Monday, January 23, 2012

Witnesses Document Potential Vote Fraud in S.C. Primaries

Brandon Turbeville

After Newt Gingrich’s stunning victory in the South Carolina Republican primaries on Saturday, there are now questions surrounding the vote counting process that took place Saturday night. 

Indeed, some individuals who witnessed the actual certification of the vote are beginning to question whether or not the outcome is a result of clever campaigning, or that of voter fraud. 

Although no one is pointing fingers at the Gingrich campaign, or any other campaign at this point, the anomalies that are arising from the accounts of eyewitnesses call into question the certainty and the credibility of the final count in South Carolina.
At this time, the most serious questions are centered around the precincts in Pickens County. It was in this precinct that Chris Lawton, representing the Paul campaign, came to the Pickens County elections office to witness the vote certification and noticed a series of situations that were either in direct opposition to State voting laws, or, at the very least, highly questionable.
Mr. Lawton stated to me that he arrived at the Pickens County elections office around 7:10 pm, where he was then ushered into the County Council chambers. Mr. Lawton claims he was told that he had to remain in this area and watch the vote tabulation on the projector in the council chambers, not in the room where the actual counting was taking place.

However, Lawton noticed that, even as he arrived, the projector was displaying 726 -746 votes which were broken down by candidates. He says he then inquired as to where these votes came from and was told that the votes were tabulated at 9:00 am that day and as mail came in. He claims he was then instructed that he could not be in a secure area.
Eventually, he stated, he gathered himself together and decided to assert himself as per his rights to witness the count personally under State law. He says, “[They were] very unfriendly and appeared agitated at my presence. When I got my wits I went back and declared State law allowed me to witness all aspects of this process. I was told there was little space and [to] stand out of the way and not be talking on the phone.”
Mr. Lawton then states that at 8:00 pm a precinct which he believes to be Prater’s Creek came into the office without the “zero” tape; the device that shows the voting machines were started at a vote count of zero. Without the “zero” tape, there is no certainty that the voting machines did not begin operation loaded with votes for specific candidates, a very serious issue to say the least.
Mr. Lawton states that, at 8:02 pm, the Paul campaign called the elections office and was hung up on and given no information regarding the vote-counting process.
At 8:05 pm, Mr. Lawton claims that a box of ballots arrived (Box 216) which he believes were also from Prater’s Creek. This box had a broken security seal. When Lawton asked for the serial number of the machine that these ballots came from, he says he was told to wait.
Yet these were not the only ballots to come back unsecured. According to Lawton, the discs containing the Powdersville District 2 ballots arrived being carried by a poll worker. These discs were not only missing a seal, but were being carried in a personal folder inside the worker’s left pocket.
Shortly after a Deputy from the Pickens County Sheriff’s office arrived (as a result of the campaign being hung up on) Lawton claims that around 8:55 pm, a lady from Clemson Precinct 1 stated that the boxes and machines for this precinct were actually dropped off at another precinct – Stone Church at University Baptist Church in Clemson.
Lawton says that he asked when the machines and ballots would arrive at the correct precinct and was told that the votes had already been tabulated and would be coming in later. He claims that he was then told, later on, that the machines and ballots would be stored at the church. Lawton says that he never found out where the ballots and machines ended up before he departed his precinct Saturday night.
At 9:10 pm, Lawton claims he was given the serial number for the first box of ballots that arrived with a broken seal – Box 216 (Serial # V5124783).
At 9:30 pm, Lawton says he left the precinct with the tabulations and names of the county poll workers.
Yet Pickens County is not the only location where the method of counting votes is questionable.
In Florence County, for instance, a confidential source informed me that the vote certification was seriously flawed and essentially conducted in secret. Those individuals who came to witness the certification were not allowed into the room where the votes were being tallied and could only view the process through a glass window.
The process itself was conducted behind closed doors and witnesses could only view individuals working on computers (there were no paper ballots) – but they were unable to actually see what was on the computers themselves. Because the vote counting took place in a closed room, there was no sound available to any of the witnesses either. Only a computer screen tacked onto the wall was available for witnesses in order to view what was allegedly happening on the computers in the next room.
This is particularly concerning since the South Carolina State Constitution states that, while votes are to be cast in secret, they are to be counted in public.   
It is important to note that, at no time, did the witnesses have access to the room in which the ballots were being counted to either corroborate or contest the process in Florence. There was no way for them to even ask questions regarding the vote counting.
As the source stated, “The system is designed so that just a few people have access to the votes and only a few people know what those votes actually are.”
The issue of lack of access granted to vote count witnesses seems to be a trend all across South Carolina.
In addition, Florence County also reported some rather strange voting machine failure as well. Within the first hour of voting, some of the machines in the Florence 35 District began to experience technical failures, forcing the precinct to move to paper ballots. The technical failures were related to the PEB (Personal Electronic Ballot), an external memory device that activates the voting machine and summarizes data from the machine for tabulation at the end of the day.
Interestingly enough, in South Carolina, all election results are transmitted through a Spanish owned company, Scytl/SOE Software, before they are reported to the public. This company’s software has been implicated in voter fraud in the past when, in Broward County, Florida, a candidate who had been winning the election was entirely vaporized in mid-count.  Hillsborough County, Florida and Dallas County, Texas also had votes disappear as a result of the Scytl/SOE Software.
Of course, the software is not the only issue with South Carolina vote counting that could point to fraud. As Bev Harris, an elections and vote fraud expert, writes on her website,
Well, you have to put an asterisk alongside “the right results” because in South Carolina you get a two-fer. Results could be incorrect at either end of the pipeline - - from the ES&S iVotronic paperless touchscreen voting machines, which have a history of incorrect totals, or from the private results reporting firm Scytl/SOE Software, which has centralized control over what gets reported.   
She also writes “There is only one way to immediately find out whether Scytl/SOE reported the right results*, and that is for members of the public to capture evidence of reported precinct results when polls close tonight.” Essentially, Harris is echoing the sentiment of the source quoted earlier who stated that the system is not geared toward transparency in vote counting.
Neverthless, the ES&S iVotronic vote machines have had quite a history of fraud themselves, even being the subject of a special report by Dan Rather in 2001.
Yet, even putting aside the Scytl/SOE Software and ES&S voting machines, vote fraud would still be a major issue in South Carolina.
For instance, South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson recently sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice which was dated Thursday, January 19, 2012, and contained details of voter fraud in South Carolina. The analysis of the fraud was conducted by the Department of Motor Vehicles and was sent to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.
As reported by the Associated Press and FOX News, “In a letter dated Thursday, Wilson says the analysis found 953 ballots cast by voters listed as dead. In 71 percent of those cases, ballots were cast between two months and 76 months after the people died. That means they ‘voted’ up to 6 1/3 years after their death.”

Even on the day of the primary itself, fraud was documented by the State Attorney General’s office. It was reported by WTOC Channel  11 on January 21st 2012, that at least 953 votes had been cast by people who were listed as dead. SLED has been asked to investigate.
It is an unfortunate reality that election fraud has become commonplace in every state in the Union and South Carolina is no exception. Although, at this time, it is unknown to what extent fraud has been committed in South Carolina or which campaign was hurt the most, one thing is for sure – whenever there is vote fraud, the inevitable losers will always be the voters.

Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Mullins, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University where he earned the Pee Dee Electric Scholar’s Award as an undergraduate. He has had numerous articles published dealing with a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, and civil liberties. He also the author of Codex Alimentarius - The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies and Five Sense Solutions. Brandon Turbeville is available for podcast, radio, and TV interviews. Please contact us at


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H.C. said...

Excellent research!

Anonymous said...

US elections are a laughing matter,
for those of us that don't live there.


Is anything going to be done about this or is this just going to be swept under the carpet?

dogismyth said...

excellent reporting. I would dare to say...all for naught though.

The system cannot be trusted until its purged, and that's gonna take some work and time. We americans need to turn our backs to the system. Stop voting, stop participating in state and federal ceremonies, stop volunteering to pay taxes, stop supporting the mega corporations, stop banking at the big banks and so on. Our focus needs to be at the comuunity level and electing those that can bring real solutions.

Until the criminal regime in Washington is brought to justice, however long that takes, there is no path forward unfortunately. That is just my opinion. But they need to be treated just like us....within the Rule of Law...and that would be the positive laws.

Thank you Your reporting gets better and better as time goes on. We really must bring this education to the more illiterate and ignorant, and of course, the staunch stubborn supporters of the system.

Axel said...

USA is a third world country.

Lili said...

This is brilliant reporting. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton was pretty upset that Russian voting results appeared tainted and wasted no time telling world how corrupt Russia was. Why isn't she condeming the joke in America that is being passed off as "an honest and fair election".

Why would anyone want to participate in such an obviously corrupt voting process in America? After the S.C. and Iowa revelations, how can anyone believe their vote will actually make a difference?

Anonymous said...

"vote fraud" is nothing compared to Election Fraud" ,your article finished on the lesser of two evils . Election Fraud is what people should be investigating.


Vincent Nunes said...

Interested readers should check this out:

Brandon - excellent article.

Anonymous said...

Election fraud will not stop until it is investigated and people are charged with crimes. Election fraud is a serious crime with 20+ years prison time.

Most likely anyone charged with that type of crime will sing like a bird and implicate those above them that told them to do what they did.

Anonymous said...

What are WE gonna do about it? Well to start, go to open congress dot org and then sign a petition OR start one at Change. Org
It's a start. If we can get the help of those websites that protested SOPA THAT would help. Maybe that's another petition to try to get going. That SOPA protest got A TON of coverage. We need something to happen though. We need something that will make OWS look like a picnic. One clear defined goal. FAIR VOTES, FAIR ELECTIONS. Follow the rule of law if you expect the people to.

One of the Last True Patriots said...

Yes, this excellent article shows the fact of the matter in voting fraud! It is not in the voting that is in counting the votes where the American public get disenfranchised. When the tabulation of elections are private & secret how are they to expect us to believe the results! Trust is not easy when you have to wonder who these public servants in elections are really working for after hearing about widespread problems like those in Iowa, New Hampshire and now South Carolina. I hope that the Ron Paul campaign moves to contest this flawed vote counting process. Not sure if our vote really counts because of these reports anymore. Oh, Amerika used to be we are closer to how Russia is run politically!

Anonymous said...

For any of you US citizens that actually believe your vote "counts" (unless of course you vote for the "correct" candidate) well then... I just pity you. As for the Ron Paul supporters... Hey I love him too... but if you honestly believe for even half a second that they will ALLOW him to win the nomination... well then hate to burst your bubble. the poor guy has absolutely NO SHOT. Not even one in a million. Your president WILL be Obama, whether you vote for it, or not. Period.

citizen ron said...

blah blah blah, more election sewage.

elections = waste of time. you're getting all worked up over nothing. there's not a thing you can do to alter or change the system. it's irreparably damaged, irreversibly rigged. why don't you just quit giving it your attention? don't you get it yet? YOU CAN'T FIX IT and you're not going to get anyone punished for it. forget it. it's only here to absorb your time.


Anonymous said...

"Those that vote decide nothing. Those that count the vote decide everything"--Joseph Stalin

Anonymous said...

What gets me is that each one of these poll workers committing vote fraud regards the vote as just another sports game with their favorite team running. Enabling and perpetuating the status quo however, they are quite deliberately shooting themselves.

Anonymous said...

Brandon Awesome article! Hope Alex picks this up. Miss talking to you since I was sensored off fb. Renee MB

Anonymous said...

Citizen Ron wastes his time telling us to stop wasting our time.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they learnt from Zimbabwe....

Anonymous said...

Hey, that Stalin guy seems to get around a lot counting the ballots all over Amerika.

Anonymous said...

Law abiding, courageous people in SC must get to the bottom of this. Now we're finding out there were gross "irregularities" if not outright fraudulent voting practices in Iowa. If the already disenfranchised "voter" from wherever has no confidence in the integrity of the process, we're all in a "heap of trouble". These "irregularities" must be nipped in the bud before the process is completely "fouled" nationwide. This is how tyranny and totalitarianism operated. The illusion of fair play. Substantive observation, documented observation must translate to formal criminal complaint by courageous persons.

William Hamilton said...

Everyone in SC knows the machines may be compromised. However the Republicans win with them and the Democrats are afraid voter participation would collapse if the truth were known, so no one talks about it. In many smaller counties, they can't really operate the system properly and they're embarrassed. Machines have been used which had votes on them at the start of the day in the past. They're so short of machines, poll workers just ignored it.

KatS said...

This is the same type of fraud that goes on in the TX county where I live. The same handful of families have run the political machine for about a hundred years and they are not about to let anyone from "outside" win an election here. I am guessing they don't want anyone to open the huge can of worms that is misappropriation of county funds.

After some complaints by a few citizens a few years back poll watchers were sent down to ensure things were on the up and up. They came, they saw, the said they would file a report. The outcome? I don't know. I only know during the last election, a run off for county judge, the polling place was moved 20 miles south, on the day of the election.

Best democracy money can buy.

Krystal Ransome said...

As someone who has worked elections here in SC for four years now, I can say that sometimes people either tend to forget or simply not know that on the same night after elections the ballots are counted in private so that results can be reported to the media ASAP but that there is also a public certification hearing where ballots are counted before the public per the state constitution and any challenged ballots gets heard before a county's election commission board, usually done a day or two after the election.

Just something for everyone to think on...

Anonymous said...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's attorney general has notified the U.S. Justice Department of potential voter fraud.

Posted: Jan 22, 2012 2:26 AM BST Updated: Jan 23, 2012 12:48 PM BST

Attorney General Alan Wilson sent details of an analysis by the Department of Motor Vehicles to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

In a letter dated Thursday, Wilson says the analysis found 953 ballots cast by voters listed as dead. In 71 percent of those cases, ballots were cast between two months and 76 months after the people died. That means they "voted" up to 6 1/3 years after their death.

The letter doesn't say in which elections the ballots were cast.

The analysis came out of research for the state's new voter identification law. The U.S. Justice Department denied clearance of that law.

Wilson told Nettles he asked the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate.

stevor said...

Totally disgusting. I'm very seriously contemplating getting involved at the polling place. I hope others do, too.

Anonymous said...

Republican fraud gave us W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. Nothing surprises me anymore. It is obvious the powers that be are not going to allow Ron Paul his chance to gain delegates, muchless win the GOP nomination.

Bruce Hayden said...

Where's Jimmy Carter when ya need him? (Sarcasm)

Mauibrad said...

They stole it, man.

Anonymous said...

Voter Fraud will continue because the American People will do NOTHING abuot it.I mean Damn! they have personal stuff to worry about,who the hell cares about their country..not Americans that`s for sure.

Anonymous said...

Your comment will be visible after approval. HA HA How NAZI is that..who`s doing the approving?

Anonymous said...

The ghost of Joe Stalin is laughing hysterically.

Anonymous said...

sickening, however thanks for having the guts to write an article exposing the truth.

Anonymous said...

Think of the American establishment as a shepherd and a flock of sheep. Usually there are a few dogs to keep the sheep in line. Now think of the sheep voting to replace the shepherd. You know the system is not designed that way, that is why it doesn't work. If you want to know how it can be made to work, then think of the latest series of the movie "Planet of the Apes", and the character Cesar, and then you will know what needs to be done to get any semblance of justice. Until that happens we are just sheep for slaughter (war) or shearing (tax).

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

"The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything." Joseph Stalin.

Anonymous said...

The lottery system, like powerball and state lotteries can process millions of $1.00 tickets in seconds and never make a mistake. So obviously the technology is available to count every vote with complete accuracy if that is desired.
Everyone that registers to vote can be assigned a number that the computer would recognize.
Get Bill Gates or the like involved if needed.

Anonymous said...

If the Founders were here, they wouldn't be talking. They'd be loading their muskets. The time for talking is passed. The "system" cannot be fixed or changed. The moneychangers in the temple must be scourged. There is no other solution.

Anonymous said...

All of Washington DC has been reduced to political theater. The right V. left paradigm is soo tired. They are all coporatist, NWO- loving, swine. Now we can't even get a fair primary. They just have to have their NWO candidate. No Ron Paul's here folks. The only way to change the system now is to completely destroy it, and build it anew. Welcome to the New World Order my fellow servants.

GeorgeD said...

If over 900 dead people voted the election needs to be recalled and the delegates held back for SC.

Anonymous said...

Paul should ask for a recount in every county from now on.

sjsrana said...

Folks, SOLUTION IS IN OUR HANDS, if you pay heed....we can do it!

Kindly read,

Anonymous said...

This is a test.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Even if Americans want to vote for the guy who can fix their coutry - they can't

Anonymous said...

Looks like we are screwed no matter what we do. If you participate they will just lock you in a room and tell you that you are watching video of the count, which could actually be video of a make believe count that isn't even the real count at all. The military industrial complex and the fed reserve people will control everything no matter what we do. People seem to be unable to see the nonsense of worrying about Iran bomb when we have had Pakistan nuclear bombs since the 70s.

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