At the Iowa Straw Poll, a member of the Mitt Romney campaign in Iowa was also responsible for running the polls, an admitted conflict of interest which the GOP allowed. After suspicious activity with the Diebold voting machines, Romney won by a landslide. He then joked to the media about "stuffing the ballot boxes."
Today at the Texas Straw Poll, a person promoting their candidate outside the venue observed problems with delegates entering the doors. Voting was to take place at 1:00 PM, and the tickets purchased and printed from the Internet said that the event began at 10:00 AM. Delegates who paid for tickets and traveled to the event were refused entry after 10:00 AM. Part of the conflict was videotaped and posted on YouTube.
The photographer reported that between 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM, about twelve delegates with tickets were refused entry every ten minutes. That would add up to 2,500 votes that may not have been counted.
The Republican Party has no respect for its members or for this country and its democratic spirit. The party is so concerned with keeping its exclusive tier of puppet candidates in power that it is sabotaging the campaigns of other candidates in its own party.
I have contacted the chairman of the Republican Party about these issues. I hope that you will do the same. You can find information on how to do that at http://www.gop.com/ContactUs/. When members of the party were trying to kick Ron Paul out of the debates, a barage of calls and emails to the National GOP, Michigan GOP and other state GOP's showed results, and Ron Paul continued to participate in GOP debates.
Similar action in response to the Iowa and Texas straw polls should demand any possible action that could repair the tainted results of those polls. If we do not take a stand here, we can expect another presidential election with two incompetent candidates dominated by corporations and special interest groups who do not represent the Constitution or the American people.