The following story about a local election in Lower Saxony will probably remind American readers of the shenanigans that went on at multiple locations here in the USA last November 3.
In the German case, the party that was targeted for vote fraud was the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany). All the major parties act as one to try to ensure by any means necessary that the AfD never gains significant political power.
Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Politically Incorrect:
Counting votes: cheat the AfD a little…
by Peter Würdig
The general opinion is that most forgeries take place in the postal vote, which is why I applied to be an assessor at the counting in the town hall of Cuxhaven. It was about the local election of Lower Saxony on September 12th, in which each voter is allowed to cast three votes (little crosses), which he can distribute to any party or candidate. An overall very fair and just electoral system (in stark contrast to the electoral process in the Bundestag election), but the evaluation is much more complex.
We were six people, including the leader (“Brigitte”). After we had completed the preparations, the ballot papers, sorted by party, lay in piles on long tables. Then duos formed spontaneously, so that one of them looked through the ballot papers for crosses and dictated to his colleague, who then entered dashes in the prepared tally lists (e.g. CDU list 1, Müller 2). Because every voter had the opportunity to make three crosses, which he could distribute as desired. I was in the duo that (also by chance) dealt with the SPD’s ballot papers. Another duo had taken the bunch of the CDU, and the third duo dealt with the smaller parties.
When we were done with it, the numbers determined in this way were entered in the final protocol by the leader according to dictation, party by party. For each party the number for the list and then that of the applicants. When the AfD’s turn came, it was entered: “List 14”, and a few votes for applicants. Then it was the turn of the next party, that was the FDP. That struck me as strange, because the pile for the AfD, everyone could see, was much larger. At that moment I asked and interrupted the further entry. After a small discussion, it was decided to go through the voting slips for the AfD and the mixed slips (those with crosses for different parties) together again. Lo and behold: the list got 38 votes (significantly more than double).
The question arises: failure by mistake, or at least intent? I then suggested checking the values for the other smaller parties as well, because there could have been an error there. Then it was insinuated to me that this is superfluous, because such a mistake naturally only occurs when evaluating the votes for the AfD. If I hadn’t been on the team, massive voter fraud would have gone straight through.