In conspiracy circles, presidential elections rank as a lightning rod for new theories, rabid conversation, and lots of fearful “revelations.” 2012 is no different than previous election years. Already, conspiracy sites are buzzing with people claiming that news sources on the web and even on live television are already announcing election results some two weeks or more out from the big day. Now, as you all know, we at Common Sense Conspiracy certainly love a good conspiracy theory as much as the next guy, but we do encourage our readers to approach these threads and forums with a grain of salt for sure.
First of all, remember that in this digital age, it is so easy for people to post whatever they like and purport it to be something else. We could easily fabricate a very professional-looking election results here with little effort. And we are far from the most talented when it comes to this sort of thing. People will post these sorts of things for different reasons, and then it gets spread, especially on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, as if it were true. Seldom does anyone try to corroborate the data, especially if it happens to fall on the side of whatever they are rallying for.
Even if you are seeing something authentic, the reality is that all over the United States, the election has already begun. Thousands of people will vote through absentee voting and early mail-ins. Some people voted before the first presidential debate was held. This may seem disingenuous, but the truth is that most of these people that voted early for whatever reason were not likely to be swayed in the last two weeks running up to the election. They knew what they were going to do, so little harm is done by getting those votes in early. It is more important that they make sure they do indeed get their vote in. Really, the same is true for the nation as a whole. The overwhelming majority of the nation has already made up their mind at this point, and their vote will be the same today as it will be on November 6.
We saw a heavily trafficked thread on another conspiracy site earlier today that had many people discussing a chart found on a website that showed that 9 million votes in the state of Ohio had already been counted. That would be a staggering sum of absentee and early votes. As a matter of fact, Ohio may very well not have 9 million votes total when the smoke clears on November 7. So, obviously, this data is false, unless of course the election is completely rigged and these results are real. In that case, it’s really hard to believe it would be out on the Internet for anyone to view without a password or anything. Conspiracies at that high of a level tend to remain secret and extremely difficult to prove.
If you are still not convinced, there is a way to know for sure. Simply save the screen or print a hard copy of the results you view and then compare them with the real results on November 7. If they match, then that would be a definite sign of a very clear conspiracy.
Our money’s on that the numbers you are viewing now will look nothing like the final results, whatever they may be. Do we believe that it is possible that our next president has already been decided? Sure. But we don’t believe anyone’s going to be telling you about it now.
Conspiracy or no conspiracy, I’m afraid all we can do is wait until November 6 and see what happens.