Making it clear that the "presumptive" nomination of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Party nominee for president is far from a done deal, Bernie Sanders supporters in California are filing suit to demand that Secretary of State Alex Padilla insure all "provisional ballots" in all 58 California counties are properly counted, a vast number of ballots likely to tilt the final result markedly toward Sanders. The Fresno Bee reports that in Los Angeles County alone, the highest number of provisional ballots ever cast in a primary were cast last June 7th, 240,000, compared with 50,000 in 2012 and 176,000 in 2008. In total, approximately 2.5 million ballots remain to be counted.
Provisional ballots are ballots which can be cast by independent voters, who in every Democratic primary this season have leaned heavily toward Sanders, by as much as 90%. Before the California primary, a furor ensued after poll workers were reported being told to give independents the wrong ballots for the Democratic primary, the "provisional ballots," which have no candidate names printed on them, rather than regular Democratic primary ballots. Although both must be counted according to state law, poll workers concerned with fair elections revealed that in practice, provisional ballots were often not counted.
In an additional development, election activists who had filed a lawsuit against Republican operative Karl Rove in the 2004 presidential election for fraud in Ohio, the disputed swing state whose electoral votes gave George W. Bush a second term over Democratic nominee John Kerry, are today filing a lawsuit invoking RICO statutes in Ohio over electoral fraud benefiting Hillary Clinton. Included in the defendants are major media organizations, for complicity in criminal election fraud. Below are remarks by attorney Cliff Arnebeck, one of the filers of the lawsuit and chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of Common Cause Ohio.
Arnebeck said at the fair elections conference this week:
"There is no way the Democratic Convention is going to nominate somebody on the basis of obviously stolen votes…the facts are coming out and that’s a fact…We are suing the media as being complicit in the crime. They are acting as accessories after the fact. They are covering up evidence of criminal activity, it’s a crime"
“In my opinion Hillary Clinton has been used for the purpose of scuttling Bernie Sanders campaign for president, she is being used…but they’ve been caught, it’s obvious, it’s just like Bernie Sanders when he talks about the system is rigged, ah the elections are rigged, the evidence is clear, everybody’s gona see it and the game is over…Bernie has won in fact…”“We are going to be filing a racketeering lawsuit under the Ohio Racketering law, the strongest in the country and we can bring in every state, our RICO statute is coextensive with the federal RICO statute… So they’re nailed."
The Common Cause lawsuit takes place during a primary season which has seen unprecedentedly blatant evidence of vote fraud taking place against Senator Bernie Sanders, considered the outsider against establishment candidate Hillary Clinton. In Chicago, a citizens' election watchdog witnessed the vote totals of hand-counted ballots at a mandatory vote audit being altered to benefit Hillary Clinton. In Arizona and New York, two critical states, hundreds of thousands of likely Sanders voters saw their registrations disappear from the voter rolls, or their party affiliation changed without their consent.
Citizens Election audit group describes witnessing fraud for Hillary in Chicago
The role of the media in influencing the primary in favor of Clinton has taken its own spotlight this year, most recently when AP reported that Clinton already had reached the requisite delegate number to clinch the nomination a full day before the states of California, New Jersey, and New Mexico had even voted.
In 2004, Cliff Arnebeck had filed a lawsuit against Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, and Bush operative and former chief of staff Karl Rove, for election fraud in the critical swing state of Ohio, which was set to go to trial when a key Republican witness, IT guru Mike Connell, was killed in a small plane crash. Democracy Now reported at the time:
"A top Republican internet strategist who was set to testify in a case alleging election tampering in 2004 in Ohio has died in a plane crash. Michael Connell was the chief IT consultant to Karl Rove and created websites for the Bush and McCain electoral campaigns. Michael Connell was deposed one day before the election this year by attorneys Cliff Arnebeck and Bob Fitrakis about his actions during the 2004 vote count in Ohio and his access to Karl Rove’s email files and how they went missing."
Sanders supporters in California are urging voters to take photos of poll results posted outside polling stations while they remain posted this week, as a part of ongoing efforts to dispute announced California election results as fraud.
MBGM on June 13, 2016:
Shouldn't the article say 'election fraud' not 'vote fraud?' The meaning is understood, but they are very different things.
Betty Welkie/PA on June 13, 2016:
THANK YOU, Bernie suppirters in CA. Please follow thru with your lawsuit. Just read Bernie received 69% if all votes are counted. Major fraud, biggest yet. Can you get all those provisional votes before they are trashed?
THANK YOU for your hard work and support for the TRUTH & BERNIE SANDERS.
Fallyn on June 12, 2016:
Anyone know how to add our experiences and info to this lawsuit? I have been trying to raise awareness about the election fraud going on in my county and feel I have relevant information to contribute. My vote and votes of several friends and acquaintances were "lost", "not processed", being "challenged" due to signatures supposedly looking suspicious, etc.
marthabaez on June 11, 2016:
As much as this sounds like wonderful news. 2good2b true it probably is. So unless I see it actually filed and made public and not by updates via site but official public filings don't donate. This is not one side they're not Bernie Supporters. This is election fraud not to one specific party..IF this whole filing is true. Sorry I have trust issues with everything because of this rigged election.
Jill Spencer from United States on June 11, 2016:
Thanks for posting this. I was shocked by the results in CA given the momentum of Bernie's campaign. This explains a lot. CA, the world is watching!
Steve on June 11, 2016:
The classic case between good and evil.
Bernie has honesty, humility, intelligence,
experience authenticity fairness kindness and energy.
Any one who can't see that in him, is blind.
Cindy Green on June 11, 2016:
I want to follow the vote count and be assured that witnesses are supervising every person who has been trusted to do this work on my behalf. Hub pages, I need you!
N B Yomi from Dallas, TX on June 11, 2016:
Y'know... I hate to say it, but I kinda called it. I do intend to express this in my own Hub, but one of the many reasons I ain't voting is because this whole situation feels manipulative... "Vote for Hilary, not for what she stands for and represents, but because she's a woman." And the media spouting how she's our next democratic nominee and Obama talking with Sanders added to that suspicion. She's not looking to make history, but manipulate it, which leaves me greatly unsettled.
Sharlee on June 11, 2016:
I love the primary's this time around. The people are finally taking notice, and an interest in the electoral process, and have opened their eyes to changes needed in regard to the process. This gives me cause for hope...
Marie on June 11, 2016:
I am under the impression that the writer of this article is upset/angry that Sanders is loosing. Can't trust it. It is one sided .
Rogers Olare on June 11, 2016:
A good read. That is what I call an intelligent read
Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on June 11, 2016:
Very interesting article. It will be exciting to watch this play out over the next few months. Thanks for the informative and enlightening hub.
Jerry Fisher from Wellington on June 11, 2016:
Great stuff. Hope this goes far.
DC on June 10, 2016:
It's election fraud, not vote fraud.
Mmlemley on June 10, 2016:
Can someone please tell me the name and location of the California court (including the Division, if any), the party name (other than Alex Padilla), and the case number so I can look up the California lawsuit? I want to verify it was actually filed and monitor its progress. Thank you.
colleen hamson on June 10, 2016:
This is the news that I want to hear - deserve to hear as an American taxpayer. Hub Pages, hmm ... I'll be back.
Jennifer Hathaway on June 10, 2016:
The claim that these elections rights activists are necessarily "Sanders supporters" is erroneous, and does their important work a disservice.
There are a great many elections professionals, in a great many organizations nationwide, FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE, who've been involved fighting against the proprietary code and voting machine manipulations for more than a decade- the men in the video included.
Again: to characterize this as "Sanders supporters" is erroneous and appears to cast a biased motivation on these activists.
This is about protecting our votes, not party politics.