Wow! The Colorado GOP may have to redo their primary vote because their were so many errors in the process & delegates for Trump were left off ballots? It actually should come as no surprise in this primary season that something like this would happen. Voter turnout has been so massive compared to years past, election officials haven’t been able to keep up with the additional demand. In Donald Trump’s home state of New York, there was a whopping 356% increase in turnout compared to the 2012 Republican primary when Mitt Romney became that party’s nominee.
Let’s hope Colorado gets its act together and fixes all of the problems so that the people can be assured there were no improprieties. If it takes an election redo, so be it.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was not happy about the delegate-awarding process that took place in Colorado in early April.
The caucus, which gave Sen. Ted Cruz the entirety of the state’s 34 delegates, was operated a little differently than other primaries and caucuses, as it focused more on selecting delegates than the voters actually choosing a candidate.
Now, the chairwoman of the Boulder County GOP has revealed several errors that affected the state’s caucus, and she even mentioned the possibility of a “do-over.”
Chairwoman Peg Cage reportedly sent an email to other top Republican officials in Colorado, describing errors that led to “the perception of fraud,” according to Breitbart. The errors included mistakes such as names of candidates being left off some ballots, as well as some counties having too few or too many ballots.
Grave errors affected Colorado GOP caucus, Cruz "won" clean sweep of 34 delegates without opening up process to voting by citizens.
— slone (@slone) April 26, 2016
When Trump supporters in Colorado got wind of the inconsistencies, they protested the results on the steps of the state Capitol building.
“The Trump supporters think that the Cruz supporters stole the election,” Cage told Breitbart. “The Cruz supporters were very concerned that they might not get seated in Cleveland” so they have been publicizing that the Trump campaign does not plan to contest the results, she explained. But those delegates could still be un-seated by the Republican National Committee.
“If it’s that bad, I guess if there’s any question that our delegates won’t be seated, then that would be a case where it might make sense to have a do-over,” Cage said. “I would say it would. It might be the better way to go just to make sure that our delegates, they ought to be able to go forth and get seated.”
The chairwoman thought most of the errors were clerical and called the debacle “inexcusable.”
“It seemed to happen in all of the districts,” she said. “So I guess the state has something to do it because it was up to the state who received those forms … It just wasn’t clean … It wasn’t clean because of those clerical mistakes.”
Cage, who has nothing to gain by making this noise because she is a Cruz supporter, said she was simply concerned about the integrity of the electoral process.
No matter who one may support, selection of delegates should be "clean"
Colorado GOP, apparently, politically dirty. https://t.co/mAnCoDQ5DY
— Frank Laird (@eff_dblu_ell) April 26, 2016
The chairwoman listed several of those concerns in her email to fellow party chairs last Tuesday, including:
Many people who had filed their Intent to Run for National Delegate forms were not put on a ballot. Clerical errors created the perception of fraud (duplicate and omitted names and numbers) Despite calls for unity by elected party officials, one candidate was perceived to have been favored Ballot counting was perceived to have been done in secret, by the secretary of state (in his orange Cruz shirt) on equipment from the county where he was the County Clerk.
While Trump’s convention manager, Paul Manafort, has indicated that Trump would not contest Cruz’s delegate share, a “do-over” caucus could definitely shake things up in the state.
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Via Conservative Tribune