With each passing day, I am more and more convinced that we have a lot more work to do to get ourselves an honest election for the 2020 Primary and beyond. I have a spoiler alert for those of you who are still wondering about SB1. The answer is “NO, this is NOT the best Election Law Ever”, contrary to the claims of Governor Abbott and other state legislators. I am telling you this at the beginning so you’ll know right up front where I’m heading with this blog post today. You can read my in-depth analysis of SB1 in the previous blog post dated 10/27/21. For now, I will focus on the biggest problem in our election system and what we must do to fix it.
First things first, I want to talk to you about the books in my home. These books are loaded with wonderful, valuable information, carefully authored and meticulously recorded. My books could last forever if stored properly and handled with care. I have hundreds and hundreds of books all over my house, and even though they take up a considerable amount of space, I think it's well worth it to have the information in these books at my finger tips. I can see the books, touch them, guard them, and read them anytime I want. In fact, I was willing to sacrifice space in my house for beautiful wall art so I could have those walls for more book cases to hold my books. You might be thinking “This lady is living in the stone-age? Hasn't she heard of ebooks?”.
Well, yes I have heard of ebooks. As I write this blog, I have sitting on my desk a brand new thumb drive, small enough to fit right in my pocket and big enough to contain the electronic versions of not only my books, but also all the books in the Library of Congress, and probably some of your books too! It's true that I could buy lots of ebooks and have convenient, quick and easy access to all of my books. Then I could have all of the books I wanted AND walls of beautiful art - all at the same time. I could have my cake and eat it too.
And THAT my friends is just the type of rationale that cost President D. Trump his re-election. Let me explain what I mean by that. And when I do, I think you will see why SB1 will not give us an honest election in our Primary next March.
In contrast to my ebooks, real books do take up a large amount of space and they can be cumbersome and more time consuming to manage and maintain and keep up to date. But, unlike an ebook where just a single key stroke can instantly delete forever any amount of information one chooses, it takes a lot more energy to destroy the information written down in the printed book. More importantly, once a real book is published, it's very difficult to alter the information printed on these pages.
However, this is not the case with my ebooks! On my ebook, with the right software, in a matter of seconds, I could search my entire library of ebooks for the word 'idiot' and have it instantly replaced with the name ‘Joe Biden’, and I could do this without eraser marks or white-out blotches - no torn paper or any other indication that my edit wasn't exactly what the author originally intended.
But of course, I’m not really wanting to write about ebooks and wall art. I want to write about something much more weighty: Stolen Elections and How To Stop Them From Happening Again.
Over the last 10 years or so, our county elections departments started implementing electronic voting systems for early voting and then shifted completely over to all electronics in 2019 and 2020. We went from a manual system of physical paper poll books, precinct only voting, on hand marked paper ballots, with manual tabulation and paper records of vote results —to— electronic poll books, electronic ballot markers with electronic tabulation and electronic storage of vote results. We digitized everything! This shift created a gaping security hole, where voter rolls, records of voter check ins, and vote results can be easily accessed, altered, or entirely deleted with little or no evidence of tampering - making stolen elections profoundly doable.
And when that happens, here’s what you get:
Are stolen elections consequential? You bet they are!
But did the electronics in the election process really get hacked and cost Trump and others their elections? Let’s look at some numbers that many of us have heard before but bear repeating to prove the point:
The real numbers point to a solid win for Trump.
On a more local level, I can speak to what happened in Dallas County:
I have so many examples of incontrovertible proof that voter rolls and voter check in records were manipulated and that vote results were changed, but at this point, I want to shift from looking back to looking forward.
SB1 was a terrible bill. As I stated previously, you can read the highlights of my analysis of SB1 in my 10/27/21 blog post.
SB1 is terrible, not because it only has a few nice tweaks here and there and not because of the many unintended consequences in the bill - like our poll watchers being much worse off in their ability to observe and report cheating.
No, SB1 was a terrible bill is because it does not address the monster in the other room, that is, the computers used in our election process.
So here’s where the rubber meets the road. We need to get ourselves a new bill. Not just one big omnibus bill, but lots of small bills addressing one by one the components needed to run an election without computers. The list of things that we need to have if we are going to get the computers out of the election process can be found at the end of this post.
The process for how we’re going to go about getting ourselves these new bills begins and ends with resolutions - starting at the bottom of the food chain. The resolutions we need will list exactly what has to happen in order to run an election without computers. A template for your resolutions is also at the bottom of this post.
To start the resolutions process, we need resolutions passed by the Executive Committee of Precinct Chairs for your County Party. Then we need the resolutions passed at the Precinct Convention, and likewise at the Senate District Convention, then finally at the State Convention so that our GOP Party Platform demands that we run our elections without computers.
Once the State GOP Party Platform makes honest elections a priority, then we fight like hell to get our state leadership and legislators to give us what “we the people” want in the next legislative session. This will be the hardest work you’ve ever done, but it will be a lot harder to suffer the consequences of stolen elections. So, let’s get to work! Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to help.
The Honest Elections List:
Resolution Template Calling for Honest Elections:
Whereas, SB1 does not address the major opportunities for fraud in our elections
Whereas, Transparency & access to equipment, procedures, and raw data (from Precinct, County, and SOS) are critical to honest elections;
Whereas, Audit-ability & Accountability (from Precinct, County, and SOS) are necessary for honest elections;
Whereas, Audit must be precisely defined;
Whereas, Recourse & Remedies by the Legislature and Judiciary must be available to the citizenry when elections are called into question;
Whereas, Meaningful Deterrents must be in the Penal Code;
Whereas, Legal Standing for registered voters, candidates, poll watchers must be granted;
Let It Be Resolved that the New Election Law Bills provide:
(write separate resolutions for each of the following:)
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