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Another disastrous primary election: Was Maine's Democratic Party Behind Effort to Block Sanders Votes?

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By Laurie Dobson

Cranberry Isles My five-island town here in Maine ran out of ballots at 5:30PM on Super Tuesday, March 3. We had to call the election office of the Secretary of State to try to get more. They sent a photocopy of a ballot to make extra copied ballots for people still coming to vote. Some people could not wait the extra half hour it took to do this and left.

Why did we run out? We have 26 Democrats and 22 Undeclared voters living here, so we should have been sent 48 available Democratic Ballots. Why were we only given 9? From our first call to the State officials at 6 PM until polls closed at 8 PM, our phone calls to the elections numbers (207)-624-7650 or (888)868-3763 did not get through (always busy!).

Were election workers in other towns trying to get through and also having their calls dropped or not answered?

We did have 42 ballots available for Republicans here, but only nine for Democrats, another instance of apparent misallocation or worse.

Islesford, the island next to ours, (which shares our town's name of Cranberry Isles), had a few more registered voters; they got 12 Democratic ballots and had only one left by 5:30 PM. Their population is similar to ours.

Our town clerk, Denise McCormick, called the day before the election to say that we did not have enough ballots, and was told that she "would have enough." She was later told that she could photocopy a ballot sent by the Secretary of State. Permission to reprint ballots had to be given in each case by the Sec. of State.

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Thanks for the 'in the trenches' account - people need to be aware of how it operates.

What's very demoralizing is - it's not just the elites pulling this on people, but their shock troops who are more than willing to carry it out for them.

What hope is there when so many people lack a moral compass and are willing to commit fraud? These are our neighbors, friends, coworkers and family.

Disheartening how honesty plays little role in public life now.

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This should be part of a lawsuit in Federal Court, along with all the other states with similar discrepancies, like Massachusetts and Texas, so far the most egregious. Please see also:

https://www.opednews.com/Quicklink/Discrepencies-in-MA-Dem-Pr-in-General_News-Exit-Poll_Exit-Polls_Massachusetts_Primary-200305-550.html

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This doesn't surprise anyone! Here in Calif. the same dirty tricks were played as in 2016. 1. Change registered voter's party from (D) to (R), (N) or (A) because we have a semi-closed primary. If not corrected before last day of registration these voter's are given Provisional Ballots. 2. Change walk-in voters to mail-in. Given Provisional Ballots even if surrendering Mail-in Ballot. This doesn't sound too evil until you consider the confusion it caused by giving these voter's a Provisional Ballot/CVR. All these people think they voted, yet those votes aren't counted unless they go back to the Regtstar of Voters, with proof that they had a right to vote. Of course these people are never told this last bit of info. This is why the Exit Polls are so off, people respond on how they voted but in reality their Privisional vote isn't counted unless the count is contested or proof of right to vote. It's odd these tricks never go against an establishment candidate. We will never have a democracy until we take back control over our elections! These two corrupt parties have made it so difficult to have fair elections.

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