Normally I'm not the conspiracy theory type, but there has been a few post-election developments which are beginning to make me wonder...
Let's give a quick rundown in chronological order...
Before the polls closed, there were quite a few predictions of low voter turnout, but no one had them as low as the final number of 26% provided by the city clerk.
Speaking of the city clerk Frank Martinez, he was appointed by Mayor Hahn just last September, just in time to host this election
Election Night - The fog factor. Remember the mysterious fog incident on election night. This caused the ballots which are normally flown downtown to Piper Tech for counting to be driven across the city by city employees without supervision, helping add to the delay in counting.
Speaking of the city employees, remember they are members of SEIU, the very union which endorsed Jim Hahn and whose head, Julie Butcher had serious issues with Bob Hertzberg.
Ballot Counting - The Daily News says it all. "L.A. re-inked votes - City clerk ordered election workers to fill in faintly marked ballots" . This was in addition to the fact that the city employees handled EVERY SINGLE BALLOT before they were counted to check for the marks. Isn't this called "ballot tampering?"
Missing Precincts. Does anyone else find it odd that thirteen precincts have yet to report or be counted? Check the city clerks report... 1599 total precincts, 1586 number reporting... and the other 13 are .... lost in the fog?
Now, I'm not saying anything happened, I'm just saying these all added together are starting to make me go hmmmm...
L.A. city clerk's decision to re-ink ballots in mayor's race criticized
L.A. city clerk's decision to re-ink ballots in mayor's race criticized II
Candidates Unaware Ballots Re-Inked
Inka dinka don't?
Muttering the Election Administrator's Prayer
In addition, you might read between the lines in this Daily Breeze article. While the harbor had a lighter turnout than everybody else, they seem to be heavily aligned behind only one candidate and the percentages just don't make much sense...