How we vote in elections.
After the dumpster fire of the Presidential Election of November 2020, there has been a great outcry regarding the process. While there is much sound and fury and protest there have been little if any specific recommendations or corrections. Submitted for your approval, and your recommendations and suggestions are welcome.
All voting processes other than the individual's right and the act of voting need to be open and transparent. The voting method needs to be available and auditable by the candidates, candidates' representatives, or the general public. Anyone who has an interest needs to see the vote results without standing six feet away from the ballots.
All election materials, ballots, poll books, etc., are required to have a secure chain of custody at all times. This chain of custody documents also needs to be accessible and viewable by any general public member.
Equal standards need to be applied to all votes and voting methods.
Votes are qualified by first having the potential voter showing their government-issued ID and verified before being handed a ballot. Falsification of a person's ID presented with the intent to vote needs to have severe penalties. Not merely community service or work release. A substantial monetary fine and time in prison with no opportunity for parole.
Confirmation of being given a ballot showing the proper ID is to have the voter handwrite their name in a paper ledger or poll book. No electronic signatures are accepted.
Ballots must be physical and tangible and not of the electronic variety. The ballots must be able to be viewed and interpreted by visual means. Ballots with boxes or circles filled in, or punch cards. (with apologies to the State of Florida.) If a chad is hanging, the vote doesn't count. These physical ballots need to be kept in perpetuity.
Ballots need to be counterfeit-proof. Poll workers or Election officials can't disappear to the back room of a polling place and use the local copier to run off a few hundred more ballots for an election. We ensure that our money is safe and secure this way, so why not our voting.
An auditable system for tracking ballots must be maintained within the state where the vote is taking place. Anyone, state resident or another individual is allowed access to the ballots from elections. The total number of ballots must equal the total number of ballots cast, damaged ballots or unused ballots.
The counting or tabulation of election ballots must be accomplished by two vetted, independent and unrelated systems or companies within the state where the election is taking place. Ballots are counted twice by the two companies. The difference, if any, in the total count by the two companies needs to be less and ½ the margin of victory or .1% of the total ballots cast, whichever is less.
Prior to election counts being certified, the ballot count must be reconciled with local voter records. Any errors need to be less, and ½ the margin of victory or .1% of the total ballots cast, whichever is less.
Voter rolls need purging 180 days before an election. Voter rolls are compared to government records to eliminate deaths, duplicates, those who have moved from the local voting area. We need to approach our voting rolls as if they matter.
Election laws and regulations cannot be changed or modified less than 180 days before an election.
All election records need to be kept and maintained again in perpetuity.
Provisional ballots, absentees, or whatever is the local norm needs vetting as if the voter were presenting themselves in person to vote before the vote is counted.
Those who disregard these recommendations for a safe and secure voting process are by ignoring the recommendations are condoning cheating.
(HT to Bill Whittle and billwhittle.com)