Guest post by Chris Paige
America’s supervisors of election must have missed the fundamental message of Matthew Broderick’s War Games: some jobs should never be assigned to computers.
On Saturday, October 29, 2022, at the DoubleTree Orlando Downtown Hotel in Orlando, Florida, the American Citizens & Candidates Forum for Election Integrity hosted its second Florida Election Integrity Conference. Journalist Carolyn Ryan moderated the event, which featured five panels and several speakers, all of whom warned against the dangers of digitizing our elections and demanded a return to old-fashioned manual elections.
Ms. Ryan left a promising career in the mainstream media after realizing her own news station and others were censoring relevant stories and facts pertaining to civil unrest, Covid, and the 2020 election. In her words, “It became clear the industry had changed.” She punctuated her brief remarks with a video highlighting Democratic leader after Democratic leader questioning Republican victories in 2000, 2004 and 2016. Apparently, these Democrats don’t know the meaning of the word “hypocrisy.”
The Conference’s first panel was composed of Floridians who discussed their experiences with Florida elections. Kris Jurski, who started The People’s Audit, noted that his organization had discovered thousands of voters whose addresses had been changed shortly before the election only to be changed back shortly after their ballots had been mailed to – and returned from – their new suspect addresses; in Lake County, he also found ballots from thousands of addresses that appeared to be undeliverable.
Wendy Nissan of Florida Fair Elections noted that many ballots appeared to be printed, rather than signed, when examined under a magnifying glass.
Although both speakers noted that there may be innocent explanations for these discrepancies, they both lamented what they described as the system’s complete lack of interest in investigating their concerns.
Michael Thompson from Florida for America First, a Conference sponsor, described his team’s efforts to interview each of Florida’s elected Supervisors of Election; he noted that they claimed to be very worried about misinformation, disinformation, and violence against poll workers, but they admitted they had no specific information to support any of their concerns. In short, our Supervisors of Election appear to be worried about everything other than election fraud.
Lou Marin of the Florida Republican Assembly said his organization’s goal was ensuring, “elections, not selections,” which was a phrase seconded by many others.
The panel concluded with a condemnation of ERIC, a system that a consortium of states developed to keep voting records up-to-date, but which panelists argued lacked the transparency, independence, and accuracy required. Several panelists worried about ERIC’s connection to George Soros, a financier who has invested millions in far-left causes and candidates. Mr. Jurski added that Fiddler Elections, which prints many of Florida’s ballots, has ties to Marc Early, the Supervisor of Elections for Leon County, through Mr. Early’s wife.
The second panel had six first-time candidates who decried the corruption they believed they had experienced in their party primaries. Tamara Johnson-Shealy wondered how she lost a Georgia primary in which more than 112,000 votes were cast, but only 70,000 were counted. Keith Blandford from South Carolina warned that Americans were suffering under the early stages of a process the culminated in the “Color Revolutions” across the world. Tim Canova is a former Florida Democrat who primaried Debbie Wasserman Schultz, former Chair of the DNC. He explained how he raised millions to finance his campaign, including an extensive door-to-door canvassing of potential voters that strongly suggested he would win, only to lose by exactly the margin “mistakenly’ announced by the local news before any votes had been counted. Laura Loomer echoed Mr. Canova’s experiences, vehemently denouncing Florida Republicans for their allegedly weak and ineffectual response to election fraud.
The third panel consisted of a number of Republican candidates for Secretary of State in several states, including Jim Marchant of Nevada; the panelists agreed the Republican voters must become more involved in the election process and that Republican voters must demand voting reforms, agreeing that politicians only respond to political pressure, rather than logic or facts.
Seth Keshel presented the highlights of his case against the 2020 election. He noted that President Trump won 18 of the 19 bellwether counties – counties that always voted for the winner since 1980 – in 2020. Trump also won 94% of the vote in the Republican primaries, an almost unheard-of feat. Since 1884, every president who won more votes in his bid for re-election than in his election had won, save for Trump and Grover Cleveland. Everywhere he looked, Keshel found far more votes for Democrats than registration or population trends would have suggested.
Dr. Doug Frank condemned Fox News, which he described as the enemy. According to Dr. Frank, no county in America had the same number of ballots as voters. Orange County, Florida, for example, had 6300 more ballots than voters. In Wisconsin, every county saw its voter rolls swell by 25% shortly before the election, only to see those voters disappear from the rolls shortly after the election.
Whistle-blower Cynthia Harris described a vote-buying scheme that targeted vulnerable seniors, particularly persons of color, who thought Democratic canvassers were “helping” them cast their ballots when, in fact, they were simply stealing their votes. Ms. Harris backed her accusations with video testimony from elderly victims of these practices.
The next panel brought testimony from a variety of tech experts, who all agreed that machines cannot be rendered “hack” proof. The fundamental problem is that machines do not create an audit trail as anything machines create or store – including photos or scans – can be altered. Phil Evans, a mathematician specializing in election fraud, reminded the audience that it’s not really a choice between human error and potential computer fraud, “It’s a choice between human error and systemic fraud.”
Patrick Byrne, founder of the sponsoring organization, closed the event by recounting his own experience in business. Computers simply do not constitute unmitigated blessings; rather, they can create needless complications and confusion that invite fraud.
Whatever the merits of our current system of elections, no one can dispute that digital elections suffer from unique risks for two (2) reasons: 1. Digital elections are more centralized and standardized than manual elections, minimizing the costs while maximizing the benefits of cheating, and 2. Digital elections cannot be audited, substantially reducing the costs that cheaters will be caught and punished.
When thousands of precincts count ballots manually at or about the same time, it’s virtually impossible for cheaters to learn how many fake ballots or fake voters she needs in time; in stark contrast, computers make the information cheaters’ need readily available. When combined with extended voting periods and “late” received vote-by-mail ballots, the current system makes cheating infinitely easier.
Similarly, digital elections produce only digital records, which can be altered in ways that are difficult or impossible to detect.
Consequently, when politicians, pundits, or members of the media claim that cheating has not been a significant problem in the past, it’s important to remember that Americans now use an entirely different voting system – a change that renders such objections to election doubts obsolete at best.