Pat McCrory is Trying to Steal the DC Governorship!

Republicans tried virtually everything to steal the election in North Carolina.

They used Kris Kobach's Interstate Crosscheck system to throw hundreds of thousands of people off the voter rolls.

They passed the harshest voter suppression ID law in the nation.

They closed polling places.

They cut early voting.

They banned same-day registration.

Name something you can do to try to rig an election - and North Carolina Republicans tried it.

Unfortunately for them - they weren't entirely successful.

Even though Republican voter suppression efforts in North Carolina were probably enough to hand the Tar Heel State to Donald Trump and keep Richard Burr in his senate seat, they weren't enough to save the campaign of Governor Pat McCrory.

According to the latest numbers, McCrory trails North Carolina's Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper by around 6,500 votes.

In other words - the election is over.

Cooper won.

Governor McCrory - however - is STILL refusing to concede - and has now requested an official recount of the results.

Theoretically - of course - this is fine.

North Carolina law gives candidates the right to ask for a recount when the margin of victory is below 10,000 votes - as it is right now.

But McCrory isn't just asking for a recount - he's up to something more sinister.

Over the past two weeks, the Governor's team has filed complaints in more than 50 counties alleging widespread voter fraud and challenging the results of the election.

These allegations, of course, are totally bogus - something at least 4 Republican-controlled election boards confirmed when they rejected McRory's challenge - but that's not really the point.

This isn't about truth - it's about stealing an election.

As Mark Joseph Stern points out over at Slate -

"[McCrory's] real goal appears to be to delegitimize the results to such an extent that the state legislature—which holds a Republican supermajority—can step in and select him as the winner."

This sounds crazy - but it's totally possible.

Under North Carolina law, any "contested" election is reviewable by the state's General Assembly, which then has the power to pick the winner.

Its decision is final and can't be challenged in court.

So, would Governor McCrory and his Republican pals really try to overturn the results of an election they clearly lost?

Of course they would.

They've already tried to rig the election with voter suppression ID laws - cuts to early voting - and Interstate Crosscheck.

Staging a legislative coup is just the logical next step.


cccccttttt 7 years 29 weeks ago

Dems and Repubs just engaging in their normal tribal tactics:

gerrymandering, hair trigger recounts, and checking voter lists.

However fail to see why a strict ID requirement is not the norm in every state.

Without them, how can the public have confidence in the voting process?


Qoheleth 7 years 29 weeks ago

In North Carolina, out of the millions of votes cast here between 2000 and w012, exactly TWO would have been disallowed by voter ID. Now, if that is enough to warrant the vast expenditure of tax money that voter ID costs, the next question is why does the party that pledges allegience to "small government" require a Big Government ID for voting? Why isn't it enough to prove you're who you said you were when you registered? Why is a student ID, for example, not enough to prove you're not dead?

I'll tell you why. Actually, the Republicans in North Carolina's General Assembly can tell you why. They looked at the kinds of ID white voters carry versus the kinds of ID that black voters carry and disallowed the latter types. That's why. One former advisor to Sen. Jesse Helms admitted that African-Americans were targeted. He pointed out that if African-Americans tended to vote Republican, they wouldn't have been targeted with these restrictions on their voting.

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Johnnie Dorman 7 years 29 weeks ago

While Republicans worry about disinfranchising voters, the Democratic party members are worried about counting the votes and looking for cases where Republicans are blocking the vote. Seems like a good demonstration of what party it is that's trying to steal elections.

Trump, trying to say that there were millions of illegal votes is so foolhearty on the face of it that I can't believe that this country is actually considering putting the idiot in our highest office. Anyone with any sense at all knows that the voter fraud BS is a total fraud in itself.

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tomcalwriter1 7 years 29 weeks ago

First Hillary steals the election from Bernie, then Donald steals the election from Hillary, and then because of the attention this is drawing we see that this has been going on for quite some time, and I don't mean just in isolated places like Chicago in 1960. This has become the norm. Not only do they try to brainwash us into voting for their candidate with decisions like Citizens United but then they rig the election when it doesn't go their way. What has become of our democracy? Can't we simply find some honest people in the MSM to report what is going on -- and I don't mean the average reporters out there because they are basically muzzled.

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sjdorst 7 years 29 weeks ago

Correction needed in the headline.

DC doesn't even have a Governor, but NC does.

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2950-10K 7 years 29 weeks ago

Republicans steal presidential elections all the time, why would they pass up a governorship? A party that has kicked sand in the face of weaker men by blocking the appointment of a supreme court justice will stop at nothing....that's how Fascism works.

All the major networks are claiming there is no evidence of election fraud...let me correct them: #1 Exit Polls matter! The polls indicate clear election fraud. #2 Clinton consistently received 7% fewer votes in areas where electronic voting machines were used as compared to paper ballots. #3 There has been overwhelming evidence of fraud and manipulation of digital voting machines for many years. These machines are manufactured by staunch Fascists, and they guard the secrets of manipulation closely. #4 Interstate cross check is a fact ....more clear massive election fraud. Not a mention of this evidence either. I said many times that we needed NATO to oversee our election...I was dead serious.

The corpse media is protecting the continuation of its Citizens United profits at the expense of our democracy. The presidential election alone brought in 5 billion!

Hardly a word about crooked Donny's crimes...that after hearing about god damn Benghazi and emails over and over and over and over and over....anybody that voted for Clinton needs to boycott ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox propaganda, MSNBC, all of the shiftless bastards. Harass Fox reporters anytime you see them. Refuse to purchase products advertised on these networks...Let red state Skeeter buy all the sht! Good luck with that!

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ikeberltersen 7 years 29 weeks ago

It looks like McCrory is hoping to run the clock until Trump is president and the DoJ will not likely do anything when the NC Republican legislature steals the win and gives it to McCrory. If the Republicans can get away with outright stealing an election from the clear winner then what's left of democracy in this country is toast. Game over.

Copycat 7 years 29 weeks ago

Not a single informed citizen would ever vote for a Republican. An informed public would never ever support this Republican Party's shenanigans designed to dismantle and loot the remnants of our democracy. The entire Main Stream Media has become the Republican party's version of Tokoyo Rose. All our news outlets have been monopolized by a hand full of Coroprations who despense a consistent correlated propaganda through their quietly acquired web of established and trusted newspapers, tv, radio, Internet, billboards, and 'for-rent' talking heads. The most important thing we can do to counter this is to get the message out that main stream media ownership is a monolopy with a common agenda and teach them the math. Most people don't understand the gravity of the danger this situation has become. I am terrified.

HONEST people in the Main Stream Media? AVERAGE REPORTERS in the Main Stream Media MUZZLED???!!

Any "Honest Believers" working in Main Stream Media as "News Anchors", "Reporters", "Political Analists", "News Correspondents", "fill-in-blank Experts", "Talk Show Hosts", etc... promoting this decades long propaganda campaign against our democracy at the expense of the working and poor, are bigots themselves or lack basic critical thinking skills or both. The rest of them, those who deplorably use their position of great influence to willfully and knowingly perpetuate this campaign of manipulation, misinformation and omission of facts with enthusiastic proclamations or rational calm, are not "MUZZLED", they just have their fat checkbooks caught in their throats. I view every Main Stream Media outlet as a "Republican Rose". Follow the money. If you've never seen any of the "fake news" I base my conspiracy theory on here are a couple of links you might want to look at:

Mitt Romney's Bain Capital, which owns iheartmedia which is a Republican right wing Rush, Hanity, Beck, Fox propaganda powerhouse, has a thousand radio stations. Go to their link and use the drop down box to see all the cities they cover.

Google the fcc list of radio stations in your state or area then arrange the list by ownership and follow the application links. Then Google the stations to see if they are Fox one Rush Limpball outlets and who the owners are and what else they own.

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fbacher 7 years 29 weeks ago

Provisional Ballots are cast electronically, at least in some jurisdictions. I have been an election "judge" (just the lead volunteer election worker at a poling location) for years in Travis County, Texas. Provisional ballots are cast electronically, but they are "tagged" electronically such that the decision to count them can be made later. If you would like the training manual which gives some insight into how the gears work I will be happy to send you mine. (Yeah, photo voter id is largely a joke. Even banks rarely try to confirm that that id you are holding actually belongs to you or is valid).

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