A couple weeks ago several members of Tri-City Tea Party participated in a San Diego workshop to fight election fraud. There we met another participant, Ray Usell, a retired engineer who is a member of two tea parties: Poway and Rancho Bernardo (where he serves on the steering committee). Thanks go to Ray, who took the time to write a summary of the workshop and send it to share with you.
Election Integrity Workshop – R. Usell report
This reports on the Election Integrity Project Workshop February 4th & 5th in San Diego. Citizens from CA and NV attended. Sessions were fast moving so my notes are fragmentary. My personal conclusion is the Left is losing the public debate and is moving toward more corrupt “Chicago thug-like” tactics. The purpose of the 10+ hours was to introduce and describe:
Related to the above, there were two hour-long sessions on the power of Social Media tools (e.g., Facebook, YouTube, Flickr) for getting “your messages” widely noticed. One reason is improvements in CA Election Integrity will take hundreds of volunteers for each County. Effective poll watching on Election Day alone takes at least two trained volunteers per poll!—AND there are many other tasks to be done.
Cleaning up registered voter rolls is a time intensive task. The manpower need for the Project will require a strong and wide communication effort for recruiting and for countering charges of racism and xenophobia that likely will come up. There were two hour-long sessions on the kinds of attacks we can expect and how they can be thwarted using Social Media.
CA Election Status: Some concerned citizens volunteered for the GOP poll watching effort last November. Their assessment is it was inadequate for the task. Poll watchers had difficulty reaching the GOP attorneys for directions on what to do. There was little energy put into following up on trouble reports. There is very little effort watching the counting process, which is manned by Public Employee Union members. The Provisional ballot process is a likely area of fraud.
Last election, over 80% of the Provisional ballots were counted with little checking. Ballots were bulk delivered to polling locations and accepted with little checking. People were seen voting multiple times at one location. Busloads of people were brought in to vote and given “cheat sheets” to take in the booth. There appeared to be collusion between some poll workers and the people delivering multiple ballots. Honest citizens showing up to vote found their vote had already been cast. The Voter registration process is also in trouble. High numbers of last minute registrations swamp the validation effort. Citizen validation efforts uncovered double-digit numbers of people registered to single family residences, people registered at addresses which are not residences and people admittedly non-citizens registered.
Some of the above is based on antidotal reports, but there are enough of them to motivate me to get involved.
There is some quantitative data as well. In five CA Congressional districts there was solid pre-election polling data to indicate the races would be close. The races were lost by wide margins; the number 20% was mentioned. Vote re-counts are not practical. The costs in CA vary from $20K/day to $100K/day for a re-count depending on the County. Neither candidates nor Parties have the money for re-counts. The TX “True the Vote” effort certainly has revealed compelling evidence of a systematic coordinated effort to win elections by cheating in that state. One County had over 700 incident reports from poll watchers.
There are reports from other states as well. The idea “the Ends justify the Means” is alive and well in American elections.
TX True the Vote help: The TX effort is a couple years ahead of CA. It’s manned by dedicated patriots willing to help other states with training and software tools for checking registration rolls. They believe our Republic is at stake! They made mistakes and learned from them. They can give general guidance, BUT CA election laws differ from TX AND County Registrars of voters operate somewhat differently County-to-County within CA.
There has to be a strong research effort in each CA County to understand the differences and adjust training accordingly. The CA Election Code is about 1000 pages.
Overall Timeline: Here is the timeline presented at the Workshop slightly embellished by me:
The immediate skills and activity needs between now and a March 25th-26th meeting in TX.
This is “spread the word” month. Election fraud cannot be fixed once it happens. It must be prevented. The poll watchers from the last election are convinced their presence helped prevent fraud on election day AT THOSE POLLS, but the fraud probably moved to unattended polls. Monitoring vote counts needs to be fully manned. Research needs to be done on CA election law and County Registrars of Voters materials. Legislation needs proposed to tighten up the Provisional ballot process. The “True the Vote” effort produced 22 specific ideas for improving existing TX Election legislation. We need a list for CA laws. This was not mentioned at the Workshop, but I think money needs raised for materials and training efforts.
By Selwyn Duke, American Thinker
The reports are rolling in from all over the country. A Craven County, NC resident attempts to vote a straight Republican ticket but his choices come up straight Democrat four times, despite receiving assistance from poll workers. In NC’s Lenoir County, registered Democrat Ervin Norville also tries to vote straight Republican but finds that his ballot has the names of several Democrat candidates selected. Boulder City, NV resident Joyce Ferrara says that when she and several others went to vote for Sharon Angle, they found that Senator Harry Reid’s name was already checked off. In Dallas County, TX’ congressional district 30, Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson’s name was the only one on the ballot in a few locations (no, she isn’t running unopposed). And some states have been late in mailing out military absentee ballots, whose recipients, interestingly, are known for their Republican leanings.