Will Dems still be interested in the Hispanic/Latino vote if it’s not “the right” vote?

2012 July 3
by TLS

On Tuesday, June 26th, New York Democrats in Harlem’s newly drawn congressional district went to the polls to decide if Charlie Rangel will continue to represent them after 42 years in Congress.

The 2012 Democratic primary for the House of Representatives had been billed as a tough fight for Rangel, thanks to demographic changes and the shadows of an ethic scandal. This year, the boundaries of the congressional district covering Harlem were redrawn as part of the once-a-decade redistricting process, with some of Manhattan being taken out of the district and parts of the Bronx added in. That changed its ethnic and racial composition: While the number of blacks stayed roughly the same, there are fewer whites and more Hispanics. Hispanics now make up more than half of the residents and almost half of the eligible voters.


And with more Hispanics in the district, Democrat State Sen. Adriano Espaillat seemed to have a chance of unseating the 81 year-old incumbent, convicted of 11 ethics violations last year.

Espaillat, a 57-year-old Dominican-American, has used his background to court Latino votes and take aim at the 82-year-old Rangel over his long tenure in Washington and his ethics abuses. If he had won Tuesday, he could have been on the way to being the first Dominican-American elected to Congress.


Espaillat conceded Tuesday night, as counts showed Rangel with about 45% of the vote, compared to 40% for Espaillat in a multi-candidate race. But as the counting continued, Rangel’s lead began to shrink and then counting seemed to stop.

From Espaillat’s backers came accusations that Rangel’s powerful supporters were influencing the vote counting, slowing the process and preventing the challenger’s side from receiving information. And they say they are particularly concerned about the remaining six percent of ballots that have yet to be counted – which, they contend, come from areas where the state senator receives the most support.


And the official reason from the spokesperson for the Board of Elections?

The reason six percent of votes had not yet been tabulated, Vazquez said, is that the police officers tasked with providing an unofficial record of the data from those precincts after securing voting boxes on election night had not done so. Once election workers downloaded voting files from each precinct to reach an official total, Vazquez said, a complete count would be reached.   On Friday morning, Vazquez said a final tally would arrive by 2 pm that day. That hour, however, came and went without any results. By the end of the day, there was still no news.


And there are additional allegations that:

70 Electoral Districts came in at zero

Many Hispanic voters had been turned away from the polls on Tuesday as they tried to cast ballots

an unusual lack of bilingual inspectors, the absence of mailed notifications alerting voters to the new Election Day date this year, and Spanish language speakers being handed affidavit ballots instead of regular ones.

poll workers even allegedly tampered with completed paper ballots by opening the envelopes after they were voted

“In the Bronx, they were told that ‘this is a Republican election, not a Democratic election”

They were asking voters for ID    *gasp*

The State Supreme Court was scheduled to hear arguments yesterday, but Espaillat’s campaign withdrew their case in order to gather more evidence.  In the meantime  “Espaillat’s supporters charge that votes were intentionally suppressed, not counted, and even tampered with. They are demanding that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder step in and launch a federal investigation of the election.

Someone needs to get a hold of Espaillat and fill him in.  Not only is he not the Just-us Dept’s “kind of people”, but obviously he isn’t on the inside track of the Democrat party.  Otherwise he would know that vote fraud doesn’t exist…

12 Responses leave one →
  1. 2012 July 3 4:44 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Charlie Rangel … voter fraud? Nah … never!

    This website and error messages are really starting to p!ss me off.

  2. 2012 July 3 4:49 pm
    TLS permalink

    And to make it even more interesting, the primary was moved up from previous years because NY wasn’t getting the military votes out in Nov in time to be counted. So they moved up the primary in order to get the results earlier and mail the Nov military ballots sooner. So this first June primary only had a 5.1 % turn out and they are having this much trouble!!

  3. 2012 July 3 5:02 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #1 Problem is that my hosts and Kenny cannot recreate the problem, so they can’t fix it. :/

  4. 2012 July 3 5:21 pm
    TLS permalink

    Thanks for making it pretty JM! I can’t do blue boxes 🙁

  5. 2012 July 3 5:24 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    TLS – very good.

    We know it was those dang republicans fault. Who else would want to suppress hispanic voters, just getting in some practice before the fall election.

  6. 2012 July 3 5:35 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    “You know, comrades, that I think in regard to this: I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how.” — Joseph Stalin

    The Democratic Socialist Party, yes the one with a jackass for a symbol, is just following in their Grand Exalted footsteps.

  7. 2012 July 3 5:45 pm
    justrand permalink

    Great post, TLS!

    It is fascinating when two of the Dem carefully coddled “special interest groups” come head to head. So even without Charlie Rangle this would have bee a tussle. But Charlie is as crooked as they have EVER come, and he KNOWS Eric Holder will have his back. Espialliat (whatever) will be bribed or threatened to drop it all…and soon.

  8. 2012 July 3 5:54 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #4 You’re welcome! 🙂

  9. 2012 July 3 6:39 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Excellent post TLS.

  10. 2012 July 3 6:40 pm
    TLS permalink

    Took my family out for some AAA baseball, burgers, beer, and fireworks tonight. All I need now is some apple pie and a gov’t that follows the Constitution.

  11. 2012 July 3 6:43 pm
    TLS permalink

    Thanks! I find it amazing that a black and a hispanic are in an election mess and yet no one is talking about it. Bet you if the incumbent was an R then dems would be screaming that hispanics were being disenfranchised.

  12. 2012 July 3 7:10 pm
    justrand permalink

    TLS, Mrs. Justrand can help with the apple pie (she makes the BEST on the planet)…but you’re outa luck in re. a government that upholds the Constitution! Maybe Romney…

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