Conspiracy theorists will find poll watching uneventful and that’s good


To the saucer-eyed gaze of a first-time visitor in Las Vegas, the city looks like a spectacular invitation to high adventure. Lights blaze from a half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tour at the Paris Las Vegas casino. Gondolas float in The Venetian’s imitation of St. Mark’s Square, and Roman statues line the grand entrance to Caesars Palace.

Inside, however, casinos all look and sound the same, everywhere the same murmur of voices, click of poker clips, carnival chirping of slot machines. Once inside, the promise of glamor, intrigue, and riches dissipates like the last bubble in flat Champaign.

This is the disappointment that awaits conspiracy theorists who have signed up to be election judges and poll watchers on November 8, hoping to catch dastardly Democrats in the act of an election heist.

Having served several times as an election judge, I can honestly say that the experience is satisfying, patriotic, and community-minded, but not in the least bit exciting. No matter what election site these folks visit, they will see the same monotonous, bipartisan, rule-driven process. They should bring coffee.

Elections are like casinos in a way, tantalizing on the outside, humdrum on the inside, and that’s a good thing.

As for flashy vegas-style election melodrama, we’ve had more than usual this election season. Democrats spent money to prop up conspiracy theory candidate Ron Hanks against Joe O’Dea for U.S. Senate in the primary. Hanks lost and has now endorsed Libertarian candidate Brian Peotter. Peotter admitted on 630 KHOW’s Leland Conway Show that he’s running as a spoiler candidate. If you can’t beat ‘em legitimately, try, try again.

Like Hanks, failed candidate Danielle Neuschwanger is running in the third party, hoping to derail Heidi Ganahl, who won the Republican primary for governor. Democrats funded ads to help Ganahl’s opponent Greg Lopez’s race to no avail. Fortunately for them, Neuschwanger is happy to help out in the general.

Meanwhile, Republican state Sen. Don Corum endorsed Democrat Adam Frisch for the 3rd Congressional District over his primary opponent Rep. Lauren Boebert. That’s understandable; she called him a groomer and drug dealer in a primary debate.

Corum might regret the endorsement. This week Frisch was accused in a story on Breitbart News of meeting a paramour at a storage unit for a steamy affair. The owner of a taxi cab business claimed he used surveillance tape to blackmail the then-city councilman into derailing a city transportation program that would have hurt the witness’s business interests. The sordid ordeal raises many questions, not least about the high price of lodging in Aspen. Inflation is driving needy Coloradans to illicit storage unit sex.

Boebert faced her own scandal earlier in this race when she was accused by her former sister-in-law of crashing a side-by-side off-road vehicle in the desert and trying to cover up the accident that left her sister-in-law severely injured by refusing to call for emergency help.

Also this month, the Supreme Court rejected MyPillow huckster Mike Lindell’s attempt to stop a defamation suit by Denver-based voting machine company Dominion Voting Systems over false claims he made about the company.

His conspiracy theory associate Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters was prohibited by a judge from overseeing elections again this year. She was indicted by a grand jury on seven felony counts for allowing an unauthorized person to access election equipment. She also tried to kick a police officer when they detained her at a bagel shop.

In other legal wrangling, petitioners hoping to oust State Sen. Kevin Priola, a Republican turned Democrat, were told by the Denver District Court that they will have to restart their recalls efforts in January.  Petitioners started gathering signatures when Colorado’s Secretary of State Jena Griswold decreed that the recall would take place in Senate District 13 rather than Priola’s current Senate District 25. They have appealed.


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