Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Independent Group To Try To Keep The Election Clean

Citizen Oversight for Verifiable Elections, (COVE), has formed to observe the procedures at the Pima County counting center.

"At this point in time we have three committees members which are Gini Crawford, Chair of the “Taxpayers Against Pima Bonds, John Kromko Chair of “Tucson Traffic Justice” and Ignacio Gomez, Chair of the “No on the Sunnyside Override”."

The group expects several of the non-partisan Oro Valley candidates to join COVE and to name observers.

Pima County Elections Can Be "Fatally Flawed"
Why is it necessary for there to be people independent from the county observe ballot counting procedures? It is necessary because the use on anything but a monitored hand-count of votes can be tampered to produce a desired outcome.
  • The software that gathers and counts the votes from the voting machine can be tampered.
  • The program that summarizes voting results can be tampered
  • Hacker attacks are so frequent that even the most secure systems have trouble insuring that a hack does not happen
Attorney Bill Risner has 40 years of Pima County vote counting experience. He sought an order in 2012 to prevent Pima County from what he alleges to be cheating in an election.

"From RTA Election in 2006, we learned as a fact that: 'Every study of the security of computer voting systems has identified insiders such as company employees and or vendors and election department employees as the primary security risks. These same vendors when having their software certified, instructed the test labs 'NOT' to check the software for security.," according to Risner.

Risner in a an October interview noted that "computer's do what they are instructed to do." He asserts that "there is no logical reason" to not test the computer's accuracy unless you are going to cheat.

Pima County will test count bond vote
Thanks to the COVE group, Bill Risner and Oro Valley's Pima County Supervisor, Ally Miller, the county will test the vote counting accuracy of this year's election. This will be done by hand counting one of several bond elections.

You can watch the vote counting here.

Thanks to Supervisor Miller, Oro Valley has the opportunity to audit the vote, via a hand count check one of its four recall elections. The town simply has to instruct the county to do so. Today, the Oro Valley Town Council will meet in special sessional 3pm to decide if the town tell the county to do so.

Fact: In Arizona, you can't get a recount unless the vote difference is within one half of one percent.

Election fraud admitted by county but not remedied
A hand count check of the vote count is a good thing in Pima County. According to Risner, "The judge in the RTA case agreed that one could reasonably assume that the RTA election was rigged. But the most the courts could do was to tell Pima County to follow the law." Just don't do it again.

In that set of RTA election court hearings and in pleadings, the county admitted that they had cheated. But, according, to Riser the county believes that all is fine because they haven't been accused of cheating since.

You can read more about the saga of the RTA Election fraud legal efforts. You can read about what has been alleged.

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