"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything." -- Joseph Stalin

Following the Florida election debacle of 2000, Americans were promised a more honest, transparent, and verifiable system of elections. We didn't get it, because the election stealers won that election and decided that keeping the current system was their best guarantee of re-election.

The election of 2016 changed that. The candidate being cheated by the system, Donald Trump, still prevailed thanks to a landslide that overcame the vote rigging. He will see having an honest election system as his best chance for a second term. Hence, there is a real opportunity to throw out the current system, whch is designed to enable and conceal stealing elections, and replace it with a system that hinders cheating as much as possible.

To begin, stolen elections are a reality in this nation. John F. Kennedy stole the 1960 election from Richard Nixon. Nixon stole his re-election in what became known as the Watergate scandal. George W. Bush likely stole the 2000 election from Al Gore, and everyone had a ring-side seat watching Hillary Clinton trying to steal the election from Donald Trump.

A good place to start to learn about election stealing is the HBO documentary, "Hacking Democracy." It is available on NetFlix, Amazon Live, and Hulu. Here is a YouTube video of the final scenes showing how an electronic voting machine has the election results changed without even needing to touch the machine!

For more information, please visit http://blackboxvoting.org/, the website operated by Bev Harris, who is featured in the HBO documentary.

Now then, I wish to offer a suggestion for a very simple way to have a more open and honest election system. It is not 100% foolproof, but is designed to make it very difficult for cheating to happen and difficult to conceal it. This stands in sharp contrast to the current system, which is designed to facilitate and conceal the manipulation of elections.

The neccessity to overhaul our system goes beyond restoring Democracy in the United States. The 2016 election debacle has wrecked America's image around the world. Restoration of honest elections will be the first step on the very long road back to being respected by other nations.

First, some basic rules.

1. No electronic machines!

2. No central tabulation centers!

Everyone who votes must have ID to prove they are a US citizen and eligable to vote. Absentee ballots are only given to those who can prove they are unable to vote in person.

After the voters vote, their finger is marked with ink that takes a week to fade away, to prevent them from voting more than once. For those concerned about hygiene, a spray could be used.

All voting is done on paper ballots. All ballot boxes are kept in the polling area where voters can see them, to avoid ballot box stuffing or swapping.

When the polls close, the precincts hand-count the ballots in full view of witnesses, and verify the accuracy. All paper ballots are to be stored for an entire year after the election.

The totals for that polling place are posted for all to see and copies provided to all witnesses.

In the city newspaper the next day, all the totals for all the city precincts are printed, along with totals for the city. This allows everyone to first verify that their precinct totals were reported accurately, and to verify the math leading to the city totals for themselves.

Now, we move up a level! The state newspapers print all the city totals, and again the totals for the state. This allows everyone to first verify that their city totals were reported accurately, and to verify the math leading to the state totals for themselves.

Final level: The national newspapers print all the state totals, and tally up the winners. This allows everyone to first verify that their state totals were reported accurately, and to verify the math leading to the national totals for themselves.

What this does is create a system where there are literally millions of Americans watching and verifying the vote counts from polling place to final totals. In essence, election verification is being crowdsourced. Yes, it is a bit slower than the instant-guessing on TV, but that will prevent the corporate media from using "projections" to try to discourage voters of unfavored candidates from heading to the polls. There is in fact no law that says the winners of the elections have to be announced immediately, and certainly most Americans are willing to trade speed for accuracy in such an important matter. In the early days of this nation, prior to the telegraph, it would take weeks for the populace to learn who won the elections!

As I said, this is not a 100% perfect system. It is only as good as the people running it. But it does make stealing elections very difficult and that should always be the design objective of any election system!

From The Horn News

Largest Voting Machine Vendor in US Admits Its Systems Had Remote-Access Software Installed A bombshell revelation on the security of voting in the United States has just surfaced in the form of a letter from the country's largest voting machine manufacturer. The company, Election Systems and Software (ES&S) admitted that despite denying previous allegations of its voting systems coming installed with remote-access software, their systems did, indeed, allow for remote connections.

In a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), written in April, but only released this week, the company acknowledged that it had installed software that made the systems remotely accessible from anywhere.

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