Published on Aug 8, 2017
Folks, a tipping point is coming! 2016 / 2017 are the years that the average American is learning that their elections are easily gamed. For our democracy to work, people must know that election results are accurate and capable of public verification. In 2016, only 55.3% of Arizona's eligible voters bothered to participate.
Voter turnout will increase when people see proof that election results are valid. Local governments must not be the sole verifiers of electronic elections.
Either we have elections that are transparent, trackable and publicly verified, and then maybe more people will vote!
Or sadly, more people will stop voting because they've lost faith in their vote being counted as cast and see the system as sad joke that it is now!
The solution is simple… it's transparency!!!
Saturday August 5, 2017 Bill Risner, Sara Joehnk and I presented a program on how we can make Elections Transparent, Trackable and Publicly Verified. The best part is the public doesn't need new legislation. We can use existing public records request laws, and demand elections departments follow the law. Why? We know that "Fraction Magic," uncovered by BlackBoxVoting.org, can only change the vote tally numbers. It cannot change a complex hard copy, hand-marked paper ballot pegged to its corresponding scanned ballot image. For abstract to know more go here: http://tinyurl.com/y9sf2r77
It could tip to the dark side if we don't organize! Kurt Vonnegut said: "In the battle between the forces of good and evil, greed and compassion, democracy and plutocracy, there is only one thing that has consistently made the difference - ORGANIZING."
Abstract: Publicly Verified Elections are Key to De-Corrupting Our Democracy NOW!
By John R. Brakey ED of AUDIT-AZ - Link to paper: http://tinyurl.com/y8rfm4c7
In an "ah ha" moment, election integrity investigators realized that 40% of the voting machines presently in use have the built-in ability to transparently verify reported election results RIGHT NOW!
The machines that used to count hand-marked paper ballots are rapidly being replaced with technology that uses digital imagery to count scanned ballot images. At the current rate, by the next presidential election, approximately 85% of the country will generate scanned ballot images.
These new digital systems scan paper ballots and create exact copies; enable trackability through each link of the chain-of-custody, reconcile ballots by precinct, and empower anyone to audit and verify election results.
IMAGINE – We the People will be able to download ballot images by precinct, program an application and verify election results on a computer or print the ballots and hand count them if we want!
Our esteemed colleague Bev Harris of BlackBoxVoting.org explains "The Brakey Method that puts the brakes on mystery elections once and for all. A simple 3-step method places public elections back under public control."
1. Preserve and make public the "ballot images" — Modern voting systems take a picture of every ballot, called a "ballot image."
2. Peg the ballot image to the paper ballot using a unique ID number not connected to any voter identifier in any way, thereby maintaining voter anonymity and the "secret ballot."
3. Make sure ballots are a public record so that any person can arrange to inspect the actual ballots at any time.
If fully implemented, this new system can eliminate the opportunity to manipulate or change the outcome of elections with impunity—that is, zero risk of detection--that has bedeviled the old "mark sense" system.
The bad news: The forces of Status Quo are suppressing this information, destroying the ballot images or releasing image debris instead of images in the audit-able format built into the ES&S DS series and other systems.
We know from our most recent lawsuit that the court properly recognized that images are part of the chain-of-custody, when Superior Court Judge Gordon asked the attorney for Pima County, "If you take voted ballots, take a photo copy of them and use those copies to count votes, what makes you think that you can destroy them?" He then ruled from the bench that the images must be protected.
We've discovered that "Fraction Magic," uncovered by BlackBoxVoting.org, can only change the vote tally numbers. It cannot change a complex hard copy, hand-marked paper ballot pegged to its corresponding scanned ballot image. When fully implemented, the ballot images and the audit features of these new voting machines can prevent fraudulent practices, including via fractionalized voting and other malicious programming. Link to paper: http://tinyurl.com/y8rfm4c7