Is It Voter Fraud Season? Let’s Hope Not

n recent years there have been far too many cases in which elections in America have been rigged. As a result of court involvement, the guilty parties have in some cases spent time in prison, in some cases been released on parole, and in some cases paid fines for their involvement. You might assume that new safeguards have been put in place to restore public confidence in the fairness of elections in America. Unfortunately, however, many proposed safeguards have been politicized in ways that have prohibited their use.

In a recent sampling of voting fraud in America, the Heritage Foundation reported on almost 300 documented cases from 43 states. In each and every one of these cases, either the individuals were convicted of fraud, or the results of the election were overturned.

In 267 of these cases, the judicial decisions came down in the last 16 years, beginning in 2000. The types of fraud included ineligible voters, impersonation of registered voters, duplicate voting, buying votes, bribery, false registrations, and the fraudulent use of absentee ballots. The latter two charges were most frequent, with false registrations involved in 83 of these cases and the fraudulent use of absentee ballots in 69 of these cases.

I began pondering the potential for absentee ballot fraud during the 2008 presidential election cycle. My mother was in her last few months of life, living in a nursing home, and I worked to make sure she had the opportunity to vote, if she chose to do so.

During her final months, she had some clear lucid moments, but many times of foggy confusion. One day when I visited her, she told me about the newly invented food called potato chips. She had lost all memory of eating potato chips during her adult years, and had reverted to her childhood depression-era years, when she had no memory of potato chips. She was so excited about this recent invention. Opening a bag of potato chips was so delightful for her, yet so symbolic for us, as we recognized her serious dementia.

Yet, at other times, mental clarity returned. During these times she would talk about her desire to vote for her long-serving senator. She had lived for two decades in Arizona and wanted to cast her presidential ballot for Senator McCain.

My siblings and I were regulars at the nursing home. There was rarely a day when Mom was not visited. Getting her to complete her absentee ballot simply required waiting for a clear lucid moment, showing her the options, and getting her signature. It took several tries, but eventually Mom completed her absentee ballot, proud to vote for her senator.

On one of my visits to the nursing home that fall, the social worker had encouraged me to allow him to handle Mom’s absentee ballot. I guess that procedure might help seniors who have been forgotten by their families, but I saw no reason to seek such assistance, given our regular visits to Mom. We as her kids were more confident that she would be able to cast her desired vote if we handled her ballot, rather than turning it over to the social worker. Is there some way to assure that senior citizens are in fact casting their ballots for their preferred candidates?

In the United Kingdom, they have passed some legislation to reduce the ability of social workers to commandeer a pile of absentee ballots, a procedure they have called “granny farming.” The recent legislation prevents a single voter from acting as a proxy for more than two non-family members, therefore requiring more people to be involved in any fraud. It is not clear, however, that this has reduced the overall problem.

When states have tried to pass voter fraud legislation, they have often been accused of trying to disenfranchise minority voters. The failure to develop reasonable laws to protect the sanctity of voting in America, will, however, eventually disenfranchise all voters, and the entire electoral process. It is time for American politicians to protect the votes of all Americans.

Let’s hope the 2016 primary and general election is free from voter fraud.

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Watch: Undercover Journalists Reveal Jaw-Dropping Truth About US Elections

The 2016 United States presidential primary started with last week’s caucuses in Iowa, and has continued this week in New Hampshire–but not without controversy.

As Western Journalism reported, much controversy exists over the caucus results from Iowa. And now, more controversy is emerging from the Granite State.

Undercover journalists from Project Veritas Action, armed with hidden video cameras, captured state election officials, campaign officials, and campaign workers in what one could say borders on voter fraud.

Project Veritas’ investigators posed as would-be voters. One of them presented herself at a polling station, asking questions of Emily Croots, an election official in Durham, N.H.

“Okay, and how long do I have to live in New Hampshire before I can vote today?”asked the investigator.

Croots responded, “Not long. I don’t know. There’s not really a set time.”

The investigator asked a follow-up question: “Okay, and how long do I have to stay in New Hampshire to vote today?”

“Um, there’s no requirement,” Croots replied.

The Project Veritas investigation continued, with the investigator saying she didn’t have any identification and was told all she had to do was fill out and sign a verification form giving a name and an address.

In another instance, after telling the Project Veritas undercover journalist she needed to have been in the state for 48 hours prior to voting, Lacy Bang, a poll worker from Portsmouth, N.H., told her she could use her Massachusetts driver’s license. “If you’re here today, you vote, you can be gone,” Bang said.

In another revealing conversation, Donna Waterman (a Bernie Sanders campaign staffer) confessed that even out-of-state campaign workers vote in the New Hampshire primary. “All of our paid canvassers have done it, It’s very, very, easy.” Continuing on, Waterman added: “I don’t know the legality of it.  Perhaps it’s voter fraud.”

James O’Keefe, head of Project Veritas Action, then confronted a few of the individuals seen in the video; but mum was the reaction he received, even being told to leave at one point.

It appears, from the different answers to the residency questions, that no one interviewed really seemed to know how long one had to have been a resident of New Hampshire in order to vote; and no one seemed to know how long one had to stay in the state for their vote to have been valid.  Likewise, no one appeared to be concerned with issues of voter identification.

O’Keefe concluded that the laws in New Hampshire concerning voter identification, registration, and validation need more attention from the state’s lawmakers.

California Just Passed A Measure That Could Have Terrifying Consequences For Elections

California Governor Jerry Brown (pictured above) signed into law on Saturday a bill which could potentially result in many illegal aliens being able to vote in future elections.

He signed into law Assembly Bill 1461, the New Motor Voter Act, which will automatically register people to vote through the DMV.

Illegal immigrants became eligible to hold driver’s licenses in California with the passage of Assembly Bill 60, The Safe and Responsible Driver Act, in 2013.

Election Integrity Project of California President Linda Paine said that the bill signed into law by Brown “will effectively change the form of governance in California from a Republic whose elected officials are determined by United States citizens and will guarantee that noncitizens will participate in all California elections going forward.”

The Election Integrity Project of California furthermore said that the law will result in “‘state sanctioned’ voter fraud.”

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said, however, that “The New Motor Voter Act will make our democracy stronger by removing a key barrier to voting for millions of California citizens. Citizens should not be required to opt in to their fundamental right to vote. We do not have to opt in to other rights, such as free speech or due process.”

One Public Policy Institute of California survey revealed that, among unregistered adults, 49% lean toward the Democratic Party, and 22% lean toward the Republican Party.

Stephen Frank of California Political Review said: “AB 1461 assures corruption of our elections–our elections will look like those of Mexico and other corrupt nations–and honest people will stop voting since illegal aliens will out vote them.”

What do you think of Jerry Brown signing into law the New Motor Voter Act?

2016 Election – It’s The Corruption, Stupid

There is a potential winning coalition in America, one including Democrats and Republicans, men and women, and all racial and ethnic groups, who believe in one simple proposition – honest, representative government.

We do not have either.

What we do have is a political-media system representing the interests of an oligarchy, a form of government in which all power is vested in a dominant class. It is composed of financiers and their political and media whores, who finance their avarice by using the tax revenues squeezed from hard-working Americans as a personal hedge fund.

The present American political system is a “totalitarian democracy“, one in which “lawfully” elected representatives rule a nation-state whose citizens, although granted the right to vote, have little or no participation in the decision-making process of government, nor whose views are ever seriously considered except when they parallel the interests of the oligarchy.

The United States may have traveled too far down the road to perdition to be saved; but if there is to be salvation, the American people must recognize and directly address the single, most important issue facing the country: the hopeless corruption of our political-media culture.

American politicians, collectively, both Democrat and Republican, do not believe in representative government and care nothing about the Constitution or the rule of law, but in the pursuit of personal power and profit through the use of unconstitutional executive power, a warped legislative process, and a constant stream of guaranteed taxpayer revenues. Both parties use campaign deception, practice political expediency, engage in crony capitalism, and, when necessary, promote voter fraud to sustain the corrupt status quo.

The media support the oligarchy by preserving the illusion of democracy, enabling tyranny by misinforming or manipulating Americans and, thereby, facilitating the very corruption the people’s “watchdog” was meant to prevent.

We have developed into something akin to what Sheldon S. Wolin called a “managed democracy,” where a governmental cartel stages elections every few years to obtain voter acquiescence in a “country where citizens are politically uninterested and submissive–and where elites are eager to keep them that way.”

In Commentaries on the Constitution (1833), Joseph Story wrote:

“Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence.”

To paraphrase Christopher Hitchens, the vacant servitude to an oligarchy requires a society to lose any sense of its own history and traditions. Subjected to media deception and leftist historical revisionism, the low-information voter will submit to tyranny through a combination of governmental coercion and the hedonist nihilism of the painless, amusement-sodden, and stress-free consensus managed by the all-intrusive nanny-state.

The administration of Barack Obama has stripped away any pretense regarding the depth of government corruption, the extent of media complicity, or the willingness of Republicans to defend the vested interests of the oligarchy.

Obama’s extreme leftist beliefs and his love for, if not strict adherence to, Islam lead him to embrace policies not in the best interest of the United States, while his arrogance and narcissism prevent him from admitting failure and changing course.

Nevertheless, the Republican Party has consistently joined Obama and the Democrats to pass legislation and enact policies opposed by a majority of Americans.

I would like to think that it was all just incompetence, a befuddled political leadership offering unworkable solutions for misunderstood problems executed by ignoramuses.

Unfortunately, it is far more sinister. We have met the enemy, and he is government.

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This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth

Report: Virginia Voting Machines Could Have Been Easily Hacked For Over A Decade

A new report found that voting machines in Virginia used in three presidential elections were susceptible to hacking. They had passwords as penetrable as ‘abcde’ and ‘admin.’

As The Guardian reported Wednesday, the AVS WinVote machines, in service between 2002 and 2014, would receive an “F-minus,” according to a study prepared by the Virginia Information Technologies Agency.

According to the executive summary of the report entitled “Security Assessment of WInVote Voting Equipment for Department of Elections,” security protocols on the machines “would not be able to prevent a malicious third party from modifying the votes recorded by the WINVote devices.”

The primary contributor to these findings is a combination of weak security controls used by the devices: namely, the use of encryption protocols that are not secure, weak passwords, and insufficient system hardening.

Jeremy Epstein, of Menlo Park, California-based SRI International, served on a commission investigating the machines in 2008. He has been working to have them decertified since then.

“I got to question a guy by the name of Brit Williams, who’d certified them, and I said, ‘How did you do a penetration test?’” he told The Guardian. “And he said, ‘I don’t know how to do something like that’.”

Williams, now retired, referred The Guardian to former colleagues at Kennesaw State University who have taken over the reigns of certification duties since his departure.

“You could have broken into one of these with a very small amount of technical assistance,” Epstein told the publication. “I could teach you how to do it over the phone. It might require an administrator password, but that’s okay, the password is ‘admin’.”

The most recent commission found the software had not been updated since 2004, found that it was possible to “create and execute mallicious code,”and offered the following in conclusion:

  • Passwords were less than seven characters and did not meet best practices for complexity (i.e. they consisted of only lowercase letters). Cracking these passwords required minimal effort using freely available toolsets.
  • Passwords were consistent across all systems tested and appear to be part of the default configuration. All passwords identified were simple and easily guessed, consisting of either a common pattern (i.e., abcde), a common default password (i.e., admin), or a phrase directly related to the system manufacturer (shoup).
  • The scope of testing did not include the impact of changing the default password. But it does not appear possible to change the wireless password directly on the WINVote device. In addition, the impact to the WINVote application once the passwords were changed is unclear. Possible impacts range from lost communication between systems to the inability to record votes properly.

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