Hillary Clinton is infamous for an explosive remark made in a Congressional hearing, “At this point, what difference does it make.” While I genuinely detest quoting this particular person, she has a point where the 2020 Elections are concerned, not a good point, but a point. At this point, what difference does it make in discussing the 15 Million votes from 2020 that were improperly counted, improperly handled, erroneously scrapped, and treated scandalously? Will these votes change the fate of Afghanistan; no. Will these votes remove the fraudulent president; no. Will these votes correct an abuse of the voter in 2020 and place the real winner of the election into the presidency; no.
What difference “… at this point does it make?” It changes how we move forward in voting. It places the onerous upon current sitting politicians to safeguard voting systems, processes, and procedures to ensure this madness never occurs again! Riddle me this, was COVID hyped and mass-fear spread to allow for voting to be abused to push a useless and senile president into office? I digress.
Hence, I would like to open the conversation into improving voting in America. It is long past time for common sense voting safeguards to be installed and mandated at the local levels of government. Here are my suggestions, let us use logic and discern the best path forward for America.
- Refuse the Federal Government legislation being pushed in the US House right now, the “For the People” Acts to demand a “Federal Government Mandate” for voting. Let’s be frank; the Federal Government could not handle collecting Social Security taxes from payroll and keeping that funded. Do you really think they could handle something simpler, like voting?
- Eliminate the computers! I am done being some byte that a programmer can manipulate. End the charade, open the transparency, and stop using vote computers. A paper ballot is perfect!
- The paper ballot should carry a digital signature containing my picture in digital form and my digital signature, as verified by my government-issued ID. Don’t drive; that’s okay; you still need a government-issued ID to purchase alcohol, tobacco, firearms, take a plane trip, and a hundred and one other things. The DMV can issue you an ID. One ballot, one ID, one signature, one person, not hard to count, not hard to track, and no problems with security. The technology has been around for 20 years to take and print a digital fingerprint; it is past time to combine a bio-metric tag, a digital tag, and a wet-signature with a ballot to end the nightmare of who completed the ballot.
- More transparency, more accountability, and more importantly, less mail-in balloting will mean sending teams to registered voters in hospice, long-term care settings, and hospitals and securing completed ballots using evidentiary procedures that can stand up in a court of law. Plus, it will mean penalties for breaking the law. What happened in Maricopa County was a farce! What happened in Atlanta and Philadelphia was a farrago. Too often, the primaries are just as fraud-riddled as the general elections speak volumes for the problems in local governments where laws are in place. Still, the election officials always escape with their pensions intact into retirement.
Wisconsin, Michigan, Maine, New Mexico, Utah, Washington (especially Seattle Metro Area), Wyoming, Ohio, I wouldn’t think you have escaped scrutiny because the media left you alone in the 2020 election cycle. I have personally witnessed the problems in your states, and I know how bad your elections are! Worse, in New Mexico, primarily in Bernalillo County, I know the bad apples and remember them from being interviewed for a job.
On the topic of local governments and Election Officials, apolitical should be the word of the day. When a person walks into the election offices, they should not be bombarded with political messages. Case in point, Bernalillo County, walk into the majority of the County offices, not just the election official’s offices, and look at the political affiliations on display. Take a walk through the parking lot, look at bumper stickers, enter the offices, and find the same political messages on display in the people working inside. You work for the government; apolitical is the least a person can expect from government employees; this is often referred to as professionalism!
Does being apolitical at work mean you lose your first amendment rights; yes! Private-sector employees lose their rights; why should government employees keep their Constitutional Rights when private-sector employees lose their rights? How fast will employment law change when government employees are treated like private-sector employees? Yes, let’s have these conversations. Let’s discuss these topics openly, in the public forums, on social media, in the town squares, and come to workable solutions.
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