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SIGN UP TO TAKE BACK OUR ELECTIONS – THE "I COUNT" CORPS

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At best there is “uncertainty” about the reported outcomes of the NH primary.  Undoubtedly many other articles in this issue of OpEd News will be discussing them. 

 

What we do know is that once again some doubt is being cast on the viability of machine counting of our votes.  We believe it is time for us, the citizens of our nation, to take the actions that our ‘leaders’ have been refusing to take. 

 

We are entitled to honest, transparent elections with appropriate checks and balances that the oblique processes of a computer prevent.

 

It is time for us to build our own corps of citizen counters.   WE will count the ballots on election night.   We propose that we, the people, sign up to count ballots on election night after the polls close.  Much like jury duty, only one needs to commit for only 4 hours. 

 

Our proposal is to hand count the federal races, which is never more than 3 races – President, Senator (some years), Representative.  Calculation shows that only 1 in 4 citizens will ever be needed just once in their lifetime for a 4-hour stint to fulfill this highest order civic duty.   Some, of course, may choose to do it more often.

 

Every team of counters would have a representative of at least two different parties.  Citizens would be vetted, just as they are before being chosen to sit on a jury.

 

We urge anyone interested in learning more or anyone ready to sign up for the “I COUNT” corps, to sign up at info@ElectionDefenseAlliance.org.  We will send you more details.

 

Andi Novick & Sally Castleman

Election Defense Alliance

   

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Too many incidents have happened over the past many elections that cast serious doubt on the accuracy of machine counting of our votes.  As well, machine counting is secret counting – we cannot oversee counting by bits and bytes and circuitry inside a black box.

 

Election officials complain that they will never find enough people to hand-count votes (despite the fact that other democracies have no problem finding citizens.).  We propose that WE, the people, create a corps of citizen counters, for counting at least the federal elections on election night after the polls close.

 

Much like jury duty, except only one in four citizens needs to ever serve in this highest order of civic duty for only 4 hours once in their lifetime.  Some, of course, may choose to do it more often.

 

Every team of counters would have a representative of at least two different parties.  Citizens would be vetted, just as they are before being chosen to sit on a jury.

 

We urge anyone interested in learning more or anyone ready to sign up for the “I COUNT” corps, to sign up at info@ElectionDefenseAlliance.org.  We will get back to you with details.

 

Congresspeople:  Please take note.  We, your constituents, want elections that are open, transparent, with checks and balances and accountability.  We do not want paper trails; we want paper ballots.  We do not want audits, spot checks, or surveys; we want hand counting on election night at the polling sites.

 

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