From the original facebook post:
Folks, DEF-CON in Las Vegas proved again that our elections have been computerized, privatized, and outsourced! A voting system that we at AUDIT AZ see as a system that was built to cheat. (see video link below) A system for many years with built-in impunity to steal. A system run with a failed concept known as “Security by Obscurity,” which ultimately became the handy rationale for skirting transparency and fighting record request into the inter working and, once uncover, led us into the world of the insiders and who really runs/program elections.
A tipping point is coming! 2016 / 2017 are the years that the average American is learning that their elections are easily gamed. Either we have elections that are transparent, trackable and publicly verified, and then maybe more people will vote!
Or 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!!!
In Las Vegas I filmed most of the speakers and will have up very soon. I also circulated close to 600 copies of this 2-page abstract: “Publicly Verified Elections are Key to De-Corrupting Our Democracy NOW!” Link to doc: http://tinyurl.com/y9sf2r77
According to longtime friend and attorney Bill Risner, “Every study of the security of computer voting systems has identified insiders such as company employees and/or vendors and election department employees as the primary security risks. These same vendors when having their software certified, instructed the test labs “NOT” to check the software for security.” Court video. https://youtu.be/JE0kOvFjn_0
The referenced document:
In an “ah ha” moment, election integrity investigators realized that 40% of the voting optical scanners presently in use have the built-in ability to transparently verify reported election results RIGHT NOW! The optical scanner 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 election 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/ya62xet2
Even so-called “Logic and Accuracy tests” done before or after an election begins are subject to programmable overrides. Auditor Mickey Duniho, a master programmer retired after 37 years with the National Security Agency (NSA), testified in court: “[A] L & A test only shows that the machines are working right at that moment.”…
Our linked document delivers a road map that shows in detail what activists can do to accomplish these goals in a short timeframe. We explain the problems, the equipment and the technology and offer a relatively simple solution that can be done before the next big election.
Working together with small groups of concerned citizens and on-call experts, we can fix the problems of unreliable elections QUICKLY. Election integrity activists throughout the country could follow the AUDIT-AZ plan to force election officials to make scanned ballot images public records available to the public for auditing.
Some of these legal actions can be financially costly. To keep costs manageable, close collaboration with experts is necessary to develop cases that are simple and on point. In many states, when activists prevail in a Mandamus Suit, the defendant (election officials and government agencies) must pay plaintiff’s costs and attorney’s fees.
Our job must be to investigate, educate and litigate by utilizing special legal actions that move fast. We have a plan. We’re doing it in Arizona and you can too. Please study our paper:http://tinyurl.com/yb7yxtc3
The movement for election transparency is NOW! It needs people who believe in what Margaret Mead said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
For our democracy to recover, We the People must understand and address these three major issues: Election Fraud, Voter Suppression, and (hopefully, by 2020 if we prevail in these lawsuits in court, we will have won enough seats to take it on legislatively) the very serious problem of Gerrymandering.
Our paper goes into detail by giving a view of the problems and how we can take away the impunity of the Black Box to cheat by making it into a transparent box!