WH petition asking for a recount in 2012 election receives response more than 7 months later

Voters at Voting CenterSome Americans may want a recount in the 2012 election, but it looks like the White House isn’t too keen on the idea.

According to the White House’s “We the People” page, a petition called “Recount the Election!” was created four days after President Obama saw victory on Nov. 6, 2012. The petition demanded a recount in the presidential election and elicited more than 73,000 signatures, crossing the pre-determined threshold requiring a response from the administration. As of Oct. 2011, petitions needed 25,000 signatures to warrant a response, but that threshold was changed to 100,000 signatures in January.

But it took the White House more than seven months to respond, much longer than it took to gather the required 25,000 signatures. And to no one’s surprise, the Obama administration is refusing to do a recount.

The “Recount the Election!” petition alleges that President Obama won the election — beating Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney — because of voter fraud. The petitioners referenced one county in Ohio where Obama received 106,258 votes, but, they said, there were only 98,213 eligible voters.

“It’s not humanly possible to get 108 percent of the vote,” the petition states.

But according to the White House’s response — the most recent of responses from the administration — President Obama only won 50.98 percent of votes in Wood County. It is unknown, however, if the petition was referring to Wood County in the first place.

“In fact there isn’t a county in Ohio that came anywhere close to reporting more total votes than it had registered voters,” the White House said.

The administration did say, though, that there are always going to be “irregularities and complaints” in a nationwide election, but told the petitioners there wasn’t going to be a recount.

“You don’t have to support President Obama or his vision for this country. But you have to acknowledge that all Americans, even those with whom you disagree, have the right to help to set our nation’s course,” the response said.

“Recount the Election!” was created after several instances of alleged voter fraud were uncovered in the 2012 election. Rep. Jim Moran’s (D-Va.) son was found supporting voter fraud in Virginia, and in another instance, an Ohio woman bragged about voting twice for President Obama.

But don’t hold out for a recount, the White House has already decided against that.

Comments

Polititainment

Obama channels Chris Rock again

At rallies for Democrats in Maryland and Illinois on Sunday, Obama dropped the name "Cousin Pookie" -- a character that he used frequently to energize black voters during his 2008 campaign -- during his speeches.

Oliver beats Supreme Court's camera ban
Comedian John Oliver is sick of the Supreme Court ban on cameras in the court room and the ridiculous ways it makes television news stations have to cover those cases. But all hope is not lost. “What happens at the Supreme Court is way too important not to pay attention to and yet the ban […]
Stewart and Colbert go after 'Fangate'

Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert had a field day with “Fangate” Thursday night.

O'Reilly v Stewart on 'white privilege'

Jon Stewart had one goal in bringing Bill O’Reilly on his show Tuesday evening: "I want you to admit that there is such a thing as white privilege."

Galifianakis gives Obama a nickname
Zach Galifianakis once came up with a very special nickname for President Obama, he recounted on “The Daily Show” Tuesday night. It all started when Galifianakis came to the White House to film the Emmy-winning “Between Two Ferns” episode to promote Obamacare. “Before we went to interview the president, I ate in the White House […]

White House

President Obama, unpaid bills and the curious editing of the White House transcript
President Obama, some unpaid bills and a curiously “inaudible” section of the White House recording of a speech — that’s how all good stories start, right? While at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Chicago, Obama cracked a joke about the “unpaid bills” at his home. The joke was reported by the White House Press […]
Secrecy shrouds how the Obamas cook their chicken wings

Now it seems the Obamas are tight-lipped even about their eating habits.

Obama delivers devastating blow to red state Democrats, calls them ‘all folks who vote with me’
President Obama can’t seem to stay out of the 2014 midterm elections, no matter how much his fellow Democrats want him to. Obama spoke on Al Sharpton’s radio show Monday, which was later replayed on MSNBC, insisting that red state Democrats are still his “strong allies.” “A lot of the states that are contested this time […]
Obama reveals his favorite Supreme Court decision

President Obama dished on his favorite Supreme Court decision during his presidency, and it wasn’t either of his interviewer’s top guesses.

Poll: Obama less ‘effective’ at ‘managing basic functions’ of government than George W. Bush
Since his popularity and approval ratings began to slide during his second term, former President George W. Bush has served as a scapegoat for Democrats and current President Obama. Bush’s name has been invoked with almost every negative event that has come America’s way. But it seems that the “blame Bush” strategy hasn’t made the […]

Congress

Udall struggles to think of his favorite books

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) seemed a bit rattled in his recent interview with ABC 7 News.

Rand Paul: W.H. hasn’t accurately described Ebola
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told Bloomberg politics he believes that the White House has been inaccurately depicting the risks of contracting Ebola. “I think from the very beginning they haven’t been completely forthright with us,” said Paul. “They’ve so wanted to downplay this that they really I don’t think have been very accurate in their […]
Rand Paul doesn't want to 'turnip for what'
Sorry Michelle. It doesn’t look like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants to “turnip for what.” Paul let the first lady know about his first stop in New Hampshire Thursday on Twitter. The likely presidential hopeful went from the plane to the Dunkin’ Donuts and snapped a photo. Just arrived in Manchester, New Hampshire. First stop: @DunkinDonuts cc: […]
Americans could face $15B in new internet taxes
If Senate Democrats don’t take up the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act before the end of the year, American internet users could be looking at nearly $15 billion in additional taxes, a new study found. The Internet Tax Freedom Act, passed during the 1990s, prevents state and local governments from taxing people for access to the […]
Rand Paul talks with NAACP in Ferguson
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) met with black leaders in Missouri Friday and urged them to use the “ballot box” not riots in the street to try and make a change. Paul headed to Ferguson, the location of another police shooting, for a 45-minute “listening session” with a group of 20 local black leaders, including pastors, local business […]