It is uncertain if these issues have been reported to authorities by those who observed them, though given the likelihood that if such widespread abuse took place yesterday, it had the blessing of the state’s Mormon-dominated political machine which in turn is directly linked to Utah’s legislative and legal authority, so it likely would do no good regardless.
The Trump campaign appears to have known it had little hope of winning the Utah caucus, though Mr. Cruz’s considerable showing over the 50% threshold might have raised some eyebrows.
Read one Utah voter’s troubling account of what took place during last night’s Utah caucus below:
The above photo, according to a post on the GodlikeProductions message board, is of a stack of caucus ballots given to that individual by the precinct chair. These ballots were given to everyone in the room – there was no check of voter ID or credentials, a most unusual situation to be sure:
“…We elected Precinct Officers, State Delegates, and County Delegates – the typical incompetence and ignorance of the rules you’d expect to see from volunteers, but all went somewhat smooth.
Then came the Presidential Ballot.
Someone shows up with a stack of probably 250 ballots. The precinct chair splits them up, and starts handing stacks of them out and tells people “take one and pass it down”.
No checking credentials, IDs, NOTHING.
I’m sitting at the end of a row and people start handing me stacks of extras. I literally had over 50 ballots in my hand.”
Now this kind of unsupervised ballot disbursement is a big no-no. Those who have experience helping with any kind of election know this to be true, and yet if the above description is accurate, it appears to have been the rule rather than the exception in Utah yesterday.
The observer’s concerns only get worse as the caucus “voting” continued:
“…I cast ONE vote, then stuck around to see what would happen with the votes.
About 15 minutes later, with only about 10 or so people milling around, someone walks in the room with an envelopes STUFFED full of “absentee” ballots – some envelopes having 2-5+ ballots.
I raised a question and said, “isn’t there an absentee process already in place? Didn’t people have to register for that last week?” and was told “Oh no, this is completely normal”.
As I’ve mentioned in other threads, I was in Party leadership for 6 years and no, this is absolutely not normal.
I then asked if I could observe the vote count, and I was told my observations where not needed and to leave the area while the ballots were being counted.
I left the room (things were already a complete Charlie Foxtrot at this point) and wandered over to my friends precinct caucus to see if it was just as much a cluster.
His caucus was just getting to the presidential ballot, and as I walked in the door I was handed ANOTHER BALLOT.
Again, no credential check, no ID check, NOTHING.
No, I didn’t vote again…
I went back to my precinct and they had the results:
Now just imagine this kind of outright incompetence/manipulation happening in 2000 precincts across the state.”
Was fraud necessary to secure what the GOP Establishment sorely wanted in Utah – namely a victory for Ted Cruz? That is difficult to say with certainty but again, if the above is in fact true, fraud is what took place. It is the greatest weakness of the caucus process itself, a low-turnout process which heavily favors the party machine over the actual votes of the people and is far more susceptible to fraud and one which Ted Cruz has used to amass the vast majority of his primary victories.
What is more known is that from here on out, the GOP primary battles will be just that – statewide primary elections, not party-establishment-dominated, low turnout, caucus contests. It should also be noted that Donald Trump extended his delegate lead over Ted Cruz last night due to his resounding victory over Cruz in the Arizona primary.
Those higher turnout primaries, which mirror what a General Election outcome could be, have so far overwhelmingly favored Donald Trump. It will be up to the Trump campaign to work to ensure that trend continues as they hope to amass the 1237 delegates needed to lock up the nomination.
The current delegate count following last night’s results between Republican candidates currently stands as follows:
Go to the full Utah voter experience thread: HERE
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