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Serial Senate candidate alleges election fraud, sues state official for (raise pinky to mouth) $1.2 billion

Update: Federal judge says candidate won't get a dime from Galvin.

Shiva Ayyadurai charges Secretary of State Bill Galvin used his immense influence over Twitter to get the platform to silence him for two weeks at a critical point in his write-in campaign for US Senate mere weeks after he had lost his bid to get on the ballot as a Republican - a campaign he says he was forced to undertake because the state committed "election fraud" - which is, of course, the only reason a household name such as himself could possibly have lost the primary to a nobody from nowhere, like what's his name, Kevin O'Connor.

In a suit filed today in US District Court in Boston, Ayyadurai says Galvin's manipulation of his influence over Twitter violates his federal and state constitutional rights and has left him damaged to the tune of $1.2 billion, which he wants a judge to order Galvin to pay him - after the judge first orders Galvin not to use his oversize influence at Twitter between now and Nov. 3.

According to Ayyadurai, at issue are seven tweets he posted after the primary in which he alleged the Secretary of State's office committed all that fraud by allegedly destroying images of a million primary ballots - in a primary in which only about 256,000 people cast Republican votes.

Not surprisingly, the Secretary of State's office denied destroying any ballots or ballot images and complained to Twitter about Ayyadurai's "election misinformation," according to an article on the fact-checking site Lead Stories.

Twitter then suspended Ayyadurai's Twitter account and said it would not restore it until he took down the tweets, which he alleges left him voiceless in a public forum even as he was steaming ahead with his write-in campaign.

In his complaint, Ayyadurai's only evidence of the Twitter-silencing hand of Bill Galvin is a link to the Lead Stories article, which actually concluded that Ayyadurai had no evidence to support his claim, that, in fact, the state could not hand over photos of ballots not because it had destroyed roughly four times as many ballots as votes cast in the Republican primary but because state law prohibits the taking of photos of ballots, so there were never any to begin with.

When not running for office, Ayyadurai has been busy this year filing lawsuits.

In May, he sued New York anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. for at least $95 million in a dispute over which man is lying more about the other man's record in opposing vaccinations. The next week, he sued a supporter of Kennedy's for $115 million over the same basic allegations.

In August, he sued Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and former Police Commissioner William Evans for what he charges was their deprivation of his First Amendment rights at a rally organized by white supremacists on Boston Common in August, 2017. In that case, similar to a $100-million suit against Walsh by another organizer, Ayyadurai argues he was only there to promote clean air and water, as well as peace and love and the fact that Black lives do matter, and that he couldn't possibly be a white supremacist because he was born in India.

Complete complaint against Galvin (1.8M PDF).

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that's it. that's the post

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Perhaps he'll accept a slightly smaller amount from a third party. I have assessed the worth of his compelling arguments, and I'm willing to give him my treasured 1996 penny. It's very shiny.

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masquerading as a Man of Intellect and Ideas. Too bad all he's got is a grab-bag of conspiracy theories so harebrained he can't even bamboozle enough mouth-breathing supporters to make a dent in genuine electoral politics here.

A feeble big-number lawsuit is the last refuge of the ridiculous, contemptible scoundrel, and thus Ayyadurai consigns himself to the ranks of eternal laughingstock wannabe-somebodies.

For the sake of the Commonwealth's taxpayers, I hope he's forced to pick up our court costs when his latest shitty, cynical tilt at the windmills of his own fraudulence smashes once again into the unforgiving brick wall of reality.

Time to essay a different scam on gullible idiots, Goatse. Have you considered hawking sham boner pills? Healing crystals? I have a terrible SF novel in a drawer: you could use it as the scripture for a new religion. (Mine also has a giant volcano, but I've updated the planes to Boeing 737s.) Got some other ideas, too, all of which spare you from further self-owning, but do require you to fuck off from these parts -- after I get my ten percent, of course.

Face facts, Herr Doctor Professor: Massachusetts ain't remotely stupid enough to buy your thin, runny pigshit, and you're a serial loser in our courts. I can turn your Hindenburg of a career around: a new life awaits you in the off-world colonies. EMAIL me, bro!

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Emasculated
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It makes a lot more sense now.

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nice

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...not "one of us" (the crowd that believes batshit conspiracy theories).

A candidate who fit the profile and spouted that kind of nonsense would get more traction; maybe not much more, and certainly not enough in this state to win, but it would be less of a joke. Would also help if the guy were actually likeable, as another posted pointed out.

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He invented email.

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prevent him from filing further frivolous claims? He has no intention of filing good faith claims, and he needs to be bullied in public, just a little.

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trolls are a fact of life in my industry, and most companies facing them make a pragmatic if galling decision: it's better for business to pay them off for short money than fight them in court, never mind having the angels of justice on your side.

It's an old con: impose punishing legal costs on an innocent party to advance your nefarious ends. That has long been Trump's strategy as a failed businessman: fend off retribution for your crimes and failures by making the costs of bringing them to light too financially punishing for the victims. That's how he has successfully managed to fuck over legions of working-class contractors and sexual-assault victims over the decades. Businesses do a risk assessment and take the lowest-cost option among bad alternatives. Little people just get murdered.

The Commonwealth might take a different view, seeing this as a precedent-setting threat to state solvency if it settles and thus invites more lawsuits from screaming shitbird fakers like Ayyadurai. Strangling this kind of sociopathic criminality in the cradle, however costly in the short term, might be a better long-term strategy.

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The court will sometimes rule that a Shiva type needs to pay for attorneys fees for Gavin (court costs aren’t much). But a billion dollar lawsuit? That might be expensive to fight right? Would be awesome for Galvin to have some law firm say they spent 1 million dollars to prepare for a billion dollar lawsuit, and Shiva is now gonna need to pay for it.

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One hundred trillion dollars!

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Time machine. Strangle Shiva in the cradle. On it.

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But who would invent email?

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The people that actually invented it, I'd imagine.

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He needs to be declared a Vexatious litigator by the court before that can happen

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and Shiva is setting himself up for just such a court ruling, banning him from filing any lawsuit without prior court review.

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It's easy to lose to an unknown candidate if nobody likes you.

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Officials in Massachusetts said there are different machines in use in the state: two newer types in 212 Massachusetts communties with the ability to optically scan ballots -- which, under state law, is not allowed

Optical scanning is how a machine reads ballots. It is the same technology used to read the answer sheet for standardized tests such as the SAT.

Massachusetts cannot under state law review ballots -- unlike some other states that can review as part of their election canvas, for example, or to check write-in candidates and ensure those were gathered the right way.

The machine is supposed to kick out any ballot with write-in markings for manual counting. Otherwise there would be no way for a write-in candidate to win at all.

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Massachusetts cannot under state law review ballots -- unlike some other states that can review as part of their election canvas, for example, or to check write-in candidates and ensure those were gathered the right way.

Well, that's utter nonsense. How else would we tabulate all the write in votes? We hand count them, which is a massive pain in the ass, even if it does occasionally lead to funny stories like David Ortiz coming in third in the Mayoral race: https://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/david-ortiz-boston-mayor-race-red...

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it spells Nivlag Llib.

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Van Glib Ill and Ball Living.

It now makes sense, the Secretary of the Commonwealth glibly living at a ball. All dressed in his tux, sipping martinis and throwing out quips (and ballots maybe?!) without a care in the world.

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is Avihs.

There's the proof!

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delete

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bill gavin, aka human eeyore, might run Brighton with an iron fist, but the prince of Market Street does not hold sway at Twitter

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