SO, SECURITY APPARATUS, CAPTURED EDUCATION SYSTEM AND RULE OF LAW......WHAT ELSE DOES A 5% NEED TO CONTROL THE MASSES? SHAM ELECTIONS. UNLIKE THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES, THE 1% CAN'T OPENLY KILL THEIR OPPONENTS YET......THEY CAN'T SEND THUGS IN TO STUFF THE BALLOT BOXES YET.....SO HOW TO ASSURE THAT THE CRONY POLITICAL SYSTEM THEY HAVE IN PLACE STAYS AS THE MASSES TRY TO UNSEAT THEM?
I HAVE SHOWN THAT THERE IS ELECTION FRAUD IN MARYLAND REGARDING A COMPLETE BLACKOUT OF PRIMARY COVERAGE BY MARYLAND MEDIA.....THIS IS SECOND WORLD FOR KILLING YOUR OPPONENT. YOU MAKE IT HARDER FOR OTHER PARTIES TO REGISTER......WHY DO YOU NEED TO GATHER SIGNATURES TO VOTE FOR THE GREEN OR LIBERTARIAN PARTIES IN CERTAIN STATES? THE MORE LONGTERM EFFORT TURNS TO BALLOT MANIPULATION AND A WEALTHY COUNTRY DOESN'T RESORT TO THUGS....THEY SIMPLY PLACE EVERYTHING REGARDING ELECTIONS ONLINE. HOW HARD IS IT TO HACK?.......EVEN BANKS AND THE GOVERNMENT CAN'T KEEP THEIR ACCOUNTS PROTECTED. WHO HAS ACCESS TO INFORMATION TRAVELLING THE INTERNET? BIG BROTHER BUSH AND OBAMA ARE RIGHT ON TOP OF THAT, AS ARE THE 1% WHO OWN GOOGLE AND FACEBOOK, THE MAIN, AND SOON TO BE ONLY MEDIATORS OF INFORMATION. IMAGINE YOUR VOTE AT HOME ON YOUR COMPUTER BEING CAST.........HOW DO YOU KNOW IT ARRIVES AND IS RECORDED CORRECTLY? YOU DON'T......REMEMBER, THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY!
SO IF YOUR DEMOCRATIC POLITICIAN IS NOT SHOUTING LOUDLY AND STRONGLY AGAINST THIS MOVEMENT TO PUT ELECTIONS ONLINE.....IF THEY AREN'T SHOUTING THAT BALLOTS NEED TO HAVE A PAPER COMPONENT THAT GIVES PEOPLE PROOF THAT THEIR VOTE WAS RECORDED ACCURATELY.......THAT POLITICIAN IS NOT WORKING FOR THE MIDDLE/LOWER CLASS...... MARYLAND IS STRONGLY CONSIDERING ONLINE VOTING FOR ABSENTEE, THE FIRST STEP IN THIS CORRUPTION OF ELECTIONS PROCESS.
VOTE YOUR INCUMBANT OUT
Maryland election board looks at online ballot marking
May 29, 2012 By Glynis Kazanjian
The State Board of Elections may move to implement an online ballot marking system for all absentee voters in time for this year’s elections, depending on an opinion from the attorney general. But some voter advocacy groups worry about the potential for fraud.
The move to online ballot marking comes after a 2010 federal mandate that required states to provide overseas voters and active military personnel with access to online absentee ballot applications.
The attorney general’s opinion, requested by Sen. Edward Kasemeyer, would say whether or not the elections board should seek federal and state certification for the online ballot marking tool. The board staff is currently developing the device through a Department of Defense grant.
Certification would test the system and look for vulnerable areas, including where fraud or manipulation could occur. All whole voting systems are federally required to receive certification, but the state board argues the ballot marking tool would be only part of a voting system.
Group worries about voter fraud
Some critics, including the voter integrity group SaveOurVotes, say that without proper federal and state certification, there is a high risk for voter fraud and a potential breach of security of voter information.
“Voting system certification requirements exist to ensure that voting equipment conforms to consistent standards that safeguard our elections against tampering and error,” SaveOurVotes Co-Director Rebecca Wilson wrote in an April 30 letter to Attorney General Douglas Gansler. “Waiving certification requirements for such an undeveloped and untested system as this would set a dangerous precedent.”
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) offered an informal opinion on the matter in February at the request of State Elections Board Administrator Linda Lamone. The commission staff said that an online ballot marking wizard did not meet the definition of a voting system and therefore “was not considered eligible for testing and certification under the EAC program.”
The Election Assistance Commission is supposed to have a fourfive-member board, but it hasn’t had a quorum since December 2010 and currently has no board members serving.
Federal requirements for military and overseas
In early 2010, the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE Act) required states to provide active military personnel and overseas voters with an electronically downloadable online ballot. The state elections board implemented the change as required, but went beyond the scope of the mandate by allowing all domestic voters to request absentee ballots over the Internet.
As a result, almost 80% of 11,375 absentee voters that received their 2010 ballots online were “domestic, civilian voters,” according to an elections board memo.
Some critics charge the expansion to all absentee voters occurred without a formal board vote. The board did vote to approve the absentee ballot application, 4-0, on Feb. 25, 2010, but minutes from January and February 2010 board meetings do not indicate a distinction was made between MOVE Act absentee voters and in-state absentees.
A state regulation the board published March 12, 2010 only refers to “voters authorized to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.”.
But state board deputy administrator Ross Goldstein said staff used the word “voter” and it was not limited in any way.
“The board was informed of our plans and had two different opportunities to vote on the concept of sending ballots to voters via the online delivery system,” Goldstein said.
AG opinion due in June or July
Attorney general spokesman David Paulson said the opinion should be issued in June or July. If the attorney general finds the state does not have to go through certification, the board will then decide whether to limit the online ballot marking option to three classes — active military personnel, overseas voters and disabled voters — or to open it up to all domestic voters, as they did with the online absentee ballot delivery option in 2010.
Other critics of the online ballot marking tool, including Montgomery County activist Holly Joseph, also claim the board did not vote on the use of the absentee ballot marking tool for the 2012 presidential elections.
There was no record of a vote in the monthly meeting minutes, but Goldstein said the vote happened, according to an audio tape of the meeting reviewed by staff.
“I can confirm that a vote was taken to approve the absentee voting materials, including the absentee ballot application, during the September 2011 meeting,” Goldstein said. “It was unanimously approved.”
Possible gateway for online voting
SaveOurVotes and other critics also contend the move to allow absentee voters to mark their ballots online will eventually become a gateway for statewide online voting. Maryland’s policy of no excuse absentee voting by mail allows any registered voter to request an absentee ballot without providing a reason for needing one.
“I believe that most activists suspect that it will now be very easy for the State Board of Elections to go from offering online voting processes to a subset of voters to offering it to all,” said Mary Kiraly, a former Democratic member of the Montgomery County Board of Elections.
Currently, all absentee voters can download an absentee ballot online, which they mark by hand and mail to their local board of elections. There, the ballot is duplicated into a scannable ballot and compared with the voter’s original hand written ballot by a bi-partisan election review team.
The proposed online ballot marking tool eliminates the need for staff to create a matching scannable ballot. Instead, the ballot would be created through the ballot marking wizard and embedded with a barcode that included the voter’s selections made online.
The local board staff would then print out the embedded ballot and scan it through new printers, already purchased with the DOD grant funds, which could read the barcode. The bi-partisan review team would then compare the mail-in ballot with the ballot created online.
Board distinguishes between voting online and marking ballot
Goldstein said it is important for people to understand the distinction between voting online and using a ballot marking wizard to expedite an internal procedure.
“Nobody’s voting online,” Goldstein said. “People are marking ballots through the wizard, but there is no actual voting that’s taking place online. This is a ballot delivery system and what’s really being added to it is just a way to help improve the ballot marking and the ballot duplication process.”
“It would be one thing if we said we were going to use this barcode and rely on this barcode on its own as part of the voting process, but that’s not what we’re saying,” Goldstein said. “We’re saying we’re going to use this barcode to duplicate the ballot, to make the ballot duplication part faster, easier and more accurate.”
Sen. Roy Dyson, D-St. Mary’s, who chairs the Senate’s elections law subcommittee, introduced a bill (SB1078) this year that would have permitted the state board to use the online ballot marking tool without certification requirements. The bill passed the Senate 43-4, with four Montgomery County Democrats opposing it. The bill failed to pass the House.
GOP prefers traditional method
State Republican Party Executive Director David Ferguson said he prefers the traditional method of voting.
“I am very suspect of any voting that does not take place at the ballot box,” Ferguson said. “People have been expressing concern about the electronic processes that are currently being used. A paper ballot that has been given with a proper ID has been the standing and best practice across the country. I would encourage Maryland to move toward those best practices and not away from them.”
Robert Walker, chairman of the State Board of Elections, resigned in December 2010 but remains a member of the board. Walker agreed to stay until a replacement had been appointed, but according to Goldstein, a replacement still hasn’t been named.
The board also voted to allow Bobbie Mack, a Democrat, to continue as vice chair. The board’s bylaws state that the vice chair is supposed to be the opposite political party of the chair after the current vice chair’s term ends.
Election From Wikipedia
An election is a formal decision-making process by which a population chooses an individual to hold public office Electoral reform describes the process of introducing fair electoral systems where they are not in place, or improving the fairness or effectiveness of existing systems Lack of open political debate or an informed electorate The electorate may be poorly informed about issues or candidates due to lack of freedom of the press, lack of objectivity in the press due to state or corporate control, or lack of access to news and political media. Freedom of speech may be curtailed by the state, favoring certain viewpoints or state propaganda.
THIS IS MY COMPLAINT TO THE STATE AND FEDERAL ELECTION BOARDS. THEY HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED OF THE EXISTENCE OF VOTER FRAUD IN MARYLAND. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RESPONDED WITH A NEED FOR 'STATUTES'. THIS IS ONLY A NOTIFICATION COMPLAINT....WE WILL BE FILING AN OFFICIAL COMPLAINT AS WE PUSH FOR FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS IN MARYLAND.
Complaint: This complaint addresses an ongoing problem with media participation or lack thereof in Maryland elections and in this case, in Baltimore area. It seeks to show that what is an entrenched approach to election coverage by media has over years come to favor the incumbent, of which Maryland has in abundance. It is a violation of Fair and Balanced elections in not allowing political challengers the benefit of name recognition and fundraising ability that comes with that recognition, and it burdens the voters who must go to the polls year after year not knowing who their candidates are or what issues these candidates support or what their voting histories reveal. A lack of political debate in an open forum creates an electorate who is poorly informed. A lack of freedom of press, lack of objectivity in the press due to state or corporate control, or lack of access to news and political media all limit the viewpoints an electorate receives and upon which they can form an opinion. The political news in Baltimore was not missing. There was a truly democratic approach to election coverage of the Republican primaries on National media stations throughout the length of the primary. We saw every candidate in multiple situations expressing their views and hearing their political stance and records. So, Baltimore media know Fair and Balanced when they see it. We also heard or read frequent updates on the race in Montgomery County, the wealthy enclave outside of Washington DC. We did not hear or read anything about the candidates in our elections. I will include the one exception found in the Baltimore Sun that when read, can clearly be seen as a political advertisement rather than a news article. My complaint involves the power of the incumbent to affect political coverage and it affects what could be construed as demographic bias. These are the two sources of my complaint. Just to emphasize the totality of the media blackout over the election coverage, I attended a national conference of academics handling politics and at lunch, while sitting at a table of Baltimore area activists, the first thing that came forward from everyone-----‘is there an election? And do you know the candidates?’ We were all lifelong political activists and we hadn’t gotten the information we needed…..the general public is uninformed. Ben Cardin and Elijah Cummings both voted in 2011 on the funding of NPR. I love NPR, but I could not get their local affiliate to mention my elections despite repeated contacts asking for coverage. One would expect a public media outlet to be the first line of information for public elections, so I came down hard on them over this. Plenty of Montgomery County election…..absolutely no Baltimore area election. They said that the other races were not competitive, but as I said, polls taken at the time that my candidate, Anthony Muse, announced showed Cardin at 51% and Muse as a strong candidate. That was the last media we saw of Muse. The only media on the candidates were of the incumbent Cardin doing all kinds of good things for his constituents in well-placed primary time electioneering. It may be fair play for an incumbent in a healthy election environment, but with a blackout of coverage otherwise, you see the bias amplified. The demographic bias is seen in the power structure of the State of Maryland. The Washington suburbs are the richest in the nation and as such, they exude an influence on all areas of the state in everyday politics. If someone were to follow politics, they could see that Ben Cardin voted in ways that benefits these wealthy residents to the detriment of those less wealthy. This is subjective so I won’t go into providing proof from voting records, but, coming from Baltimore, the poor step-child of the wealthy suburbs, and given that the candidate Anthony Muse is African-American, you easily see sign s of bias in race and class from this complete media blackout of the election. This demographic bias is less a factor than the incumbency bias, but not by much. I will conclude by saying that I feel that there was a clear case of election fraud in this 2012 primary election. The evidence is complete. At a time in American history when the American people feel there is deep and open corruption in government, at every level, the public must stand up and shout loudly and strongly against all election irregularities that work against our ability to make a change in government. If you cannot find a way to vote your incumbent out…..then the corruption remains entrenched. I will say that Maryland was ranked ‘D-‘ on the Center for Public Integrity State Corruption study and I dare say, that if our elections fail to be a representative election (20% turnout is the normal) we may as well be honest and say ‘the US is no longer a representative democracy’ . I want a determination that this election was not Fair and Balanced and I want election reform to be part of the solution brought by the Office of General Council.
Cindy A. Walsh