Sharron Angle’s political team has accused Harry Reid of “stealing” the Nevada senatorial election, according to a blog on Babble.com. Even a popular trend on Google during the day Nov. 3 spoke of how popular Angle’s argument was becoming.
On election night, Angle’s team filed a complaint with the Justice Department saying casino owners were told to make sure their union members got out to vote on election night, as reported by Yahoo! News. Free Republic even posted pre-election polling data versus actual returns and made the revelation that Reid’s son, Rory, is the county election commissioner for Las Vegas.
Nevada’s Secretary of State’s office says there were no reports of voting irregularities in a statement made to The Hill. In her concession speech Angle hinted she isn’t done with politics and may run for governor of Nevada.
Other voting irregularities were reported on Tuesday night, though none as controversial as Angle’s accusations. Here’s a look at how these other complaints stack up to Nevada’s.
CNN reported the state attorney general’s office in Topeka, Kansas, received complaints about phone calls voters received. The calls said Election Day was Wednesday, not Tuesday. The call also mentioned you need to bring proof of home ownership.
Owning property hasn’t been a qualification for voting since the 1850s. The complaint was brought to light by the Kansas State Democratic Party, while the Republicans responded by saying the Democrats are a “desperate party.”
Prosecutors in Brainerd, Minnesota, investigated claims about staffers at a home for the mentally handicapped who were allegedly filling in absentee ballots for residents. A voter filed the claim saying the residents had no idea who or what was going on because of their disabilities.
Staffers at the facility allegedly supported Democrat Mark Dayton in Minnesota’s gubernatorial election. In the United States, there are three things preventing someone 18 or older from voting–death, conviction of a felony, and being declared mentally incapacitated.
Supporters of Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland claim voters received calls throughout the day saying he had already won the election and there was no need vote. Yahoo’s Upshot reported the automated call said “The only thing left is to watch on TV tonight.”
Misleading phone calls happen all of the time during contemporary elections. Unfortunately, there is no caller id to trace the call back to the source.
Sharron Angle’s Case
Reid didn’t cheat to win the election–Angle quit the race when she made her concession speech. If Republicans are going to claim Harry Reid cheated because his son is an election commissioner, then perhaps the GOP needs to look no further than Florida in 2000, when George W. Bush’s brother was governor. Florida’s hanging chads should be a relevant comparison for major voting irregularities.
Claims of cheating are the worst part about American politics. The best things voters can do is trust our election officials and county leaders to ensure our voting process remains a sanctity of honesty, especially during a tumultuous time in American politics.
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Google Trends, “Steal Nevada”, Google.com.
Free Republic, “Hard Data Supporting Fraudulent Activity in Nevada Election”.
Roth, Zachary, “Team Angle alleges voter intimidation by Reid campaign”, Yahoo! News.
Miller, Sean J. “Despite rumors, no voting problems reported in Nevada”, The Hill.
CNN Wire Staff, “Scattered snags reported in midterm balloting”, CNN.com.
Roth, Zachary, “CT poll sites run out of ballots; misleading calls in Maryland”, Yahoo! News.