Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, a democrat, just up and declared Democrat Jared Golden the winner of the election in November 15, in spite of the fact that GOP Rep. Bruce Poliquin received over 2,600 votes more.
The reason for the snatch involves the implementation of “rank voting,” which is a system that pretty much allows whoever is in charge to declare whatever winner they want, despite the democratic process of most votes wins.
A 2016 referendum placed on the state ballot and was passed, “due to the financial support of liberal Texas billionaire John Arnold.
In Maine’s 2018 federal election, it was the first time in American history that candidates for federal office were selected using the “rank voting system.”
Since a Maine judge had earlier ruled that the “rank voting system” violated the state’s Constitution, state offices were selected by the traditional democratic method.
However, for federal office, the rank system was used…. And rank seems to describe it perfectly.
It stinks. Dunlap has said, ‘don’t call it fraud because you failed.’ To many people, it’s exactly fraud.
The system, as implemented by the Democrat Secretary of State, uses a proprietary computer algorithm provided to the state by an outside vendor.
The algorithm has never been inspected or examined. Dunlap won’t allow it.
“When Maine voters stepped into the voting booth on November they cast traditional ballots for state offices, but voted for their first, second, and third choices in the one federal race for the U.S. Senate the two federal races for the U.S. House of Representatives.”
Check out how stupid this is:
“In order to be declared the winner, a candidate for federal office had to receive 50 percent plus one of the first place votes cast for the office. If no candidate received more than 50 percent plus one of the vote, then the second choice votes and third choice votes cast by voters whose first choice votes were cast for the third place and fourth place finishers were then allocated to the top two candidates based on the proprietary computer algorithm of the outside vendor selected by the Democrat Secretary of State.”
One November 6, Republican Poliquin finished in first place, receiving 131,631 votes, or 46.41 percent of the 283,643 votes cast that day, according to election results.
Democrat Jared Golden finished in second place, receiving 128,999 votes, or 45.48 percent.
Because there were two independent candidates, no candidate in the race received the 50 percent plus one votes required to be declared the winner under the new “ranked voting” law.
So, Dunlap then used the outside vendor which deployed its “proprietary algorithm to allocate the combined 23,013 votes cast for third place finisher Bonds and fourth place finisher Hoard.”
Guess where those votes got “allocated.”
Yep, they gave the democrat the ‘lead.’
Poliquin’s general campaign consultant Brent Littlefield issued a statement earlier this week noting that “his win was clipped by a new ‘Rank Voting’ system employed for the first time in a U.S. Federal election giving losing candidate voters (in this case two liberal independents who finished 3rd and 4th on Election Day) a second or third choice and those additional votes allowed challenger Jared Golden (D) to go ahead. In any other state in America Bruce Poliquin would have been declared the winner of the election.”
On Wednesday, federal judge Lance Walker said he would decide the case soon.
James Gimpel, a professor of political science at the University of Maryland who studies voter behavior, testified Wednesday morning as an expert witness on behalf of Poliquin and his co-plaintiffs.
Gimpel criticized rank voting and suggested that some 8,000 voters were disenfranchised because they had no way of guessing who the final two candidates would be when they cast their ballots.
“A tremendous number of voters expressed confusion over the new process where they voted one type of ballot for state races and another type of ballot for federal races which resembled an excel spreadsheet where they could make a 2nd, 3rd, 4th or even a 5th choice, adding a write-in,” Littlefield added:
Not so surprising, Dunlap has refused to allow an inspection of the software or algorithm that transferred the votes to the democrat.
Democrats and their allies spent more than $20 million to defeat Poliquin, but it looks like they were hedging their bet with the rank voting system, because they’ve ripped democracy from the people, and placed their man in office despite the real voting counts.
The CD2 recount will begin this Thursday, Dec. 6 at 9 a.m. and is expected to take about 4 weeks. We will not conduct the recount the week of Dec. 24; it will resume Jan. 3, 2019.
— MaineSOS (@MESecOfState) December 3, 2018