A Politician’s Guide to Rigging… I mean, Winning Elections
21 Effective Ways to Dupe the People
So, you’ve decided to run for election. Congratulations! I admire your strong desire to tell other people how to live their lives. If anyone can do it, it’s certainly you! Before you officially get started, I have some good news and some bad news for you.
First the bad news:
In today’s fast-paced world, your opponents will be using dirty tricks to get themselves elected. Simply asking people to vote for you isn’t enough to win. But don’t worry, I’ve got your back.
Here’s the good news:
There are a ton of historically-proven methods one can use to rig, cheat, borrow, enhance, or downright steal an election; and I have listed them just for you! Whether you are running for local office, aiming at a congressional or senate seat, or shooting for the highest office in the land, with this guide at your disposal, you are almost guaranteed to win. That is, unless your opponent is planning on using method #20.
Just be cautious. Don’t lean too heavily on one method over another. Instead, do a little bit of a lot of things. Take it from the wise words of Craig C. Donsanto, head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Election Crimes Branch, Public Integrity Section (from 1970-2010) in a July 4,1989 Los Angeles Times article about electronic voting machines and vote fraud.
“If you did it right, no one would ever know.”
1. Challenge the Electoral College.
Effect Level: 2
An article in USA Today covers historical examples of US Presidents who were elected to office without the popular vote. “In 1824, John Quincy Adams was elected president despite not winning either the popular vote or the electoral vote. Andrew Jackson was the winner in both categories. Jackson received 38,000 more popular votes than Adams, and beat him in the electoral vote 99 to 84. Despite his victories, Jackson didn’t reach the majority 131 votes needed in the Electoral College to be declared president. In fact, neither candidate did. The decision went to the House of Representatives, which voted Adams into the White House.”
Do we even need to cover what happened between George W. Bush and Al Gore in the 2000 elections?
In the 2016 election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the upset was so severe for democrats that they immediately moved to attempt to delegitimize the electoral college voting system, saying that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and therefore should be the president of the United States.
The problem is, people have zero understanding of the purpose of the electoral college and the reasons for not holding a pure democratic vote; nor do they understand the inherent dangers of direct democracy.
That’s where you come in. This strategy takes advantage of people’s lack of understanding about the reasons they do not vote directly. Start by calling up your buddies in the news media (see: side strategy #2), and start spreading news stories to all of the low-information voters to get them furious and afraid. Tell them how unfair it is and how they need to insist on changing the entire system so that you can attain your rightful place.
Take this example from November 12, 2016, in which Sean Illing of Vox wrote The real reason we have an Electoral College: to protect slave states. Notice Sean’s beautiful use of sophistry as he spells out his non-argument against the electoral college. “The reasons for the Electoral College are unclear to most people. On the surface, it appears anti-democratic and needlessly complicated. What did the American founders have in mind when they erected this ostensible firewall against majority will?”
Or this example from November 10, 2016, by John Kass of the Chicago Tribune. John claims “Without Electoral College, we'd live in real-life 'Hunger Games.” In this piece, he spells out a world in which the fly-over states would turn into a desolate wasteland—somewhat akin to District 13 in the Hunger Games—if we didn’t have the electoral college to protect us.
Notice these two authors focused on fear-mongering; an excellent strategy when you don’t want your victims… I mean, readers thinking critically. One says you should be scared because we have the electoral college. The other says we should be scared if we didn’t have the electoral college. The strategy you use will depend on which political party you shill for.
2. Vote in Multiple Municipalities
Effect Level: 3
When simply redrawing district lines isn’t enough, you may have to encourage your constituents to vote in more than one county. These voters are often referred to as MM Voters (Multiple Municipality).
MM Voters are a precious resource, so treat them well. They are the most dedicated cheerleaders of your cause; the type of people who are willing to travel from county to county (and even state to state if needed) to help you achieve your ultimate goal.
Take Pasco Parker, for example.
This MM voter was so dedicated to getting a win for his candidate that ”prosecutors say the 63-year-old Tennessee man voted in the 2012 presidential election, not once ... not twice ... but three times, in three different states.” That’s incredible!
3. Redraw District Lines
Effect Level: 3
Remember when our forefathers said everyone gets an equal vote to elect their representatives, UNLESS you are in the wrong side of an imaginary line placed down by those representatives and their lawyers?
Yeah, me either.
Well, that’s the whole idea behind—WARNING! Vocabulary term incoming!—Gerrymandering (also known as redistricting).
“Gerrymandering occurs when voting districts are redrawn to benefit one party over another in elections, forcing the other side to “waste” votes. For example, someone drawing district lines might cluster opposition party voters together in one district in order to concentrate their votes so that they influence only a few seats. Or it could mean grouping those opposition voters into districts where the other party has a lock on power—making it very difficult for the opposing party to win elections there.”
The game works like this. In order to get elected you don’t just need to get votes. You need to get the right votes. The best way to do this is to divide people (quite literally) into categories that are more likely to vote for you. Who cares about the idea of one vote per person? Simply draw seemingly ridiculous invisible lines all over your congressional map and let the fun begin!
To get started, you can just trace these:
If you can successfully redraw these lines, you can outsmart those pesky voters who want to vote for your opponent. Your seat is protected and everyone wins!
Well, the voters lose, but all that really matters is that you won. Congratulations!
4. Hack the Voting Machines
Effect Level: 4
In the following clip (1:56) Rachel Tobac shows us how easy it is to gain admin access to the voting machines in under two minutes with no tools.
Sometimes, you don’t even have to “hack” into these machines, per se. All you have to do is put complete idiots in charge of running the machines.
Like that time when the Virginian voting machines had “admin” as the password. "The vulnerabilities were so severe, and so trivial to exploit, that anyone with even a modicum of training could have succeeded. A hacker wouldn’t have needed to be in the polling place—he could have been within a few hundred feet (say, in the parking lot) or within a half-mile if he used a rudimentary antenna built using a Pringles can."
Notice how easy these machines are to hack. People were even able to train a chimp to alter voting records. “Black Box Voting founder, Bev Harris, said the demonstration shows that the system — which will be used in more than 30 states, including Maryland — is dangerously inadequate when it comes to stopping election fraud.”
In my interview with Bev Harris, she pointed out that these machines have since improved in many cases, but the battleground has now moved to the arena of maintaining the records for the federally required 22 months [see: Side Strategy #1]
See also: Hanging Chad and Pregnant Chad
5. Own the Voting Machines
Effect Level: 5
But why wait to hack the voting machines after they are out in circulation when you can simply own and manufacture them yourself (or at the very least, have the owners as friends).
Lynn Landes, The Landes Report, has been studying this for over a decade. In her incredibly detailed and researched article on voting security, she explains, “There is no "voting security" in the U.S. Over 80% of elections are counted by ES&S, whose owner(s) and/or technical staff could easily rig them and no one would ever know. At the highest levels, both political parties, the U.S. Government, and major news media are well aware of this situation because they are complicit in it.”
She goes on, pointing out that “only a few companies dominate the market for computer voting machines. Alarmingly, under U.S. federal law, no background checks are required on these companies or their employees. Felons and foreigners can, and do, own computer voting machine companies. Voting machine companies demand that clients sign 'proprietary' contracts to protect their trade secrets, which prohibits a thorough inspection of voting machines by outsiders. And, unbelievably, it appears that most election officials don't require paper ballots to back up or audit electronic election results. So far, lawsuits to allow complete access to inspect voting machines, or to require paper ballots so that recounts are possible...have failed.”
For more information on this, check out my podcast with Lynn Landes and Bev Harris [audio below].
6. Short-circuit People’s Reward Systems
Effect Level: 5
There’s no better way to manipulate the vote than to lie!
That’s right! Tell people what they want to hear. Tell them that you will give them “free stuff.” Tell them that you will make all their worries go away. Make promises that you know damn well you have no intention to keep.
“Don’t worry,” you’ll say, “the government will make everything all better.”
We’ve all heard the too-good-to-be-true campaign promises:
Barack H. Obama:
You can keep your doctor
Transparency and whistle blowers
Make college affordable for all americans
Donald J. Trump:
Stop the AT&T/Time Warner merger
Declare China a currency manipulator
Cut the number of tax brackets
George W. Bush
Attack pork-barrel spending
Pay down the National Debt to historic low levels
Avoid messy quagmires in countries of marginal strategic importance
You get the picture.
But despite being constantly lied to by their soon-to-be leaders, people still seem to take the bait. I know it doesn’t make any sense, but that’s the reality of it. People are easily swayed by free stuff and false promises. Use that to your advantage and get those shee... I mean people to vote for you!
7. Shut Down Dissenting Opinions
Effect Level: 3
Trying to shut down dissenting opinions in order to win elections is as old as elections themselves. In today’s high-tech environment, you have to coordinate with your social media cabal and shut down dissenting opinions, using tactics from shadowbanning to outright cancelling of whole profiles/channels.
For example, as the 2018 US midterm elections approached, Alex Jones, a major voice in the political milieu with millions of followers, was silenced by nearly every major social media network within the space of a few days. Mr. Jones was banned from FB, YT, Spotify, iTunes, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Stitcher, YouPorn, MailChimp, Vimeo and eventually, a permanent ban from Twitter. [Update: PayPal too]
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey later admitted before Congress to shadowbanning conservative voices, but the damage was already done.
This passage by George Orwell from his dystopian novel, 1984, sums it up nicely. Use this as a template for shutting down voices and opinions that run counter to yours.
“As usual, the face of Emmanuel Goldstein [spelled “Alex Jones”], the Enemy of the People, had flashed onto the screen. There were hisses here and there among the audience. Goldstein [Jones] was the renegade and backslider who once had been one of the leading figures of the Party, almost on a level with Big Brother himself, and then had engaged in counter-revolutionary activities, has been condemned to death, and had mysteriously escaped and disappeared. All subsequent crimes against the Party, all treacheries, acts of sabotage, heresies, deviations, sprange directly out of his teaching. Somewhere or other he was still alive and hatching his conspiracies.”
If you need more examples, you can see Stefan Molyneux’s coverage of the leaked Google tape.
8. Intimidate people at the polls
Effect Level: 2
One of the classics!
This one is pretty straightforward. You convince people that they have a right and a duty to vote, plead with them to make it to the polls, and then hire a gang of thugs to stand outside the voting locations to intimidate people. This allows you to control the vote simply by choosing the gang of thugs that is most likely to scare away the people you don’t want in office.
Black Panther Intimidation case: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Black_Panther_Party_voter_intimidation_case
More on the black panther intimidation case:
You can even take it one step further and threaten the people who you want to vote by threatening to expose them for not voting. https://nypost.com/2014/10/30/democrats-threaten-voters-to-get-to-the-polls/
Lucky for you, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) offers a handy step-by-step how-to guide to intimidate voters at the voting stations:
Aggressively question voters about their citizenship, criminal record, or other qualifications to vote , in a manner intended to interfere with the voters’ rights;
Falsely represent oneself as an elections official;
Spread false information about voter requirements, such as an ability to speak English, or the need to present certain types of photo identification (in states with no such requirement);
Display false or misleading signs about voter fraud and the criminal penalties related thereto; and
Other forms of harassment, particularly harassment targeted towards non-English speakers and voters of color.
9. Pretend You’ve Already Won
Effect Level: 1
This method is kind of a mixed bag. The idea is to pretend that the opinion polls are so heavily leaning toward one candidate over another that opposition voters are disheartened and don’t bother heading to the polls. According to the Pew Research Center, “Relying largely on opinion polls, election forecasters put Clinton’s chance of winning at anywhere from 70% to as high as 99%”
Donald Trump was already hip to this strategy, countering with this advice to Florida voters: “The polls are all saying we're going to win Florida. Don't believe it. Don't believe it. Get out there and vote. Pretend we're slightly behind.”
This maneuver is risky because if you overplay your hand, it might have the opposite effect. People who are desperate for their candidate to win might now be driven to the polls, attempting to move the vote in their favor. Realistically, this strategy is not a very good way to swing an election in your favor; although it might make you feel better about yourself in the moment.
10. Have Weak Security on Election Websites
Effect Level: 1
If hacking into the machines or even owning the voting machine companies proves too difficult, why not just hack into the election results website for your state and change the results yourself.
At the 2018 DefCon hacking conference in Las Vegas, an 11-year-old successfully hacked into a replica of the website used by the Florida Secretary of State to report election results and changed them.
It took the young hacker only 10 minutes to break in and gain access! At that rate, you could have a small army of sixth-graders hack all fifty states in a matter of minutes!
Sarah Revell, a spokesperson for Florida’s Department of State, noted that changing the winner on the website wouldn't affect real vote tallies. "The election-night reporting website is only used to publish preliminary, unofficial results for the public and the media," she says. "The sites are not connected to vote-counting equipment and could never change actual election results.” [source]
Just imagine the discord you could sew into the voting population when they hear that one candidate won, but the official results website clearly stated that the other had won. Oh, the beautiful riots that would ensue as voters bickered over who was reporting real news and who was reporting #FakeNews.
11. Use Hysteria to Manipulate
Effect Level: 4
Put your population in a state of hysteria with over-exaggerated facts so they will vote emotionally for the guy/girl who promises to put an end to the aforementioned hysteria. Below are a few examples to get your creative juices flowing:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declared President Trump’s tax cuts as “Armageddon.”
When the Senate GOP was discussing President Trump’s health care bill, Democrats responded by saying, “Hundreds of thousands of people will die.”
Keith Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee said, “Women are dying because we are losing elections… we don’t have the right to lose a damn election. We have to win.”
Trump is literally Hitler!
Hillary is going to start WWIII!
Evil racist Nazi’s are EVERYWHERE!
Gangs, thugs, drugs, pedophiles, Satan worshippers are EVERYWHERE!
Neil Boortz on the Kavanaugh hearing: Women will DIE!!!
You get the picture.
In order for this to work, you have to instill fear into the population, even to the point of publishing a book literally named “Fear: Trump in the White House” before an important midterm election.
12. Use Archaic Voting-Day Rules
Effect Level: 3
There isn’t a more effective way to keep people from voting than to make voting day on a weekday; a day when the more productive members of society are at work; a day when people who are dependent on “free stuff” from the government are more likely to be available.
According to the Pew Research Center, voters would turn out in greater numbers if the vote was held on a weekend. “The United States trails most developed countries in voter participation, according to the Pew Research Center, and many countries that vote on weekends see voters casting ballots in greater number.”
Michael Levinson of the Boston Globe gives more detail on these archaic rules: “Congress has never shown much interest in abandoning the country’s long tradition of Tuesday voting, which has been enshrined in federal law since 1845. Back then, Tuesdays were thought to be convenient because voting on Monday would have required Americans to begin trekking to polling places on Sunday, the Sabbath. And Wednesday was ruled out because it was market day for farmers.”
So, keep this rule in place, and you will have another opportunity to tip the scales in your favor.
13. Have Vote. Rinse. Repeat.
Effect Level: 5
Let’s face it. Sometimes people just get it wrong.
So, the best way to fix people’s ignorance is to make them vote for something over, and over, and over again until they get it right.
Remember when President Nicolas Sarkozy (France) angered politicians in Ireland by declaring that the country will have to hold a second referendum on the Lisbon treaty; suggesting the EU should force Ireland to re-run its referendum? If only those dumb Irish politicians hadn’t given their people the opportunity to decide for themselves what they wanted to do. Why can’t they be like all the other 26 European Union countries and just force their will upon the people, right?
It’s just so much more fun to grind down people’s aspirations for freedom.
Denmark rejected Maastricht Treaty in 1992 but was made to vote again. Ireland rejected the Nice Treaty in 2001, but, like Denmark, was forced to vote again. Both France and Holland rejected the EU Constitution in 2005. That was replaced by the almost identical Lisbon Treaty in 2008. Next stop, Brexit.
14. Russian Bot Farms
Effect Level: 1
If you want to have the MOST impact on an election (and therefore the best chance of getting into office), hire a Russian bot farm. According to many sources, these bot farms are so effective that millions of unsuspecting Americans elected to vote for Donald Trump in the 2016 election because of the overwhelming influence by these fake Twitter/Facebook bots.
Special counsel Robert Mueller, the former director of the FBI, heading the investigation into Russian collusion was so worried about these bot farms that he proceeded to indict 13 individuals from Russia; knowing damn well they would never agree to come to the US to be put on trial. Let’s be real. Those 13 Russians are likely laughing their asses off as they read the “official documents” detailing their crimes; after they were translated into Russian, of course.
In all seriousness, if you have a population that is so dumb and uninformed that a bit of exposure to a fake Russian troll account is all it takes to sway their vote, do you really need to be letting those people even have a vote? Seems mighty irresponsible to me; kind of like giving a three year old a fillet knife and asking him to run laps.
15. Wake the Dead
Effect Level: 2
Dear candidate, sometimes there just aren’t enough healthy, breathing voters to support you.
That’s why, for the low low price of what’s left of your dignity and a possible vacation in hell, you can now tap into the undead population to inflate your numbers!
Dear candidate, sometimes there just aren’t enough healthy, breathing voters to support you.
That’s why, for the low low price of what’s left of your dignity and a possible vacation in hell, you can now tap into the undead population to inflate your numbers! (click-to-tweet)
For example, when you have an election as close as the Special Election held in August of 2018 for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District, you can use all the deceased voters you can get.
This problem isn’t isolated in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District either. According to the Pew Center on the States:
Approximately 24 million—one of every eight—voter registrations in the United States are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate.
More than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters.
Approximately 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state.
That doesn’t mean that every single one of these would-be voters are actually voting. Even a large portion of dead voters can’t seem to pull themselves off the couch to make the trek to the voting booth, but there certainly is the potential.
Having dead voters on the roles doesn’t mean that every single one of these would-be voters are actually voting. Even a large portion of dead voters can’t seem to pull themselves off the couch to make the trek to the voting booth (click to tweet this)
16. Shut out Debate Competition
Effect Level: 4
One of the greatest features of an election is that the people get a fair and equal opportunity to vote for their candidate of choice. Another great feature is that the candidates get a fair and equal opportunity to run for office too, right?
Well, not so much.
In the United States, for example, the two major parties (Republican and Democrat) use outdated laws to make sure voters only have two choices — and not particularly good choices at that.
The reason for this is due to a little thing called the Commission on Presidential Debates. “In 2000, the CPD established a rule that for a candidate to be included in the national debates he or she must garner at least 15% support across five national polls. This rule has been controversial as it has effectively excluded U.S. parties other than the two major parties.”
And that’s the goal.
This creates an environment in which people only see two candidates up on the stage on television during the debate. In the average voters’ mind, there are only two choices; and to vote for a third choice (Libertarian, Green, etc.) is just letting the enemy win, so who would do that!?
If you want a piece of the pie, you have a few choices.
1. Join the Republican Party
2. Join the Democratic Party
3. Get massive amounts of private contributions from foundations and corporations and approach the two major parties and attempt to strike up a deal to get them to let you into their club. You’re going to need a lot of money. You’re going to need a lot of influence. You’re going to need a lot of power.
17. Your Opponent is a Racist
Effect Level: 5
There are many amazing things you can do to influence an election by first accusing your opponent of being a racist. One is to accuse your opponent of being a racist for requiring voter ID.
If you are a democrat, you REALLY want to pay attention to this one.
There is an amazing quality of most people that is easy to manipulate. They really really don’t want to be called a racist, and they’ll do anything to make the guilt go away. Now, this strategy is a bit more nuanced, but incredibly effective if executed correctly.
End goal: Get the vote of the undocumented illegal aliens and anyone else not eligible to vote.
Step 1: Accuse your opponent of being a racist for requiring voter ID. This step is a lot of fun because you get to accuse the other guy of being a racist while at the same time you get to actually BE a racist by suggesting that minorities are too dumb to figure out how to register. It’s brilliant!
Step 2: Once voter registration is no longer required, you announce to the undocumented population—who are most likely to vote democrat on account of the possibility of “free stuff”—that they’re free to vote, unharassed. NOTE: Only make this announcement through back channels and word-of-mouth. Announcing this kind of thing on mainstream media would be political suicide.
18. Make the Lines REAAAAAAALLY Long
Effect Level: 3
In some elections, there is a common belief that every vote counts. For example, in India, a man by the name of Mahant Bharatdas Darshandas, a temple priest, has his vote counted every election by a team of election officials who travel over 35 km to collect his ballot. “According to the election commission, no citizen should ‘ordinarily travel more than two km to reach the booth.’” Sounds fair, right?
However, if you want the opportunity to influence and manipulate the election in your favor, you definitely don’t want to encourage that kind of policy.
Instead, the move is simple. Make sure people do not have enough time to vote in areas where the opposition is likely to win. There are a number of ways you can achieve this. Take these two examples just from the Phoenix AZ locations:
1. Don’t open enough locations: This first strategy is a gift that keeps on giving. Make sure there are not enough polling locations to service the population of the area. Result: super long lines which lead to wait times that are so long that people give up trying.
“Maricopa County shifted to 60 polling places—down from the 200-plus in use during the 2012 presidential primary—to save money and to reflect the reduced demand for in-person voting as the number of voters who mail in their ballots continues to rise. In 2008, there were 400 polling places.”
2. Close locations early or open too late: In August (2018), voters ran into problems with several locations opening hours behind schedule, due to voting machines not getting set up on time. According to the Phoenix AP, “The office of Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, said 62 polling places didn’t open on time but all were operating by 11:30 a.m. The county has about 750 locations.” (Remember the wise words of Mr. Donsanto?)
19. October surprises!
Effect Level: 2
“October Surprise” is American election jargon due to the fact that major elections are officially held in early November, so you need to spring a surprise trap on your opponent in late October.
The strategy is simple.
Right before an election, release information about your opponent that’s likely to make people not vote for him or her. It doesn’t particularly matter if it’s true or not. It just has to be believable enough to convince voters that you’re opponent is Satan, and you are the obvious choice.
What you don’t want to do is expose the information too early because people might forget about it by election time and your opponent will have time to produce a counter campaign. You also don’t want to release it too late because people will have already locked in their decision and will easily recognize your strategy as a petty last-ditch attempt to secure the vote.
Yes! The infamous “October Surprise!”
It doesn’t matter if you knew this information months beforehand. You need to use it for your own personal gains, right? Who cares if the public had a right to know what you knew when you learned it.
Some pre-made templates for you to use (From wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_surprise):
1 1964 Goldwater vs. Johnson
2 1968 Humphrey vs. Nixon
3 1972 McGovern vs. Nixon
4 1980 Carter vs. Reagan
5 1992 Bush vs. Clinton
6 2000 Gore vs. Bush
7 2003 California governor recall election
8 2004 Kerry vs. Bush
9 2006 midterm elections
10 2008 McCain vs. Obama
11 2012 Romney vs. Obama
12 2016 Clinton vs. Trump
20. Assassinate (Allegedly) Those Who Try to Expose Your Corruption
Effect Level: 4
I’ll just drop this link right here—basically a how-to guide—and move on.
His name was #SethRich.
21. Give People who Shouldn’t Vote the Ability to Vote
Effect Level: 3
If you have any hope of winning a close race, you’re going to need to enlist every single registered voter you can get—as well as some unregistered ones.
Illegal immigrants: This strategy requires a bit of pre-game setup in order to work properly. (See: #17 and Side Strategy #2) Illegal aliens (often referred to as “undocumented” or “refugees”) are not technically allowed to vote, however, only two states actually require proof of citizenship in order to register (Arizona and Kansas). Use that to your advantage.
Welfare recipients: There’s a clear conflict of interest here that must be exploited if you want to win. These voters are vital to your success if you are able to offer them more “free stuff” than your opponent. This strategy pairs well with #6 and #17. Tell them all about how you’re going to pay for their “free stuff” by taxing those evil greedy rich people. That will get them on your side in two shakes of an EBT card.
Stop the insanity by suspending the right to vote of any American who is on welfare. Once they get off welfare and are self-sustaining, they get their right to vote restored. No American on welfare should have the right to vote for tax increases on those Americans who are working and paying taxes to support them. That’s insane. -Ted Nugent
I mean, he does make a good point, but that’s just the crazy ramblings of ol’ Ted Nugent. Nobody really pays any attention to him on voter laws and policies anyway. As long as he doesn’t get his way, you’re good to go.
All you need now is an efficient method for printing off fake birth certificates, driver's licenses, and social security cards. #DarkWeb
SIDE STRATEGY 1: Control Law Enforcement and Government Agencies
As you’re putting together your strategy for a fair election (wink, wink), make sure you protect your flank by gaining control of law enforcement and government agencies. There are many great men and women ahead of you who have laid out the groundwork for how this is to be done.
For example, you can weaponize the IRS, having them target organizations requesting tax exempt status based on “guilt by association” and “party affiliation.”
Remember our friends, The Black Panthers (#8)? As it turns out, Judicial Watch investigated, and after suing the DOJ, obtained explosive documents that show Obama political appointees were intimately involved in the decision to dismiss the voter intimidation case against the Black Panthers.
The possibilities are endless!
Having control over the law enforcement agencies in charge of investigating election violations is the best way to take some of the pressure off. This will leave you free to use all of the other tactics I’ve outlined for you without worry of getting caught, prosecuted, fined, or jailed.
SIDE STRATEGY 2: Own the Media
Owning the media is a time-tested bulwark against voters ever finding out what you are up to. With media companies under your thumb, you can take some incredibly risky chances with your election campaign and never worry for a moment if your activities will get reported in the news.
“Five giant corporations [Time Warner, Disney, Murdochs’ News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom] control 90 percent of US mass media. And direct links connect all five of these media conglomerates to the political establishment and the economic and political power-elites of the United States.” [source]
Their umbrella of control spans most of the newspapers, magazines, books, radio and TV stations, movie studios, and much of the web news content of the United States. These conglomerates are in large measure responsible for inculcating the social, political, economic, and moral values of both adults and children in the United States.
In 2013, Richard Grenell, a political consultant who, in an appearance on Fox News, noted that top networks ABC, CBS, and CNN have intimate family ties to the Administration. “CBS News President David Rhodes and ABC News President Ben Sherwood, both of them have siblings that not only work at the White House, that not only work for President Obama, but they work at the NSC on foreign policy issues directly related to Benghazi.”
Control over the media is the superpower of superpowers; like an impenetrable invisibility shield to protect you from suffering the consequences of your actions. Enjoy!
There are some solutions designed to close the gaps on election meddling and voter fraud. As a politician, you definitely don't want these solutions implemented. So be sure to fight with every fiber of your being to prevent these solutions from being implemented.
Electronic Voting with Voter verified paper backup
One potential solution to prevent voter fraud is by implementing Voter Verified Paper Backup. This method combines the convenience of electronic vote recording and collecting with a verifiable paper trail. This ensures that election officials will have something they can use to confirm whether or not the electronic tallies produced by the voting system accurately reflected the intention of the voters
This also makes it so that elections can be independently verified and audit-able by anyone who is interested in double-checking the official results.
Paper Ballot (No electronic voting machines)
I think Lynn Landes says it best here: “At the very least, election counting should be local and consist of only paper ballots and hand counts at the local polling precincts on election day - no machines, no computers, no absentee, and no emails.”
Again, this makes it so that people can independently verify the results.
A relatively new possible solution to enter the arena is blockchain technology. It’s a technology that can help lower uncertainties about the identity of the voters and the accuracy of their selections.
According to Tech Radar, “The application of blockchain technology could eliminate voter fraud, providing a clear record of the votes cast, and preventing any chance of a rigged election. Furthermore, this could all be done on a mobile platform, allowing busy individuals the opportunity to cast their vote without going to a polling station.”
If you understand how blockchain works, votes become immutable after they’re recorded on the blockchain ledger. Unlike penetrable electronic voting systems currently in use, hacking the election results are about as close to impossible as you can get; and about as likely as Bernie Sanders having a fair shot in the 2016 democratic primaries.
Dear reader, let’s set aside the satirical tongue-in-cheek tone and tenor of this tutorial and get real for a minute.
I want to talk directly to you, the potential (hopefully legal) voter.
The person who is going to have to deal with the consequences of the policy decisions made by the politician you and your fellow voters supposedly choose to be there.
Free and fair elections are one of the pillars of healthy democracies; and by my estimation, “healthy” isn’t the word to describe ours. A more accurate description would be that voting is the illusion of choice.
Previously, I offered a few potential solutions to solve some of these major insults to our democracy, but there’s a major roadblock in the way of implementing those solutions. The very lawmakers you need to change the laws and methods around voting are the very same people who greatly benefit from keeping this convoluted unsecured system in its current state.
The very lawmakers you need to change the laws and methods around voting are the very same people who greatly benefit from keeping this convoluted unsecured system in its current state - @unframeofmind (click-to-tweet)
Which brings me to the reason I felt compelled to compile a list of grievances in regards to the voting system. There is this myth that runs rampant in the minds of loyal patriotic voters. The myth goes something like this:
“If you don’t vote, you can’t complain!”
People get really passionate about this; proclaiming it’s your duty to vote—it’s your responsibility! People have actually stopped talking to me because of my stance against this very idea.
With the constant firehose of election fraud stories, meddling, manipulation, cheating, and predictably corrupt politicians, what is the fundamental difference between your vote not counting and not voting at all?
Is it really true that you can’t complain if you don’t vote?
Most likely not.
I don’t have anything against voting in principle as long as it’s voluntary and non-coercive; as long as it doesn’t go against core values like the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP).
Your friend comes to you to ask your opinion about whether or not he/she should get married to the person they’re dating. You tell them you have no thoughts or opinions on the matter. They get married. Six months later, they’re not doing so well and you start trying to inject your opinions about how they can fix their broken relationship. Your friend says, “Hey man, you had no opinions about our relationship when I asked you before, you don’t get to complain now.”
In this scenario, I totally understand the idea behind the “no vote, no complain” myth.
Let’s change it up a bit.
The scenario is the same: Friend asks opinion, you have none. They get married and start having troubles. You start complaining about how things are going. The only difference is that you live with them with no option to leave, and the choices they make directly impact your life.
In this case, do you have a right to complain?
If this scenario sounds strange, imagine that you are a child of a divorced parent entering a new relationship. Not so crazy is it?
Here’s my point. If you don’t vote, you can complain. In fact, you have an absolute right to complain because your life is still directly impacted by the policies of the elected; with ZERO option to opt-out.
If you don’t vote, you can complain. In fact, you have an absolute right to complain because your life is still directly impacted by the policies of the elected; with ZERO option to opt-out - @unframeofmind (click-to-tweet)
I appreciate you taking the time to read “A Politician’s Guide to Rigging... I mean, Winning an Election.” If I am missing anything, please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add it and give credit where credit is due.