“What’s important to me is that this sort of thing not occur in the future. This happened with impunity because no one thought that they would ever get caught, and in fact it was likely that no one would ever catch them because no structural safeguard existed to ensure that this wouldn’t occur.” — Ryan Nees
“Election fraud is particularly troublesome, because it undermines the integrity of our voting process and basically of our democracy. Maintaining the integrity of elections in the United States is an important thing.” — Ryan Nees
Ryan Nees is credited with uncovering election fraud in the 2008 Indiana Democratic Party Primary Election. Nees is an Obama supporter, White House Intern and Junior at Yale University. As an intern at Howey Politics Indiana, a non-partisan political newsletter, Nees investigated the 2008 petitions and found “reams of signatures that he says appeared to be written in the same handwriting.” He discovered more than 150 signatures that appear to have been faked on petitions that allowed candidates Obama and Clinton to appear on primary ballots in Indiana – so many questionable signatures that Obama’s eligibility is being questioned.
This is not the first time we have heard allegations of fraud concerning the 2008 Democratic Caucuses or Primaries. The “We Will Not Be Silenced” video documentary explores hundreds of allegations of wide-spread fraud, strong-arm tactics, illegal voters and outright intimidation; all aimed at the Obama Campaign. This documentary was produced and directed by Democrats and is not new, but it is worth watching. An ominous post credit script simply reads – “To Be Continued in 2012.”
Ryan Nees’ investigation into the faked petition signatures in Indiana is to be commended and his courage to stand-up for election integrity is to be admired. His quote, “This happened with impunity because no one thought that they would ever get caught, and in fact it was likely that no one would ever catch them because no structural safeguard existed to ensure that this wouldn’t occur,” resonates in North Carolina because we also have no structural safeguards to guard against systematic and organized voter fraud.