a recount given the questions. A great deal of research was done to attemptto determine what the cost would be as no guidance or help was provided from theCounty Clerk. The result was a $6,000-$8,000 price. We were prepared for it to bedouble that cost. The price to us was $29, 385. We checked the validity of this pricethrough various sources and were told this price was not appropriate. PCRP filed thefinal recount request on 12/5.12Mr. Ortiz then informed us at 7:00 PM that weneeded to have the money to his o
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ce at 5:00 PM on the 6
th
. Mr. Ortiz had knownfor two weeks that we planned to ask for a recount but found no need to give us anyguidance on how we make this happen and represent all the people of PuebloCounty.These areas and other factors such as di
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culties with poll watcher access prompteda recount request. These actions serve to disenfranchise election transparency andaccountability by making fees for a recount unrealistic. A report of other countyrecount costs is attached as is a sample of the data that we sought to clarify.

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