As the election looms and accounts of voting machine irregularities emerge during early voting, tens of thousands have petitioned the White House to remove machines tied to a colleague of Hillary Clinton mega-donor George Soros.
According to several reports this week, 16 states have purchased voting machines from SmartMatic International, headed by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, who sits on the board under Soros' Open Society Foundation and is himself, like Soros, a globalist that supports many left-wing causes.
Additionally, according to his bio, Malloch-Brown was also once the vice chairman of Soros' Investment Funds.
Accounts from several states where machines were reportedly switching votes to the opposite party from the one voters selected has cast doubt on the integrity of the election process. In one Texas county, such errors prompted the County Clerk to temporarily suspend use of such machines and use emergency paper ballots instead, according to a Thursday article from Fox Nation.
These two events are separate; Texas is not using SmartMatic voting machines. But together they are contributing to suspicions of election rigging.
The events have spawned a petition on the White House's "We The People" website on Oct 21 and within six days it garnered over 100,000 signatures and has now been queued for response from President Obama. The petition calls for an emergency session of Congress to remove Soros-linked machines from the electoral system.
"When the White House responds, everyone who has signed the petition will get email from the White House to let you know that we've reviewed and responded to the petition," the White House website states.
In what many regard as the most alarming moment of the third presidential debate, Republican Donald Trump refused to say whether or not he would accept the results of the election. Frequently on the campaign trail he has called the system "rigged."
But since the petition doesn't directly affect the federal government, but rather the 16 states that purchased the machines in question, the Obama administration may dodge this entirely.
Under the "Terms of Participation" section of the petition website, it is stated that the White House will not respond to "Petitions that do not address the actions or policies of the federal government, or that address a topic not included in We the People at the time the petition was created."
Suspicions are rising, however, given the depths of involvement that actors like Soros have played in Democratic politics in recent years. Email correspondence from WikiLeaks and DCLeaks are now showing just how extensive those ties are.
The Epoch Times reported Tuesday, emails from 2011 showed Soros giving foreign policy directives to Hillary Clinton about how to handle unrest in Eastern Europe. Similarly, "emails from October 2014, with recipients including top Clinton aide Huma Abedin and John Podesta (the founder in 2003 of the Soros-funded Center for American Progress and currently Clinton's campaign manager), show how the Clinton campaign went out of its way to 'make Soros happy.'"
Yet others are dismissing this as one of the weirder conspiracy theories to come out during this election cycle.
As Business Insider noted Tuesday, while SmartMatic had some of its machines in Los Angeles and Utah during the primaries, none of the 16 states who purchased them will be employing them on Nov. 8.