Matthew Lickona 7 a.m., April 24
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Who Runs Our Elections and How Safe Actually are They?
I have been a bit of a broken record on this subject but I feel it is WAY too important to ignore. Studying your ballot books and doing your homework does absolutely NO good if our elections are not honest. In light of a recent article in CityBeat and the OB Rag drawing attention to our registrar, Deborah Seiler, and her suspect job as the registrar of voters, I decided to discuss this topic again. Please research all of this on your own and decide for yourself. There is way too much at stake here and we need to educate ourselves on the voting process here in San Diego in order to ensure our votes are counted.
With literally billions of tax dollars at stake do not discount the potential and the impetus for special interests to "buy" the results.
Here is the CityBeat article detailing how Seiler is misleading people into thinking they are ineligible to vote.
I was happy to find the OB Rag was all over this story as well.... http://obrag.org/?p=26026
They make a brilliant point about Diebold (Seiler was the Sales Rep for Diebold that sold us our scanners and ALL ballots are counted by Diebold optical scanners)
"Diebold is publicly traded and listed on the New York Stock Exchange as ‘DBD’. The Diebold Company itself earns more revenue as a Military Defense Contractor than in the manufacture and sales of voting equipment. But you have to scrutinize their website to learn this information. The more one familiarizes oneself with voting equipment vendors…the more defense contractors and intelligence connections seems to surface."
Here is another recent article in the Wall Street Journal stating that the corruption in Bell California began with "voter fraud" and it begs us to examine the integrity of our system.
In addition to this my personal experience with San Diego's election affairs has been quite disturbing. I was at a bar 2 weeks ago on a Sunday night and there was a booth set up to convince people to become mail-in voters. There were 2 people going around with clipboards, literally shoving the clipboards in front of people at the bar who were trying to enjoy their cocktails or dinner and aggressively strong-arming them into changing their voter status PERMANENTLY to mail-in.
I was outraged and found it more than unprofessional and inappropriate and confronted them. This was not an effort to register people to vote, it was an effort just to get them to change their status.
I have also received at least 10 letters from the registrar strongly encouraging me to be a mail in voter. Read the above story in the Wall Street Journal. This is almost exactly what occurred in Bell California just prior to the election of their now-indicted officials. The City launched a massive and aggressive campaign to get people to permanently change their status to "mail-in" so they had more control over the ballots.
I recently found this: looks like an organization is quite concerned about Seiler and how her version of running our election doesn't need checks and balances, it just requires us to "trust her"
The following is from a piece I wrote 2 years ago raising alarms about the registrar and the safety of our voting system.
One of the main things they tell you to look for to spot election fraud is a registrar that changes from precinct tabulation to centralized tabulation. Its one of the 1st pieces of info I found immediately: http://usacoup.scoop.co.nz/?p=650
"Some of the places to look for problems in CA are: 1) counties that use central (rather than precinct-based) tabulation (identified below); 2) counties that have voter registrars with bad attitudes"
" In “central tabulator” systems, ballots-VVPATs, electronic data, voting machines and poll logs, etc., are conveyed to a central location before any vote tally occurs, thus creating more acute “chain of custody” problems, and removing the tabulation process further from voters and citizen observers".
More secure, huh Deborah? Seems there are alot of Republicans pushing for this "more secure" centralized tabulation method.
Makes sense to me. I mean 1 way tons of people would have to conspire to give false results, the other way 1 person or a few people could change the results (especially if that centralized tabulator was connected to any sort of modem). Plus, if this were, in fact the case, then why did Seiler originally say she was switching to centralized tab because she didn't order enough precinct tally machines?
KPBS San Diego's Registrar Urges Absentee Voters to Get Ballots in Soon
http://www. kpbs. org/news/local;id=11911
"All the paper ballots will have to be brought to the Registrar's office to be counted this year, instead of being counted at the polling places. That's because the Registrar hasn't been able to purchase enough tally machines for every precinct."
And it was her decision? You have got to be kidding me. First of all Seiler sold us the Diebold electronic voting machines. It was public outcry that forced the city to get rid of them. What people dont realize is that those beautiful, tangible, paper ballots you carefully and very proudly colored in today are scanned by ....a Diebold electronic voting machine that is just as easy to hack.
And if Seiler is so concerned with security why did she sue Deborah Bowen when Bowen tightened recount rules?
I mean this article, is like listening to Dick Cheney talk about liberating people in Iraq.
Yep, Seiler sued saying that if an election is within half a percentage point then she should only have to recount 1% of the votes. Bowen insisted on recounting 10%.
Additionally the all Republican Board of Supervisors hired Deborah Seiler and Michael Vu to run the election---Vu was the elections director in the infamous Ohio 2004 election, and Seiler was the sales rep for both Diebold and Sequoia, 2 of the most controversial voting machine manufacturers.:
http://citizensboe. blogspot. com/2007/05/back-to-vu-san-diego-cas-whole. html
"Seiler's hiring was the second decision by the county in the last month or so to raise questions from election watchdogs." Wired Magazine
"Joining Seiler in the San Diego elections office is another election official beleaguered by controversy -- Michael Vu. Until recently, Vu was the elections director in Cuyahoga County in Ohio . He resigned in the wake of a number of critical reports depicting problems with how his office conducted elections and how machines made by Diebold performed. His resignation also followed the conviction of two election workers in his office who were found guilty of rigging a recount in the 2004 presidential election. Vu was recently made assistant registrar of voters in San Diego ." Wired Magazine http://blog. wired. com/27bstroke6/2007/05/former_diebold_. html
But come on, surely we vetted Seiler and Vu before we hired them. I'm sure the ALL Republican County Board of Supervisors did vet them and they liked what they saw. A team that could change the course of history with a few tricks and ensure the Board was re-elected.
Today, I went to the polls and I kept my eyes open since last Feb. voters sued because ballot boxes came to the Registrars office without seals. These seals are stickers, for one. But the ballot box I placed my ballot into had the sticker on so loose, you could literally pull the top off pull some ballots out and put the lid back on and no one would no the difference. I called the Democratic Party to complain. They were aware of the Seiler Vu situation and they did express concern. I just don't know what they could actually do. The registrar has enormous amount of authority for an unelected position
But, who are these people that drive the ballots from the precincts to the registrar? And what is to keep them from pulling ballots out and throwing them away (just like they did in Ohio 2004). I mean the people in charge of the security are Seiler and Vu, both of whom are under an enormous cloud of suspicion.
I made several phone calls about my concerns today and I was shocked to hear that many people that you would report these concerns to, have no idea how the process works or that Seiler and Vu are running the show. Everytime I asked a question about the security process they said that the registrar of voters in charge of that, like that was supposed to give me comfort. Talk about the Fox guarding the hen house.
We have got to make sure this thing is honest for once.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AT THE POLLS
1: If you get to the polls and they tell you you are not on the list, insist on getting a "provisional" ballot.
2: If there is a problem w/ the voting machines, insist on an "emergency ballot" (aka paper). Dont leave w/o filling out a ballot. It is your right.
3: Take a camera. make sure the ballot boxes are sealed.
4: 1-866-our-vote: Call to report any problems or issues.
And go rock the vote!!! UPDATES Check out the HBO Documentary "Hacking Democracy" In 2012 a major Spanish company Scytl bought the biggest US vote counting software company SOE. The following is quote by Bev Harris addressing these concerns.
"In a major step towards global centralization of election processes, the world’s dominant Internet voting company has purchased the USA’s dominant election results reporting company.
When you view your local or state election results on the Internet, on portals which often appear to be owned by the county elections division, in over 525 US jurisdictions you are actually redirected to a private corporate site controlled by SOE software, which operates under the name ClarityElections.com."