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And the Leader of the Free World Is

BARACK OBAMA , whose advantage is largely based on his overwhelming success with African Americans (winning them 90%-3%)  Latinos (68%-27%) and 18 to 34 year olds (59%-38%). And speaking of overwhelming , the desire for CHANGE by the Middle Class in America.

Electoral Fraud is illegal interference with the process of an election – affecting vote counts to bring about a desired election outcome , whether by increasing the vote share of the favored candidate , decreasing the vote share of the rival candidate , or both.

Voter intimidation and coercion

  • Intimidation of voters that prevents them from voting , such as by Voter Suppression.
  • Disrupting voting in polling stations in areas with unwanted political tendencies with bomb threats to or other sabotage including ballots , ballot boxes or voting machines.
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     Physical tampering

    • Ballot stuffing , also called “ghost voting.”
    • Theft or destruction of ballot boxes.
    • Destroying election material in order to annul results for individual polling stations or even whole constituencies.

     Physical tampering with voting machines

    • Change the software of a voting machine to shift votes between candidates. 
    • Altering or replacing the hardware of the voting machine such as inserting a circuit board using a Man In The Middle Attack technique to manipulate recorded votes. 
    • Altering voting machines to favor one candidate over another, for example by jamming a button or changing the sensitive area of a TouchScreen.
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    • Inflation or deflation of voters lists

    • Registering false voters such as the deceased or even fictitious persons

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    • During tabulation in the polling place
    • Bribery , corruption or threatening of election officials.
    • Destroying all ballots if the balance was not as desired.
    • Tampering with tabulation software 
    • Marking more candidates than allowed.
    • Counting electronic ballots of voting machines [memory cards] more than once if they contain votes as wanted by the fraudster. Or to let them disappear in case of unwanted votes – stealing a whole ballot box.
    • Obstructing vote counting.
    • Double marking. A corrupt election official covertrly marks an unvoted box in an area where the maximum number of votes has already been cast. Since this ballot is then considered overvoted , it is discarded , throwing out the voter’s vote.

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