|Interest of||Operation Blackout|
Elections are a part of the party political system, and a part of the "democratic" system. National elections typically take place every 4-5 years. In many, perhaps most, countries, elections are routinely won by one of just 2-3 large parties.
- Full article: Election/Fraud
- Full article: Election/Fraud
The Langemann Papers revealed that Le Cercle was active attempting to influence elections in Europe in the 1970s. In 2018, the first Integrity Initiative Leak included a file xCountry.pdf which alphabetically listed the large nation states of Europe, and the US, together with the timing of their next election. Along side most of these countries were a set of people, email address and institutional affiliation. Traditionally, voting systems used paper, and were carried out according to protocols intended to minimize the chance of fraud. In recent years, especially in the US, there has been a push towards more easily defrauded, digital systems.
|2016 London mayoral election||The "big first test" for Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party|
|George Carlin||“On Election Day, I stay home. Two reasons: first of all, voting is meaningless; this country was bought and paid for a long time ago. That empty shit they shuffle around and repackage every four years doesn't mean a thing. Second, I don't vote, because I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. I know some people like to twist that around and say, "If you don't vote, you have no right to complain." But where's the logic in that? Think it through: If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and you screw things up, then you're responsible for what they've done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote—who, in fact, did not even leave the house on Election Day—am in no way responsible for what these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess you created. Which I had nothing to do with. Why can't people see that?”||George Carlin|
|George Carlin||“It's a big club, and you ain't in it.|
In America, anyone can become president. That’s the problem.”
|Deep state||“Although elected representatives are supposed to be the ruling power we see them coming and going while the true powers in our lives — political parties, bureaucracies, business corporations, the media, institutions of law and justice, quangos, international treaty agreements, financial systems, regulators etcetera — get on with business.”||Ivo Mosley||2013|
|Bill Gates||“The closer you get to [government] and see how the sausage is made, the more you go, oh my God! These guys don’t even actually know the budget. . . . The idea that all these people are going to vote and have an opinion about subjects that are increasingly complex — where what seems, you might think . . . the easy answer [is] not the real answer. It’s a very interesting problem. Do democracies faced with these current problems do these things well?”||Bill Gates||2013|
|Howard Zinn||“Voting is fairly easy and convenient but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens.”||Howard Zinn||April 2008|
|Document:Brief on Monitoring Moldovan 2019 Elections||Briefing||26 December 2018||Integrity Initiative|
|"As a conclusion, it is absolutely important for foreign missions and observers to start monitoring the Moldovan elections already now, since elections are made long before the voting date!"|
|Document:Discussion with Artur Gherman re the situation in Moldova, 28 01 2017||Discussion||26 December 2018||Integrity Initiative|
|Document:The last nail in the coffin of Moldovan democracy?||analysis||26 December 2018||Integrity Initiative|