On their face, elections are a fairly simple matter. They are simply the act of counting marks on a piece of paper. Most fifth graders can accomplish that task and in the case of large numbers we might wish to enlist the aid of some junior high schoolers.
Instead we have devised systems that most of our citizens and elected representatives do not understand. You as an elected representative cannot personally guarantee that these systems are safe because you do not fully understand them. You are reliant on computer programmers and integrated technology personnel who almost universally have not had full access to the software themselves.
The claim that our equipment is not connected to the internet is subterfuge at best. We are now using electronic poll books in the county. These poll books communicate electronically and although they likely are not technically on the internet, any electronic communication is able to be hacked.
You will now offer protestations that these systems don’t hold or count our vote and that is true. They do however instantly tell us who from what precincts have voted. Since precincts tend to trend towards a specific party, much can be learned. Additionally many voters are associated with a party through their primary voting history which aids in refining information. How this information can then be used is not fully understood, but it is becoming clear that access to this information in addition to fraudulently registered and “phantom voters” are being used to some nefarious effect.
If you do not believe there are fraudulently registered phantom voters I invite you to look up the registration of Josh Fox. Josh Fox is 27 years old and registered at my home. Now I’ve owned this home for more than 20 years and never met him, so there’s a problem. No Josh is not shown to have ever voted, but his being on the roles at a minimum gives headroom for voter participation numbers and may be useful for much more.
To determine what effect these phantom voters may have and to see how else phantom voters might be used, we need to fully open the systems up and closely examine them.
I expect the Tarrant County Commissioners to call for a full and complete forensic examination of our election system to include but not be limited too: a review of the voter roles with a neighborhood canvass to examine anomalies; a complete examination of the software installed in any piece of voting equipment; A complete examination of all county and precinct router data – yes, something is going through routers or the poll books wouldn’t work and if there is nothing there it's time to prove it; and a detailed forensic examination of the ballots themselves. We unquestionably know there were issues with ballot printing in Tarrant County and as a citizen of this county I expect a full and complete demonstration that these issues were handled properly.
This is just the tip of the ice berg. There is more. Much more, and there are more and more citizens getting involved each day.
I further expect any other elected representative to support an effort to accomplish this audit.
I will leave with a link to an article that gives more detail to the phantom voter I described above, and with this graphic. What is seen in the graphic to quote my non political wife “didn’t happen”.