Hundreds of people were crammed into the tiny cafeteria at Atherton Elementary School in Arlington on Tuesday night.
They waited there, shoulder to shoulder, at precinct caucuses for more than two hours to declare their support for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama for president. People who attended said the mood grew heated as participants lost confidence in whether their votes would be counted.
They had every reason to worry. The Tarrant County Democratic Party confirmed Friday that it had received envelopes with blank forms for all three precinct caucuses at the school.
"At this point, we don't have any record that anything happened there," said Keith Annis, the county party's executive director.
As someone who has attended pct conventions in the past, this is nothing new. The only thing new is the intensity because of the importance of the race and the energy the 2 candidates for pres. have created. In all likelihood, the paperwork will show up.
And because of the intensity of the event this year, the local press has been pounding us daily with horror stories of the pct. conventions. Gee, do you think they have an agenda of their own? Sure they do. And they intend to paint Democrats as undemocratic, disorganized, fools from now until election day.
So don't be taken taken in by the efforts of the local media to disparage Democrats and the system. Is the system chaotic? Sometimes. It always has been. Is it unfair? Sometimes, but overall it has worked satisfactorily in the past.
When you have an open pct convention where almost all the new participants have no experience with the process, and you multiply the number of participants by 10 fold or more, and you have 2 presidential campaigns bucking for every advantage with out-of-state staff (so called observers) that are as inexperienced at Texas procedures as the voters, well, things go pretty crazy.
Oh, does our local media have their own agenda? Here is another example: The Star-Telegram has yet to print the raw vote totals for uncontested races from the Dem.& Rep. primaries. Why? Consider that the Dem. candidates actually got more raw votes than incumbent Republican officeholders all over Tarrant County. THAT'S A HECK OF A STORY. And you don't see it in print.
The voters NEED to educate themselves BEFORE showing up to the precinct convention.
I took the time to learn. Was there confusion, absolutely, only because voters did not do their homework and did not know the process.
My MIL was told at her senior citizens center that THEY had to vote twice. Which isn't true unless one wants to be a delegate or have resolutions submitted, there really isn't a reason to vote twice. It isn't mandatory.
Every packet came with a booklet with the rules and instructions on how to run a convention. I had to run one and knew enough to know out to do. When I turned in my paper work to the county HQ's, they told me I did everything correctly.
There was no excuse for whoever ran the conventions not to know how to do it.
Please then explain to me why I spent two hours at home on Wednesday auditing my precinct rolls & then going to the county chair's office to turn in my results & audit someone else's precinct? I spoke with the chair today & they are STILL auditing the results locally, then they all get to the State & get audited AGAIN.
11. And how is each person WHO VOTED in the caucus supposed to AUDIT THEIR VOTE?
I'm sure EACH PERSON who voted in the caucus is supposed to check the sign-in sheets at the convention to ENSURE that the delegates they voted for ACTUALLY VOTE the way they were elected to do. And I'm sure that they KNOW that they need to do this because the delegates can vote HOWEVER they want.
Yeah, right. I'm SURE they know how to do all this.
10. I suspect the HRC campaign is trying to drum up support
for a lawsuit against the TDP to nullify the caucus. There was another HRC person complaining about the WY caucus; when I asked why they didn't go to WY to help GOTV, all the poster said was they didn't want to "interfere" with the state's process.
20. Instead of bitching, have you thought of volunteering?
I'm sure your county party and SD credentials committee could use some help straightening out this nightmare of paperwork and confusion. They could use some honest volunteers to sort things out and make sure all voters and precincts are not disenfranchised.
22. Sounds like the volunteeers didn't know what to do. Do you have time to volunteer?
But almost everyone in that auditorium should've known that you had to SIGN SOMETHING to vote. I knew. I heard it somewhere, or I read it. Even if I hadn't, others there knew that.
I find it hard to believe that the auditorium was filled with 100% people totally ignorant of the process. Doesn't everyone in the U.S. know that you don't vote by a show of hands in our country? We either write something, or punch a button, or pull a lever.
Or maybe the people DID sign something, but a volunteer mailed in the wrong stack of forms? Maybe that's what happened. Which means the signed forms are still somewhere.
This is bound to happen, when our primary/caucus never counts, but suddenly it does. I didn't even know my precinct HAD a caucus, until this year.
80. So, where is the follow up article that the paperwork did show up and everything is fine?
I have waited over 3 days for the person who started this thread to post what was in the Fox Worth Star-Telegram over 3 days ago. On the front page, in fact, although not nearly as pronounced as the over-the-top, sensationalist presentation of the first article. The paperwork showed up and there is no danger (there never really was) that the participants in the 3 precinct conventions in question would have their vote unheard.
Seems like if the person starting this thread was wanting to disclose the facts, that person would have posted the follow-up article.
81. As the OP seems unwilling to post anything that doesn't support his conspiracy theory,
I will. Thank you, MrTriumph, for pointing this out.
Results from three Arlington precinct caucuses found By AMAN BATHEJA Star-Telegram Staff Writer
The records from three Democratic precinct conventions have been found, the Tarrant County Democratic Party said Monday.
Results from three Arlington precincts that held caucuses at Atherton Elementary School were feared missing Friday after party officials said they received envelopes with blank forms for all of them.
Keith Annis, executive director of the Tarrant County Democratic Party, said he was not clear on why those three precincts -- 2027, 2235, and 2461 -- did not receive sign-in sheets, because prepared packets with the sheets for each of those precincts were returned to party headquarters unfilled. Participants from those precincts separately dropped off the paperwork from their caucuses, he said.
I suspect the convention packet never got to the convention (uncooperative judge? no one claimed it? buried in election materials?) and got returned with the election materials, unopened and unsigned. Unfortunately the Startle Gram likes a good story and can't wait for the facts to come out. Kinda like some people on DU.
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