James E Horn
I have voted in every election since 1961 when I was twenty-one years old and freshly out of the military. I have voted using paper ballots, punch cards, mechanical machines, and possibly/probably rigged electronic machines. I have also voted by absentee ballot.
When I started voting, a photo ID was required to verify U.S. citizenship. This must be a nationwide requirement to verify that only verified U.S. citizens may cast a ballot. Anyone and everyone disputing this requirement must be treated as crackpots. Hate based outfits like the ACLU are hung up on the photo ID thing claiming it is racist. No, it is appropriate to verify who we citizens are. If we must take measures to not upset someone’s racist applecart, then we can establish a national standard for all 50-states, the District of Columbia, and US territories to use a thumb print and/or a retinal scan.
I have traveled, lived and worked abroad for 25-years as an American diplomat. As a mostly casual observer, I learned how different nations conduct their elections/polling where some countries had as many as sixteen political parties. They got their ballots counted on election day.
We are supposed to be a world leader in technology. But when it comes to balloting and tabulating ballots, we are a laughing stock banana republic of the third rank. Corruption abounds! With all of our high technology, it takes weeks to tabulate (weeks to corrupt the process and install fake, manufactured ballots into the electronic systems which can be hacked, manipulated, and corrupted). Nobody with two functioning brain cells believes in the integrity of our system/s. When people complain that elections have been stolen, they are 100% correct!
We’re using electronic devices made by countries that do NOT have our best interests in mind, that have a vested interest in the outcomes of our elections, who can and likely do manipulate our votes.
We have the capability to do it right. Why aren’t we doing it right?
All foreign made machines must be returned to their manufacturers who must give us a refund on each machine, or simply trashed.
We need visible hard ballots, either paper or punch cards that can be verified by individual voters or non-partisan monitors throughout the process. Everything must be tabulated in an open, visible process (no black boxes) that does not employ any computerized gadgetry vulnerable to hacking or manipulation.
Our voting/tabulating equipment must be:
• American made.
• Stand alone with no external wires or power supply cords.
• Battery powered.
• Tempest proof – no emissions.
• Shielded from the full spectrum of RF interference.
• Tamper proof.
Everybody with functioning brain cells must rain again and again on any and all officials involved in any way and every way to get the above done, to restore viability, integrity, efficiency, TRUST. This must be done before the next national elections take place.
End the Corruption NOW!