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Guest post by Paul S. Gardiner
This article identifies two very important elections activities where the opportunities for cheating need to be greatly minimized if not prevented. As discussed herein, these two activities encompass polling place operations and ballots/ballot tabulating.
It does little good for Republicans to continually predict monumental election wins in future years without spending equal amounts of energy and money to effectively prevent elections cheating and fraud. Sadly, a sometimes overlooked reality is that even the most desirable and qualified conservative candidates for political office can and most likely will lose elections when cheating and voter fraud occur.
Political observers generally agree that today's Democrat Party is controlled by its radical, far-left members/factions and various wealthy "woke" supporters. This conglomerate of leftists zealously strive to undermine America's constitutional republic by turning the nation into a one-party, totalitarian state where the far-left Democrat Party continuously wins important elections.
However, the recent multi-state "upset" election wins of numerous Republican conservative candidates, such as truck driver Edward Durr in New Jersey who dislodged Democrat state senate president Stephen Sweeney, and Glenn Youngkin who was elected Governor of Virginia, demonstrate that the Democrat leftist agenda may encounter significant problems. The multiple Republican election wins highlight the degree to which freedom-loving Americans do not support the "woke" and racist, anti-American agenda of the Democrat Party.
Realizing that their radical goals and ambitions are unattainable with tens of millions of patriotic Americans who love their country and their cherished freedoms, it is very probable that some/many members of the Democrat Party (and their wealthy "woke" supporters) will be highly motivated to cheat in future federal and state elections. Undoubtedly, many of these people believe that if cheating is required to win elections, it is a justifiable means to an end. Thus, Republicans and other freedom-loving Americans must guard against such efforts through effective counter-actions to successfully identify and nullify elections cheating activities.
Such counter-actions are especially needed in the 13 voter "battleground" states identified by Ballotpedia as Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin. It is believed that Virginia now can be added to this list for a total of 14 voter battleground states.
Two Important Actions To Guard Against Elections Cheating.
Two very important facets of federal and state elections where steps must be taken to decrease the potential for cheating are (1) polling place operations, and (2) ballots and ballot tabulating machines/software. Additional actions to decrease the potential for elections cheating include actions such as the recent announcement by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis about the formation of a special state office that will exclusively handle claims of elections fraud, thus putting would-be cheaters on notice that elections cheating will not be tolerated in Florida.
Polling Place Operations.
Regarding cheating at polling places where in-person voting occurs, Republicans and concerned citizens throughout the nation need to learn from and follow the example of Republican poll watchers in Virginia during the recent gubernatorial election. Prior to the election, an intensive Republican election integrity effort identified and trained over 3,500 poll watcher volunteers, many seeing themselves as bulwarks against elections fraud and cheating. An example training video can be viewed here:
In one Virginia county that had been trending Democrat for years, Republican poll watchers outnumbered Democrat poll watchers by 2 to 1 at each polling place in the county. One county elections registrar stated that "This year, we have had poll watchers here every day, all day long, watching the process of what’s going on.”
Poll watchers observed voter check-in procedures and actions related to ballot drop boxes. They observed electionsofficers opening voting equipment. They watched as elections officers reported the vote tallies at the end of the night, and they ensured that vote tallies were blank when the polling places opened in the morning. These actions and others were a concerted effort to identify and report any voting abnormalities or suspected cheating activities at polling locations.
Ballots and Ballot Tabulating Machines/Software.
Regarding cheating with ballots and ballot tabulating machines/software, it needs to be a high priority to convince state legislators in the above identified battleground states to return as much as possible to what the National Election Defense Coalition (NEDC) calls the voting "gold standard". This entails voters casting hand marked paper ballots (no use of touch screens) that are tabulated by hand counts of candidate selections on each ballot.
However, discussions with various state election officials indicate that a total implementation of the NEDC's voting "gold standard" is not feasible/realistic. Reasons given for this belief include (1) hand counts take far too much time to complete and (2) many additional people and facilities are required to conduct hand counts at significantly higher costs to taxpayers.
The next best available option is to use hand marked paper ballots that have a unique identification code embedded in each ballot for accountability and auditing purposes. Ballot
counting or tabulation would be accomplished by low cost, non-communicating, specially outfitted optimal mark recognition (OMR) scanners. Tabulation outputs or reports from scanners would only be in paper "hard copy" formats that could be hand carried, faxed, or called into a centralized location for further statewide tabulation.
One company, Gravic, Inc., a leading provider of OMR software, is developing a "proof of concept" demonstration for how the above equipment configuration/architecture might work in a state like Georgia which has 159 counties with approximately 2300 polling places throughout the state. The company indicates that the demonstration, which will encompass accounting for absentee mail-in ballots in all 159 counties, should be available for viewing early 2022.
It is recognized that a full implementation of the above voting equipment configuration may not be possible in time for the 2022 federal election. However, this should not preclude consideration of a partial implementation prior to the election, perhaps in the most highly populated counties in a state. Following the conclusion of the 2022 election, the remainder of the states' polling places could receive and test the new voting equipment configuration.
In conclusion, serious efforts soon need to be undertaken by not only Republicans but also many other concerned citizens and citizen groups to minimize the opportunities for cheating and fraudulent activities in federal and state elections---in ALL elections for that matter. The 2022 federal election is less than a year away, and it is especially important that the 14battleground states identified herein be as free as possible from cheating and fraudulent activities.
Paul S. Gardiner is a retired Army officer, Vietnam veteran, and avid lover of America and its treasured freedoms. He serves as president of a Georgia Republican group with several hundred members. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Alabama, and the US Army War College.
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How are we to ever have a fraud free election when some states are working hard to make sure and ignore any reports of mischief? Even our judiciary wish to dismiss serious charges of foul play. Honesty in politics is like the Holy Grail, missing. In fact, where politics are involved lying is the number one prerequisite. With government at all levels resisting revisiting results tells me that elections in the U.S. are anything but fair and honest.