Carter Center Calls POTUS Election Rigging Claims “Unfounded and Irresponsible”; Jimmy Carter Slams Candidates Who Tout Said Nonsense

The Carter Center, probably the world’s leading experts on fraudulent elections, hopes to tamp down some of the paranoia being inflamed by certain candidates about the integrity of U.S. elections this November.

Without naming any specific candidates, the Carter Center issued a multi-point rebuttal for why there is no reason to believe the POTUS elections will be manipulated. Instead, the NGO said con artists feeding their ego while masquerading as presidential candidates and peddling paranoid crap about voter fraud are committing an “irresponsible” act.

President Jimmy Carter said in the statement:

“The Carter Center has observed more than 100 elections around the world, some of them quite problematic. However, allegations of potential rigging of U.S. elections, as well as of widespread voter fraud, are baseless, serving only to undermine confidence in our democratic processes and inflame tensions.”

Noting that there will almost assuredly be “isolated administrative incidents”, the Carter Center also said a few hiccups does not a fraudulent election make.

On a totally unrelated note: Trump, who claims to be a tough-minded whatever-he-is, has a long history of crying about “rigged” competitions against him. Truly the whole world doesn’t like his petulant self. What a pity.

You can read the entire statement below.

But for all of you being played by an oleaginous huckster this election season, just remember: all of this is what they want you to believe.

 

Carter Center Statement on the Integrity of U.S. Elections

For Immediate Release
Contact: [email protected]

ATLANTA – Recent claims about rigging of U.S. elections are unfounded and irresponsible.  Based on our knowledge of the electoral system in the United States and of the many independent analyses of U.S. polling processes, The Carter Center has great confidence in the overall administrative integrity of U.S. elections. Checks and balances within our electoral system exist to protect it against manipulation.  These include processes and checks before and after election day to ensure the integrity of the election process, such as pre-election testing of voting technology and postelection audits that take place in some states; the widespread presence of agents from both parties in polling stations; and the broad access to election results given to the media and the public, enabling transparent reviews of the election results. The American electoral process also benefits from the hard work and dedication of hundreds of thousands of poll workers and election officials, who represent both parties and ensure the integrity of the voting and counting process.

“The Carter Center has observed more than 100 elections around the world, some of them quite problematic,” said former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.  “However, allegations of potential rigging of U.S. elections, as well as of widespread voter fraud, are baseless, serving only to undermine confidence in our democratic processes and inflame tensions.”

The Carter Center notes that no election is perfect and that there will be isolated administrative incidents in U.S. elections as in every election conducted around the world.  However, these incidents should not call into question the integrity of the entire election.  While The Carter Center is not observing elections in the United States, a number of reputable nonpartisan organizations are observing and will issue public reports of their findings after the election.

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Mike Hassinger
Mike Hassinger

Perhaps Mr. Carter can address this one: “A short History of white people stealing elections,” by the liberals at VOX. http://www.vox.com/2016/10/19/13305260/rigged-election-history-racism Or this one: “Helping steal the 2004 election wasn’t enough. Down by double digits and facing a career-ending election, Ken Blackwell accuses Ted Strickland of being pro-pedophile, possibly gay.” By the liberal Josh Marshall https://web.archive.org/web/20061107202635/http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/010430.php Or this one: “Kerry Told Me He Now Thinks the Election Was Stolen” by the liberal Mark Crispin. http://www.democracynow.org/2005/11/4/mark_crispin_miller_kerry_told_me And who’s making all the insinuations about “Russian meddling?” Your team. I suppose that’s all just “con artists feeding their ego while masquerading as presidential… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

I will probably have to stand in for President Carter: 1. Racism existed, we have largely addressed that (to varying degrees of success). Your point? 2. I don’t think Joshua Micah Marshall is or was running for anything. 3. Ditto Mark Crispin Miller. 4. Commercial security companies and the FBI aren’t exactly “our team”. Writers are going to write. That’s not the point, and I don’t think the Carter Center gets too involved with that. But when prominent candidates claim rigging during their campaign, they need to have some supporting info. As they say in the science world- extraordinary claims… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

4. The entirety of the US national security apparatus is everyone’s team. That includes you, Mike.

Jimmy Carter has had bowel movements with a better grasp of policy and basic human decency than Gropey McSmallhands.

O_O
O_O

Hi Ed, long-time listener first-time caller. Thanks for making me look up “oleaginous”.

Mike Hassinger
Mike Hassinger

Just so I’m clear: 1. I’m not supporting Trump, I’m not voting for him, and I’m not defending his comments. Frankly, I think they’re stupid. And they’re a sign his campaign is losing. 2. I’m old enough to remember the “stolen election” charges from Al Gore supporters in 2000, From Kerry supporters in 2004, and the continuation of those accusations in 2006. I remember who screamed about “Diebold!” from 2000 until 2008. Miracle of miracles, it stopped then. 3. So I’m glad to know that it’s perfectly acceptable for liberals to say that elections get “stolen,” it’s just not ok… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

2. So Gore and Kerry supporters were saying the election was stolen? Hmm, sounds like a group of people who felt like the winner of the 2008 and 2012 elections was illegitimate because Obama was a secret Kenyan. There will always be “supporters” who are sore losers and act like sore losers loudly and publicly. That’s entirely different from the candidate himself attempting to undermine trust in our democracy. Did Gore, Kerry, McCain, or Romney ever say the election was stolen from them? No, because they’re grown men who don’t whine when things don’t go their way. 3. No one… Read more »

Mike Hassinger
Mike Hassinger

Who went to court in 2000 in Florida to request a hand recount in four specific counties? You can go look it up.

xdog
xdog

Trump didn’t say if the results in Florida happen to be close enough to trigger an automatic recount and if that recount turns out to be even closer than initial results that he might consider going to court. He said he’d let you know if he accepted the election results.

For someone who says he’s not in Trump’s corner, you sure post as if you’re on the payroll.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Well this is devolving into a semantic game, but I will say this; Gore followed the procedure as provided by the law. He wasn’t claiming anything was rigged. He just asked for a close result to be re-counted. There were a lot of issues with that election in Florida that justified a recount. But the count was done (pretty much), the court had their say, and Gore accepted the result.

If Trump has reason to call for a recount, that’s fine. That’s the procedure. But Trump is claiming in advance that it’s rigged, with no evidence.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Interesting that Gore only called for recounts in heavily Democrat counties? Why not all? Something about dangling nads or something. Thank God the supremes stopped the genuine theft of a presidential election!

Benevolus
Benevolus

Are you trying to say that Gore should have been non-partisan? You are naive.

If Bush wanted to ask for recounts in some places he was welcome to. Instead, if I recall they asked to stop recounts.

In any case, asking for a recount is part of the established process. That is not really related to general claims of a rigged election weeks beforehand with no evidence.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The recount was automatically triggered based on the margin of victory being only 1,784 votes. The recount came back with a smaller margin of victory. Gore requested the recounts, as was his right under Fla. Stat 102.166 and chose those counties because those were the ones with discrepancies between the paper ballot totals and the machine totals. Also, it was the Bush campaign that appealed Bush v. Gore to SCOTUS in order to stop the manual recount which had been ordered by the Florida Supreme Court.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Even the thought of Gore has me howling!! Good Lord if that wooden Indian had ever been president!!! Remember whe he asked Bush about Dingell-Norwood in one of the debates? Bush should have said “a strong shot of penicillin should take care of that!” Lol!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

LOL, because asking about specific legislation in a debate is just silly, amirite?