Late Absentee Ballots From Military in Afghanistan Would Have Won the Election For Governor Mitt Romney-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
This is a forwarded email that contains an article that said that hundreds of thousands of military absentee ballots were delivered after the polls closed. Preliminary counts of the tardy ballots would have overturned the 2012 election and put Mitt Romney in the White House.
This eRumor came from a military satire site called The Duffle Blog and this article was intended to be a joke. Click for article.
There is a disclaimer on “About Us” section of this website that said, “The content of this site is parody. No composition should be regarded as truthful, and no reference of an individual, company, or military unit seeks to inflict malice or emotional harm. All characters, groups, and military units appearing in these works are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, or actual military units and companies is purely coincidental.”
Even if one were to refuse to take the disclaimer seriously the numbers would not add up.
President Obama won the 2012 election with 303 electoral votes to Governor Romney’s 206.
President Obama got 61,173,727 Popular Votes and Governor Romney’s tally was 58,167,248. The difference between the two candidates is 3,006,479.
According to NATO statistics the U.S. has 90,000 members of the military serving in Afghanistan.
There is also the factor of the Electoral College versus the popular vote. If the U.S. were to elect presidents by popular vote and if every service member were to vote for Governor Romney the count would still not be enough to defeat President Obama.