You’re probably going to be shocked when I say this, but I believe that Donald Trump and his assclowns are right: there is a tremendous amount of vote fraud in US elections.
I absolutely believe that the US government needs to put some serious muscle behind the Federal Election Commission (FEC) including some serious money, and probably their own SWAT team with machine guns and helicopters, as well as a bunch of forensic accountants. They should be a separate department that is not under the existing branches of government, though they would report to DOJ, Congress, the public (press) and executive. Those latter two openly and simultaneously. This muscled-up FEC would manage redistricting, and would control/manage polling locations, poll times, poll restrictions, identity policies, and vote collection systems, networks, and tabulation systems.
Because, as you’ve probably already figured out, I consider voter suppression to be electoral fraud. It’s my opinion that the democrats ought to trampoline off of the 2020 election’s many fraud challenges to reply, “yes, you are right, let’s look at all of this.” As many people pointed out, correctly, during the many republican fraud challenges, that it’s obviously intentional vote manipulation to challenge the votes only in predominantly black districts, or just the districts that they lost. Not only were they screaming “fraud!” they were trying to implement electoral fraud while they were doing so.
Voting has to be considered as a system, and it should be considered highly suspicious if someone wants to challenge just one part of a system while upholding the rest of the system. I’m trying to think of a good example in engineering where someone might want to do that, but I’m coming up blank: if there’s something wrong with a certain model of aircraft (let’s say the Boeing 737 Max) then you don’t just look at the ones flying out of Detroit, you look at all of them because they all are based on the same design and therefore might have the same implementation problem.
It’s absurd and it’s an international embarrassment that the US is currently engaging in “shit hole” behavior that gets reported thus: [kos]
Saturday Night Owls: The GOP has introduced 100+ voter suppression bills in 28 states in 2021
That’s electoral fraud, OK? It doesn’t matter which party is doing it: it’s a crime.
According to the Brennan Center’s report, “These proposals primarily seek to: (1) limit mail voting access; (2) impose stricter voter ID requirements; (3) limit successful pro-voter registration policies; and (4) enable more aggressive voter roll purges.”
This is clearly not something that can be left to the states. Nor is districting, or deciding where polling locations will be placed, when they are open, and when someone can or cannot vote by mail.
I have mentioned elsewhere (and here, before) [stderr] that cryptographer David Chaum owns an impressive set of patents covering most clever uses of cryptography for voting. The US government should buy out Chaum’s patents and make them free; considering what gets wasted on this issue, it’d be a drop in a torrent. Some of you are probably familiar enough with population dynamics and statistics that you’ve had the thought that a predictive model for a vote could be established with arbitrary accuracy (100% accuracy comes when you look at 100% of the votes!) by sub-sampling random votes from the pool, assuming there was a pool. By the way, the fact that there’s not a pool is really bad news and betrays some of the problems with US election systems. Anyhow, if you wonder why we have to listen to stupid pundits like Nate Silver, instead of actual sub-sample statistics – it’s because Chaum holds the patent for doing that and the various vote machine companies and governments don’t want to pay a cent more than they have to, to do this stuff right. The fact that the US has a hodgepodge of vote machines and jurisdictions is held up by some as “wow, that’s great, the incompatibility makes it harder to steal!” – which is spectacularly bullshit logic because the incompatibility is a result of local jurisdictional control that allows the jurisdictions to suppress votes. That’s the real game all along and everyone with 2 working neurons and a metabolism ought to be able to figure that out.
The system is arranged so that states are able to run elections that are relevant to the state, except that denies the obvious fact that state elections are also relevant to national elections and politics.
It is utterly absurd that a political party, in this case the Republicans, that have documented internal plans to gerrymander based on race, are allowed to complain about a stolen election. Nobody went to jail for that, in spite of the fact that it is obvious conspiracy to violate citizens’ 14th Amendment and 15th Amendment rights.
I’m still a bit mind-blown that in Georgia, in 2018, Brian Kemp was able to run against Stacey Abrams, suppress an unknown number of votes by throwing voters off of the rolls, and then “won” by a narrow margin – and there was nobody storming the Georgia state-house with pitchforks and torches. It is Orwellian mind-flip to be able to complain about electoral fraud while also shrugging off voter suppression.
Stop the steal. Republicans, I’m talking to you.
Yes, voting machines should be a federal government project, not overseen by the states. Voting systems should be designed openly by a team of experts who look at the complete system from the collection node to the summarizing and tabulating nodes, and which also take into account mail-in and certification for proxies as well as early and late vote collection. A complete system architecture needs to include logging and auditing, network security, endpoint operating system (I recommend no operating system at all, or a microkernel that can be audited) and endpoint software. Each point of the system should be regression-testable and every patch should be independently reviewed by a red team and a blue team. The ballots themselves should be checksummed and hashed, each ballot should be unique, and there must be a paper trail – when a voter votes they get a stub with their ballot and hashcode, and they can verify that it has been counted by looking for the hashcode in a public database given the ballot number. One of the huge exposures the US’ current bodge of voting machine crap has is that it’s hard for a given voter to really know if their ballot has been counted – gosh, darn, that ought to make you suspicious! Because that’s not how voting should be done in the most powerful technocracy yadda yadda.
Oh, yes, make the system open source and freely usable; let other governments use it, too. That way, if someone starts getting hinky results, the first move is to diff all the source code and look for changes, and trawl the system logs. This stuff is _not_ rocket science: every significant stock trading app, banking app, or e-commerce app has to handle transactions reliably, too – we know how to build this kind of stuff. We should not have systems that are so bad that someone like Rudi Giuliani, who is bat-shittier than a mammoth cave full of bats, can claim that they are flawed. He’s lying, of course, but the systems need to be above reproach and the current process is absurd. Giuliani couldn’t say it but I will: I don’t trust a voting system that a vote suppressin’ rat bastard like Brian Kemp had anything to do with.