This is an article to read and share! It’s all…
This is an article to read and share! It’s all coming out, things we’ve known and have said for many years. Yes, it really was a myth that was built and protected by insiders who had the power. But now their secret is out, and others now know how to get in! The fix is simple, take away the power of a hacker by making Elections Transparent, Trackable and Publicly Verified! Publish the ballot images and cast Vote record by precinct.
How to Publicly Verify Election Results to Secure Our Democracy!
The 2016 U.S. Presidential election shocked the public into awareness of the vulnerability of our elections to manipulation. We can’t trust that the results of future elections will accurately represent the will of the voters unless and until we address systematic weaknesses.
“There is a simple way to make our elections more transparent. How? By releasing anonymous digital images of the paper ballots…Releasing these images would allow anyone to count the ballots…”
—Former Chair of the Pima County AZ (Tucson) Election Integrity Commission, Dr. Tom Ryan
AUDIT Elections USA is working in multiple states to set up this new public method of election transparency and accountability in time for the 2018 and 2020 election cycles. We facilitate the public’s direct central role in verifying for everyone whether the reported electronic vote-tallying machine count is accurate. Anomalies uncovered can provide required evidence for expanded official audits or hand recounts.
Fully implemented, this new system can eliminate the opportunity to manipulate outcomes with impunity. Would-be insider and outsider manipulators—foreign governments, non-state actors and malicious hackers—can be deterred by fear that citizens at home may detect evidence of their efforts to corrupt our democracy.
Scanning our paper ballots into digital ballot images is the new standard in electronic vote tallying machines across the industry. Some 50% of election jurisdictions are now converted. By the 2018 midterms, 55% of jurisdictions will have digital imaging machines and by the 2020 election, it is projected that 85% of all ballots will be counted by “capturing” our votes from these official images. Citizens at home can then compare the online posting of these scanned ballot images with electronic results.
Only election integrity advocates’ intense state-by-state action, starting now, can realize this dramatic opportunity toward transparent, trackable and publicly verified elections.
“Safeguards voter intent – The system captures and retains digital images of every scanned ballot for auditing and adjudication.”
—Largest vendor, Elections Systems & Software, “Request for Information” (RFI) response to NYC Board of Elections
“Creates and facilitates the posting of ballot image files on the department’s website so that members of the public can tabulate the same vote information that the Department uses when tallying the official results…”
—ES&S, RFI response to San Francisco Election Department
So, what’s the stumbling block?
Whether through ignorance or intention, most election departments already deploying this new ballot image technology are not using it to full capacity. Check out our full report at www.AuditElectionsUSA.org.
The bad news: Status Quo forces are suppressing the benefits by destroying the ballot images instead of posting them online.
The good news: “If you take voted ballots, take a photocopy of them and use those copies to count votes, what makes you think that you can destroy them?”
—Pima Co AZ Superior Court Hon. Judge Richard Gordon to Pima Co Attorney in our 2016 lawsuit
Properly recognizing images as essential records in the evidentiary chain-of-custody from voter-marked ballots to tabulated results, the Court then ruled from the bench that images must be preserved and protected.
Similarly, just this last Dec 11,2017, the Montgomery County (Alabama) Circuit Court judge also ruled from the bench that the ballot images cannot be destroyed. The Court ordered the Secretary of State to comply with our demand to order all counties to save all ballot images in the imminent Doug Jones vs Roy Moore special U.S. Senate election. We are awaiting Alabama Supreme Court’s ruling on the question in elections going forward.
Our job must be to investigate, educate and litigate if needed. We initiate specific legal actions that move fast. We have a template that’s won in two red states, Arizona and Alabama.
AUDIT Elections USA has developed a comprehensive model—a template strategy—to introduce public election verification audits, putting the power of election oversight back into the hands of the people. We offer activists a real solution for the democracy crisis: transparency.
• Research state and local regulations, procedures and legal precedents to establish protection of election materials, and meaningful access to enable public oversight
• Develop scalable procedures for overseeing vote counting using what Bev Harris of Black Box Voting “Hacking Democracy” fame, named The Brakey Method, puts the brakes on election fraud
• Conduct public education and advocacy training to achieve the above goals and assemble election transparency teams in multiple states
We want elections that are transparent, trackable and publicly verified NOW!
You can help in your state!
BE THE “WE” and join the movement with AUDIT Elections USA.
Check out our refreshed AuditElectionsUSA.org for activist opportunities to replicate our success and unrig the system in your state.
Text John R Brakey at 520-339-2696
AUDIT Elections USA Director of Operations John Roberts Brakey JohnBrakey@gmail.com