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”.
Here's something to get behind. It's a bill that's been filed to require a forensic audit of the largest counties in TX. Personally, I would rather see it done a different way and there are some timing issues that could come into play the way this is written, but it is better than nothing. These are the counties that would be involved
I found a phantom voter today. I didn’t have to look far, because he's at my address. I’ve had a copy of the voter registration data for Tarrant County TX for a while, but I just discovered that it only contained people that are listed as having voted. No one is listed that didn’t vote in the General election.
I recently became the Republican Precinct Captain for my area and I was sent another more recent version of that document that showed all registrations. Two people live at this address, but four people are registered to vote here. My wife, my self, and my step daughter who hasn’t lived here in quite some time are registered here, but also a young man named Josh Fox who is 27 years old. Now I’ve owned this house for 21 years and never met Josh that I know of.
An internet search of that name seems to indicate it isn’t a very common one. The main hit is for the film producer that did the documentary Gasland that demonized fracking. Why might I think that might be relevant? Tarrant County Texas has more fracked wells than I can count. My area of the county is filthy with them and in fact my house sits directly on top of one. I have spoken out in defense of fracking on the internet on many occasions, using my real name including on progressive sites such as Common Dreams and others. At least until they blocked my registration.
Anybody think this is a coincidence? Me neither. This was done purposefully by someone and that shows that there is an individual sitting around thinking of things like this to do. A thief, liar and traitor.
It is worth noting that the bad guys can see that my daughter hasn’t voted here in several years. That supplies them with head room that’s needed to cheat. She lives in another county now and has not registered there, but the county will not allow me to remove her even though I can attest that she doesn't live in a house that the county knows I own.
This will be a little about the NH audit, but more about the difficulty of scanning ballots in general. NH is using some of the oldest equipment out there. On the order of your pre windows PC's. Windham Township had 10K ish voters in the last general election. The Audit team has taken all of those ballots and put them through each of their four machines. They got a different total each time and none of those totals matched the general election. The difference was as high as 10% in some cases. No one knows why that's happening yet, and It doesn't seem to be anything nefarious causing it. One current theory is that some of the folds on the mail in ballots were over the ovals for selections and confused the machines. The machines however did not reject the ballot or indicate there was a problem. In my view it doesn't matter. We haven't proved fraud, but we have proved that these machines are unreliable and should not be used for elections. I know this, you aren't using them to count my money.
Accurate ballot scanning is an issue in AZ too but it's much more complicated. It's so complicated that I don't have a complete grasp of the issue and I don't think more than a few people do. Maricopa county has like 150 precincts. They also did something novel where they had several centers where anyone could go vote regardless of where they were registered. That's a lot of different ballots. In those cases the poll books told a high speed printer to print your specific ballot. The failure rate in scanning those was very high. Now you have ballots that have to have some type of special handling.
The Dominion equipment has a judication ability built in that you nor I should like, but Maricopa used a different method to adjudicate those ballots. This is but one of the things not well understood. Special handling means that the system is not going to work efficiently and there's now additional opportunities for the vote to be played with among other issues. In Maricopa it seems that the adjudication may have been done at the printing contractors facility and we are unaware of any observers that were there.
In addition to the high speed printed ballots, the regularly printed ballots had issues too. This gets real fuzzy now. It appears that the further down the ticket you go, the more errors there were. AZ has lots of little jurisdictions so there's lots of down ballot races. These errors were actually noted on the AZ website and are way above Federal standards. these machines are actually flagging errors - at least some of them. Imagine that you accidentally voted for two people in the same race. You would want that to be flagged. Now the scanner doesn't read your vote in another race. It won't likely flag that. It could be that you just didn't vote in that race. If that machine flagged every ballot that lacked a vote in a race, that would be a ton of ballots. On the other hand if it didn't read your vote in that race, your vote didn't count and there's no reporting of that issue. There's a ton of other issues here and I'm not sure I understand them all.
Runbeck, the company that was printing those ballots also printed the Tarrant county mail in ballots. In person we used a touch screen to vote and it printed the ballot, but the mailed ballots had to be of a conventional type. About 30% of our mail in ballots failed to scan due to printing errors. They were hand duplicated and I don't know much else about that process other than it shouldn't have been happening. Runbeck is based in Maricopa county FWIW.
Just a little light reading to start your day. Not that I think a lot of people got this far, but I hope y'all have a great weekend.