Nothing should be more self-evident than the simple statement that for an election to have legitimacy the counting process must be observable. If the votes are counted in secret “behind a curtain,” it does not matter how or by whom, the results lack legitimacy.
Q: In 100 words or less, tell me what you believe is
happening with American elections.
A: Computerized vote counting has opened the door, over the past decade, to large-scale fraud and election theft. Virtually all the vote counting equipment is produced and programmed by a few corporations with right-wing ties. There is strong and pervasive forensic evidence that votecounts are being shifted to the right, altering many election outcomes. Political intransigence strangely seems to be electorally rewarded rather than punished. As a result, American politics has veered, even as the pendulum appears to swing, inexorably and often inexplicably to the right. This amounts to a rolling coup that is transforming America while disenfranchising an unsuspecting public.
Q: How do you know the computers on which we vote are so susceptible to fraud?
A: There is virtual unanimity among the experts who have studied electronic voting that insiders or hackers can change the results of elections without leaving a trace—at least not the kind of trace that any election administrator is likely to find. These studies have come from institutions such as Johns Hopkins, Princeton, University of Michigan, The
Brennan Center For Social Justice at NYU, the states of California and Ohio, and even the US Government Accountability Office. 12 White-hat hackers such as Harri…
Risk-Limiting Audit (RLA), put
forward by several Election Integrity advocates with strong backgrounds in statistics,42 in which the extent or magnitude of the audit essentially varies in inverse proportion to the size of the first-count margin of an election: closer finishes draw bigger audits. The RLA has much to commend it and, if faithfully
The vulnerability is manifest; the stakes are enormous; the
incentive is obvious; the evidence is strong and persistent.
Any system so clearly at risk of interference and gross
manipulation cannot and must not be trusted to tally the votes in any future elections.