"Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything." Communist Tyrant Josef Stalin
17, 2000 NA (Network America) e-wire
You BET It Looks Funny to Voters!!!
Network America e-wire says it all about mail in voting, and more. Contained
within this one story are key principles which illuminate why mail in, internet,
computer, and machine voting --- all NON-transparent voting processes as far as
the public is concerned – must be outlawed. This newspaper account is also a perfect lead in to the
upcoming Network America ewire on the Reform Party National Primary being
conducted with mail in and e-mail votes by eBallot.net Inc. (for the modest fee
newspaper story was sent to me by retired Hollywood detective and author, Gary
Wean. It ran in the Oregonian newspaper, Portland, Oregon’s newspaper since
1850. The newspaper story is dated May 23, 2000, and begins on page A-1.
are key excerpts from this important article:
School Tax Gets Tardy Pass
Counting more ballots and trimming voter rolls achieves the 50 percent turnout
necessary for passage of the $78 million levy.
By Michael A.W. Ottey and James Mayer, The Oregonian
from the body of the article: Mutnomah County election officials declared
Portland Public Schools $78 million tax increase a winner Monday, nearly a week
after reporting that voter turnout didn’t reach the required 50 percent.
in the vote by mail election steadily inched beyond 50 per cent as election
workers took five days to add voters who cast ballots outside the county and to
purge thousands of ineligible voters from the rolls.
know this must look funny to voters out there,” said Vicki Ervin, Multnomah
County elections director, describing the process that changed the outcome of
mathematics,” Ervin said. The number of ballots cast increased, she said, and
the number of eligible registered voters decreased. . . . . . .
election night, it looked grim for Portland school supporters.
officials projected defeat . . . School officials and Mayor Vera Katz conceded
defeat and planned another try in the general election . . .
did it turn around?
state law, county elections officials have 30 days after the election to review
voter lists and make changes.
the negative side of the equation, Multnomah election workers purged ineligible
voters after reviewing the ballots returned by the Postal Service. Many of those
individuals were still on the registration rolls yet had moved out of the school
district, the county or the state.
the plus side of the equation, the election night total of 105,947 did not
include ballots cast by voters who left the school measure blank. These
‘undervotes’ added about 9, 200 ballots. Then ballots turned in to other
counties added another 1,300, and damaged ballots that had to be counted by hand
added another 1,500 to the total.
50 per cent turnout requirement makes determining the number of eligible voters
a crucial calculation. On election day, Ervin said the school district had
242,006 registered voters. To remove names from the roll, without improperly
disenfranchising voters, the county uses specific types of evidence that a
person has moved.
election day, Multnomah County purged from the roll several thousand people who
had not voted in the past five years and who failed to respond to a notice sent
out by the county.
election day, the county removed the names of voters whose ballots were returned
by the post office as “undeliverable.” Election ballots cannot be forwarded.
Election workers had to verify in each case whether the voters updated their
registration by election day.
of Monday, removing those names had reduced the roll by 6,452 names, pushing the
turnout over 50 per cent . . .
of excerpts from article
to illustrate the lessons contained therein, we will re-quote some lines for the
above article, set off in quotation marks, followed by our Network America (NA)
comments. Then we will end this e-wire with a short catechism of questions and
answers on mail in ballots.
article: “Headline: School Tax Gets Tardy Pass -- Subheadline: Counting more
ballots and trimming voter rolls achieves the 50 percent turnout necessary for
passage of the $78 million levy.”
Comment: We are taking everything these election officials are saying on faith.
Since the votes were mailed in, we are taking it on faith that some faction in
or behind election headquarters did not switch some, a majority, or all of the
mail in ballots.
article: “Multnomah County election officials declared Portland Public Schools
$78 million tax increase a winner Monday, nearly a week after reporting that
voter turnout didn’t reach the required 50 percent. . . . It’s
mathematics,” Ervin said. The number of ballots cast increased, she said, and
the number of eligible registered voters decreased. . . .”
Comment: If the Board of Elections in each county would allow people to register
up until 30 days before the election, and then mail out post cards to all who
have registered, and then remove those who come back as undeliverable, which
process could be completed within 2 weeks, leaving almost 2 weeks to remove all
the undeliverables for the voting rolls, -- then the election day officials at
each voting precinct, usually neighborhood citizens, would have an accurate list
of eligible voters as the voting began on election day. . . . NEXT, if only
eligible voters who came to polls could vote, and if the votes were kept in a
transparent locked box (with a slot for dropping one’s marked ballot), and if
at closing time the ballots were counted in public by scrutineers from all
factions, and if the results were then posted in public view before the ballots
left the precinct ---- then, you would have a verifiable process where no one
would be taking anything on faith – the exact opposite of the process
described in this article about Multnomah county, Oregon –where everything had
to be taken on faith.
article: “On election night, it looked grim for Portland school supporters. .
. . Election officials projected defeat . . . School officials and Mayor Vera
Katz conceded defeat and planned another try in the general election . . .
Comment: Obviously, the Mayor and school officials had never heard of the
creative ways that the election officials snatched victory from the jaws of
defeat --- or they would never have conceded defeat on election night --- they
would have said, “We’ll wait for the after election procedures before we
comment.” NOW, every election can become like the old Dallas TV series, where
Bobby was killed, but then re-appeared in the shower after being “dead” for
one year. Solution? Every episode in the preceding year, you see, had just been
a dream of one of the characters of the Dallas cast.. OR, every election would
become like the first modern Superman movie, where Lois Lane died, but then
Superman flew around the earth over and over again so fast that he caused time
to actually reverse, and then revisited the scene BEFORE Lois died, and this
time saved her! In other words, potentially, with mail in and internet voting,
no election result can be considered final on election day. This is also
reminiscent of 1992 when, the day after the 1992 New Hampshire Primary, Larry
King began his show by informing guest Pat Buchanan that 10,000 ballots had been
“found” that morning in New Hampshire, dropping Buchanan from 40% to 37%.
article: “How did it turn around? . . . By state law, county elections
officials have 30 days after the election to review voter lists and make
changes. … On the negative side of the equation, Multnomah election workers
purged ineligible voters after reviewing the ballots returned by the Postal
Service. Many of those individuals were still on the registration rolls yet had
moved out of the school district, the county or the state.”
Comment: This is a terrible law. All voter registrations should be final on
election day. The only exception being if a voter could show that a clerical
error had been made. This would mean his postcard was erroneously returned as
undeliverable to the Board of Elections, which could be corrected with a quick
call to the appropriate post office. The postcard method of determining eligible
voters has proven a good one, and was used for most of this century. All motor
voter and instant registration methods MUST be done away with to have sane
article: “On the plus side of the equation, the election night total of
105,947 did not include ballots cast by voters who left the school measure
blank. These ‘undervotes’ added about 9, 200 ballots. Then ballots turned in
to other counties added another 1,300, and damaged ballots that had to be
counted by hand added another 1,500 to the total.”
Comment: What? These wonderful computers that counted the ballots in Multnomah
failed to count the 9,200 ballots – as ballots – just because the voters
didn’t mark a vote on the school levy issue??? Sounds preposterous. Again
we’re taking the whole thing on faith. Such would not be the case if the
ballots were counted in each neighborhood precinct by the neighborhood citizens.
Next, no ballots would be turned into other counties if everyone had to vote at
their neighborhood precinct. And damaged ballots? This damaged ballot scam would
be non-existent if the votes were counted immediately upon the closing of polls
in neighborhood precincts. Mr. Paul Ernst, long time Democratic worker in
Cincinnati, was told in the 1980s by officials at the Hamilton County Board of
Elections that up to 9% of the computer counted ballots were spoiled, i.e,
DESTROYED, during the process of trying to count ballots by the computer
process. How’s THAT for respecting the will of the voter. The whole thing is
totally absurd, and only a crook would want to keep such computerized, mail in
and internet voting processes in place once these realities are known.
article: “As of Monday, removing those names had reduced the roll by 6,452
names, pushing the turnout over 50 per cent . . .
comment: Since a turnout of over 50 per cent combined with a 50%+ favorable vote
from those who voted meant the $78 million levy passed instead of failed . . . .
. how conveeeeenient!!
for our brief catechism of questions and answers:
Could the election officials in Multnomah county have been telling the truth
about every aspect of the mail in process?
Yes, they could have been telling the truth about every aspect of the mail in
Could Vicki Ervin have been telling what she thought was the truth, but the
ballots have been manipulated by a team or teams of crooks unknown to her?
Yes, that is possible also.
Could the election officials have been lying about every phase of the post
election processes that changed the final result?
Yes, the election officials could have been lying about everything that changed
the election result.
Do we, the citizens, in this or any other election involving mail in or internet
or computer vote counting, have any way of telling if such election officials
No, we do not have any way of telling.
So what’s the answer?
On the spot voting in the neighborhood precinct by eligible voters, counted by
all factions of the neighborhood citizens in public as soon as the polls close
– as described above. If election day were a national holiday, and if those
working the polls and counting the votes were selected randomly as in jury duty,
and paid for their time, then there would be no problem in finding
non-government workers to do the job, which is at is should be. (As reported
elsewhere, India, Israel, Great Britain, and Canada count votes at the polling
place using citizens in roughly the way described above.)
Does this mean that absentee ballots would be outlawed?
It would mean that absentee ballots could be outlawed – not ideal, but
presently absentee and other mail in ballots make the whole election
unverifiable, with a strong advantage to manipulate results residing in the
hands of those running the Board of Elections – the very people who have the
most powerful motives to cheat, steal votes, and keep themselves in power. One
possible compromise suggested by honest election crusader Chuck Geshlider of
Nevada: have a large transparent fiber glass case, maybe 8 foot by 4 foot, in a
public place; have the postman deliver all absentee ballots directly into this
case, with all factions welcome to have witnesses at the case around the clock
OR to mount computer cameras, like security cameras, on the case at all times
during the absentee voting period, which should be no more than two weeks before
the election, ending at the time the polls close on election day. At that point
the case could be unlocked and absentee votes could be counted as in a
neighborhood precinct. Absentee voters would have to be identified, so that it
could be checked that they didn’t vote twice, and that no one had voted for
someone else. A proven election violation, in abentee voting as in all cases,
would involve 10 years in jail and loss of citizenship for life. (Remember, the
entire future of the country is at stake; the election process must be guarded
more excerpt from the article: “I know this must look funny to voters out
there,” said Vicki Ervin, Multnomah County elections director, describing the
process that changed the outcome of the election.
Comment: You bet it looks funny to voters, Miss Vicki!
Jim Condit Jr.
Director, Citizens for a Fair Vote Count
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