Vote Fraud Is So Easy

Of the many schemes Democrats use to win elections at any cost, perhaps the most insidious is their war against the photo ID requirement for voters.

Here is a metaphysical fact:

There is only one reason to NOT require a photo ID from voters, and that is to enable vote fraud. 

Democrats continue to defend their vote fraud schemes by claiming that requiring a photo ID is racist.   Specifically, they contend that African-Americans are not as capable of obtaining a photo ID as white people, a charge that is horribly demeaning and racist on its face.  Somehow the Democrat lie about Republican racism lives on against history, facts and logic.

James O’Keefe of Project Veritas has released yet another in a series of video stings showing how easy vote fraud is in a state like Michigan where no voter ID is required.

O’Keefe walked into a polling place and asked if they have a Brian Dickerson on their list.  He chose Dickerson, a reporter for the Detroit Free Press, because he is a supporter of unfettered voting rights for all.  When O’Keefe said he lost his identification while hunting, he was handed Dickerson’s ballot anyway.

O’Keefe and his team repeated the experiment, receiving ballots for the Dean of the Wayne State University Law School, the Democrat leader of the Michigan house of representatives, a Michigan Democrat state senator, the editorial page editor and also another columnist from the Detroit Free Press, and even Detroit mayor Michael Duggan.

O’Keefe and friends did not actually complete the ballots, knowing that would give officials an opening to throw them in jail.  O’Keefe has done jail time before for daring to shine the light of truth.  When O’Keefe went to Mayor Duggan’s office to get a comment on the video, the Detroit city attorney threatened him.

“Voter registration is like a bank vault door.  When you put your money in the bank, do you want the bank to leave the vault door wide open so anybody can come in and take your money?  It’s just wrong.”  — James O’Keefe


But single-vote theft is chump-change compared to the high-volume ballot maneuvering that Democrats have perfected.  Automatic motor-voter registrations, same-day registrations, absentee ballots – all have made vote fraud easy work for the shameless.  You will find them carrying stacks of pre-marked ballots through apartment buildings, nursing homes, homeless shelters, and any other place where they can get a vote for the cost of a pack of cigarettes. In vulnerable states they drive bus loads of activists from poll to poll to register and vote. Many Democrat-controlled precincts report 100% wins for their candidates.  Others count more votes than there are registered voters.  Most states have little or no protection from voters who remain registered in multiple locations.  Dead voters continue to check off Democrat candidates for years after their demise.

33 states now require voter ID.  But the Democrats will not back down – when legislative efforts fail they just turn to their allies in the courts to impose their will on the public.

The Voter Integrity Project (VIP) offers some hope and tools to stem the tide of vote fraud in the USA.  But if the polls are 50/50 at election time, we can still expect the Democrats to win by 15%.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

Rockin' On the Right SideYour cheatin’ heart will make you weep
You’ll cry and cry and try to sleep
But sleep won’t come the whole night through
Your cheatin’ heart will tell on you

Your Cheatin’ Heart – Hank Williams, Jr.

 

 

The Biggest Democrat Lie EVER!

For years now Democrat leaders have fought efforts to beef up voter ID laws tooth and nail.  Last week President Obama stepped up to the podium and with a straight face declared:

obama at NAN“The stark, simple truth is this: The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” Obama told a meeting of the National Action Network, a group founded by civil rights leader and MSNBC television anchor Reverend Al Sharpton.

“Across the country, Republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, for people to vote,” he said.

Translation:  “If you think voters should be expected to identify themselves at the polling place, you are a RACIST.”

That’s not the “stark, simple truth.”  It’s the biggest lie ever.  A naked, ugly, partisan lie.  Requiring voters to prove they are who they say they are has nothing whatsoever to do with racism.  It is merely a simple and effective tool used all over the world to ensure the integrity of elections.

Democrat leaders continue to play that tired, old race card against Republicans – the only strategy they have left in the face of 78% public approval for voter ID laws.  And the Lame Stream Media shamelessly continues to support the big lie.

It’s such an obvious lie that it frightens me to think that the Democrats even dare to say it.  Minorities (legal American citizens of color) are no less capable of showing their identification than anyone else.  And they should be furious at the President, the Democrat leadership, and the media for calling them that stupid and helpless.

Everybody knows there can only be one reason for anybody to disapprove of validating each voter: the desire to cheat.

There is no evidence that anybody would be prevented from legitimately voting because they do not have identification.  I challenge the media and the Democrats to come up with 100 eligible voters – legal citizens of the United States – who have no form of identification or no means to get one.  Show them!  Put them in front of the TV cameras!  I challenge you!

They do not exist.  If there actually were Americans who are so disengaged from ordinary daily life that they have no identification, the Democrats would be falling all over themselves to get them enrolled in social programs.  For which they would need identification, of course.

So there is the lie.  And now here is the truth.  Only one person could be opposed to a common-sense law:  the person who wants to break that law.  Banks have security systems to prevent theft.  Only bank robbers would be in favor of eliminating that security.

The Democrat leaders have perfected many methods of voter fraud in recent years.  Last week DEMOCRAT spokesperson Al Sharpton, at a rally for “voters rights”, hugged DEMOCRAT Melowese Richardson, a poll worker who admitted  – and was convicted for – voting for DEMOCRAT Barack Obama five times in the 2012 election.  It is but one small example of a huge and accelerating problem.

Thank God only 22% of Americans are that crooked.  That would indicate at least half of all Democrats support voter ID.  The other Democrats persist with the biggest lie EVER.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

Rockin' On the Right Side

Lie to me
It doesn’t matter anymore
It could never be
The way it was before

 Lie to Me – Jonny Lang

Livin’ In a Land Down Under

kangaroosI spent a day with some friends from Australia last weekend.  It’s sad to say, but they were more engaged in and knowledgeable about American politics and economics than most fellow Yankees I meet.

We had riveting discussions comparing the political and economic situations of our two countries.  One thing became obvious right away – wage rates “down under” far exceed ours.  While the Aussie dollar and the American dollar are near parity, Australian laborers earn $25 or more per hour, while the norm in my American city seems to be about $12 per hour.  Australian professionals appear to earn considerably more than Americans do as well, but taxes take a pretty healthy bite, and prices are high on some items.

Our three guests were all government employees, yet they were very fiscally conservative.  One was a nurse who works for a government-owned and operated health care system.  She explained that citizens who purchase private health insurance can choose their own (presumably superior) doctors and care facilities.  No one is refused care at the public hospitals.

I was surprised to learn that the unions and government are combatants in Australia.  And my friends were shocked to hear about the circle of corruption in the US, where government employees’ unions get politicians elected in exchange for favors and more government jobs.  They wondered why they had not heard about some of the issues I presented, and I explained that for many years our news media have been bedfellows with the democrats, and their reporting is rigidly slanted in that direction (with the exception of Fox News, for whom my guests had no respect).  The Aussies are not impressed with the dearth of real news here, lamenting that they never hear their nation even mentioned in the media.

When we expressed our concerns about vote fraud in recent elections, especially in Montana, they described how their election system requires each citizen to vote – and failure to do so results in a hefty fine.  “We don’t use voting machines, it’s all done manually under great scrutiny,” we were told.

They weren’t pleased that their current prime minister, Julia Gillard of the Labor Party, was not elected by the people.  She assumed office in 2010 when her predecessor, Kevin Rudd, was ousted as the Labor Party leader.  “And she won’t be elected this September, either!”  they announced with firm resolve.  It bothered me greatly that until our visit I didn’t even know who the leader of Australia is.

We shared common concerns about the leftward (and downward) drift in education, and the over-reaching environmental movement.  They understood our worries about illegal immigration: “You mean your immigrants don’t have national identification cards?” they asked.  Of course their border is protected by a rather large ocean.

The big eye-opener for the Aussies was our commitment to the second amendment.  At age 30, one of our guests had never seen or touched a gun.  I showed her mine, and it was as if all the oxygen was sucked out of the room.  My wife and I explained concealed carry permits, and our belief in the fundamental right to protect ourselves, our families, and our property.  They insisted that the bad guys in Australia don’t have guns, so the good guys don’t need them either.  I hope they are right about that.  In our case, unilateral disarmament would be suicidal.

Our friends are well aware of the United States’ tenuous economic condition and our stifling $16 trillion dollar debt.  We pondered where is the “best place” to be, economically and politically, in a world where trouble lurks in every corner.

“We think we have it pretty straight,” they said.  I couldn’t disagree.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

Rockin' On the Right Side

Livin’ in a land down under,
Where women glow and men plunder,
Can’t you hear, can’t you hear the thunder?
You better run, you better take cover!

Land Down Under – Men at Work

I Marked Dozens of Ballots

On election night, I worked at the vote tabulator machine in our county courthouse for ten hours.  The machine was a total disaster.

I was supposed to be an election “watcher”, keeping an eye on how things were working as part of our voter integrity project.  But our county’s ES&S 650 tabulator machine was so dysfunctional that I, and two other election “judges” (one Democrat, one Republican), ended up manhandling the machine and the ballots until 2 am just to get the vote count for our county done.

Our tabulator machine jammed and rejected ballots continually.  Our election official had to mark hundreds of ballots with a sharpie just to get the machine to recognize them as ballots.  For a while we had bipartisan remediation teams who negotiated and fixed ballots that were poorly marked or had overvotes.  When they left, we had to fix them at the machine on the fly.  I personally marked dozens of ballots to make them acceptable to our tabulating machine – darkening circles, fixing cross-outs, whiting-out overvotes, etc.

Phones were ringing – our secretary of state and news media wanted final counts.  Pressure mounted.  Ballots flew all over.  Scans and re-scans and more re-scans.  By the time we finished at 2 am, we were exhausted.

We unpaid volunteers worked our butts off, and without us the count would never have been completed.  Did I see any corruption?  Absolutely not.  Was there opportunity for corruption?  Hell yes!  Do I have confidence in the quality of the count?  Not much.  Who knows how many ballots were not counted, or were duplicate counted?

Earlier in the week, we ran a test batch of ballots through our tabulator in which nearly half the candidates and issues on the ballots were miscounted by the machine, according to triple-checked manual audits.

This year there was much attention paid to voter integrity before the election, and competing claims about whether or how much chicanery was happening at the polls.  What many of us learned is that the problems are not in the front of the house.  They are in the back, where the ballots are counted.

While I did not see any evidence of intentional fraud at our county, in our small town, where friends and neighbors treat each other with respect and honesty, I can’t vouch for the many other counties nationwide using the same dysfunctional ES&S 650 tabulator system.  And with or without intentional vote fraud, the integrity of the process and count results is not good.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

If you need someone to count on, count me in
Someone you can rely on through thick and thin
When you start to count the ones that you might ever doubt
If you think of counting me, count me out

Count Me In – Gary Lewis and the Playboys

Absentee Ballots – Invitation To Voter Fraud

There are so many things going haywire in our nation that you just can’t keep up with them all.

It’s like whack-a-mole.   “Federal Land Grabs!”  Bam!  “Agenda 21!”  Bam!   “Election Fraud!”   Bam! Bam! Bam!  You can’t keep up – when you try to smack down one issue, two or three more pop up.

Yesterday a friend and I made a trip to our County Courthouse to meet the Clerk and Recorder and learn all about our old ES&S 570 tabulator (vote counting machine).  We wanted to know exactly how this thing works and if there are any weaknesses or opportunities for hanky-panky.  We were warmly greeted and our Clerk went out of her way to answer all of our questions.  She even took time out of her busy day to give us a test drive.

The machine is a pretty clunky old gal, but understandable and serviceable.  There are opportunities for people error, but the machine itself is pretty fool-proof as near as we could tell.  However, our visit actually pointed us to an unexpected and much bigger problem – absentee ballots.

Our secretary of state, Linda McCulloch, insists “voter fraud is nonexistent in Montana“.   If your local fire chief tells you “fires are nonexistent in my town”, you’d better start looking for a new fire chief.   He not only may not see fires that do occur, he also doesn’t feel the need to prevent them.  Great gig if you can get it.

The fact is, our absentee ballot system is a neon-flashing, irresistible invitation to any unscrupulous group wanting to control an election.  Here’s why:

Every voting jurisdiction in Montana, and in most states, mails absentee ballots to out-of-state addresses.  Many are sent to people who previously lived in the district.  Some are college students who originally registered using their parents’ address.  In any event, if someone is registered to vote in the district, all they have to do is request an absentee ballot, fill it out and sign it, and return it to the county clerk.  As long as they keep voting, they remain registered at the last address on file and can continue voting forever, regardless of where their ballot is sent.  They never have to set foot in the state.

I asked our clerk if they check to see if these out-of-state absentee voters are also registered to vote in other states.  “No,” was the succinct reply.

How many votes in Montana elections are being placed by people who no longer live here?  Or perhaps never did?  How easy would it be for me to register to vote in Montana, using a fictitious name and/or address, and then ask for an absentee ballot to be sent to me in Newark, New Jersey?  Using technology, why couldn’t I do this a thousand times or more?

It may sound like too much work for an amateur like you or me for just one vote.  But elections are no longer just about choosing the right person for a local government office.  There are huge government dollars at stake and deep pocket special-interest groups who will do and spend whatever it takes to throw an important election – think, for instance, Al Franken.  And what’s the down-side if you get caught?

The only verification of absentee voters is a brief check of the signature on the envelope against the scanned signature on the registration at the secretary of state’s website.  In our courthouse, whoever gets the mail performs this function.  It is unsupervised and unscientific at best (I watched a small batch being checked-in and saw a very suspicious signature accepted.)  I know there are many conscientious employees in our county offices, but if it’s a busy day, especially in a very large district, is this a step that might get skipped?  Following up on a suspicious signature is tedious and time-consuming.  Who would know the difference?

We all love the convenience of absentee voting, and its use is exploding all over the country.  I maintain that vote fraud will explode right along with it unless we take one or two preventative steps:

  • stop mailing absentee ballots out of state
  • develop a nationwide registration system and cross-check registrations, similar to that built by True The Vote, a national voter integrity advocate group

I know my libertarian friends oppose national ID cards and related identification processes such as fingerprint and retina imaging, but this would be yet another perfect justification for their use.

This is not an indictment of our County Clerks and their employees.  In our sparsely-populated, rural state, there is probably less election fraud than in populous areas.   In larger cities, where ballots are handled in huge batches and nobody knows anybody else, and where votes are worth big money, it looks like easy money.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

This video of the Who in 2001 includes
bassist John Entwistle just before his death, and
Zak Starkey (Ringo’s son) on the drums –
sure looks like his Dad, but plays even better!

Who are you?
Who, who, who, who?

Who Are You – the Who

Corruption in Small Town Montana

We tend to think corruption happens somewhere else.  Chicago maybe.  Surely not in rural Montana.

It hurts to admit that our beautiful state is just as vulnerable to government corruption and election fraud as anywhere else.  Maybe more so, because rural people are often trusting souls.

The recent release of Lynn Rosenberg from prison resurrects the story of the “Wheatland 6” and the ugly corruption scandal that enveloped the community of Harlowton a few years ago.

The story got more national attention than local.  If you are one of the many who missed it, here’s a Cliffs Notes version of the sordid tale.

In January of 2008, Lynn Rosenberg was sentenced to 54 months in prison for the theft of over $194,000 in taxpayer funds (the actual amount embezzled was probably greater) and aggravated identity theft.  Mrs. Rosenberg ran the Office of Public Assistance in Wheatland County, a one-person department in the small town of Harlowton.

The drama began when authorities learned that for years she had been creating fake welfare client accounts, mostly using identities of former Wheatland County residents who had moved away long ago.  She set up bank accounts and post office boxes to receive welfare checks, food stamps, and EBT cards (electronic benefit cards), forging endorsements on the checks and draining the cards at Wal-Mart.  The scheme finally blew up when an anti-theft federal computer program cross-matched one of her welfare “clients” as a truck driver in Oregon who had been earning $80k per year since 2003, and hadn’t received benefits since he lived in Wheatland County in 1991.

For years, Mrs. Rosenberg was on a taxpayer-funded spending spree, aided by many people who had to have known, or at least suspected, that something was amiss.  So why didn’t anybody “blow the whistle” sooner?

One possible reason: her husband, Jim Rosenberg, was – and still is – the county sheriff, a powerful local figure clearly able to ruin your day if you are a local resident.

In November of 2010 a group of concerned Wheatland County citizens, who came to be known as “the Wheatland 6”, were incredulous that Sheriff Rosenberg was running for re-election as if nothing had happened.  His wife had admitted serious embezzlement from the taxpayers.  “If he knew about it, he is corrupt.  And if he didn’t know, he is incompetent.  Either way, we want him out,” the Wheatland 6 said.

The group met with the Montana Dept. of Justice to determine if the DOJ had investigated whether the Sheriff was complicit in the embezzlement scheme.  The response from the DOJ was to refer them to federal authorities, who had requested jurisdiction in the case, calling prosecution at the federal level a “cakewalk”.

The Wheatland 6 mounted a primary campaign to battle Sheriff Rosenberg’s re-election.  To their amazement, the Sheriff had some local support, but their relentless efforts to educate local voters began to get traction, and in the days approaching the primary they were confident the voters would reject a sheriff whose wife is a convicted felon serving time.

Two citizens who were later aligned with the Wheatland 6 were election judges, working in the voter area at the polling station on election day.  They watched and noted many inappropriate and disallowed practices, such as vote counters (who should be sequestered) wandering around the voting area and conversing with election judges and voters, discussing the counts, and making and receiving phone calls during the process.  They witnessed “chaotic” conditions in the counting room, as officials allowed lists and ballots to be strewn around the room, with little or no oversight of the reading and counting of votes.

Feeling insecure as novice election judges, they did not question other, more experienced election officials about these improprieties during the polling.  But they were so alarmed at what they saw, they sought out the County Clerk immediately after the polls closed.  Based on their observations, the County Clerk agreed that there should be a recount, and said she would look into it.  When she failed to follow through on her promise, the citizens began the process of seeking an official recount, escalating their request to the Commissioner of Political Practices and the Secretary of State.

After initially encouraging the Wheatland 6 to pursue a recount, support from the Secretary of State’s office soon waned, leaving their fate in the hands of the county commissioners.  At the next commission meeting, the commissioners refused to hear any testimony, approved the canvass, sealed Rosenberg’s primary win, and summarily ruled against recount.  Their response to the upset citizens was, “If you don’t like our decision, sue us.”

Life goes on in Wheatland County.  Jim Rosenberg won the general election and is still the sheriff.  His wife again lives in Harlowton, having completed her prison sentence.

And the Wheatland 6 still wonder who they can trust.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

Nobody rocks it like Steve Miller –

You know he know just exactly,
What the facts is.
He ain’t gonna let those two escape justice,
He makes his livin’ off of the people’s taxes.
Go on, take the money and run!
Go on, take the money and run!

No Vote Fraud in Montana? You Kiddin’ Me?

How incredibly irresponsible can an elected official be?  Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch recently distributed an editorial saying, “Crying wolf about the security of Montana’s elections is an intentional and deliberate attempt to decrease voter turnout by gaining support for laws that will restrict your right to vote.”

The official Montana Secretary of State website lists McCulloch’s number one priority: “interpreting state election laws and overseeing elections.”  Her job is to identify weaknesses in our voting system and take measures to prevent election fraud.  She should be proudly and aggressively investigating complaints, auditing processes, and training personnel to protect the integrity of our votes.

Instead, she denies any responsibility.  “The results are overwhelmingly clear. Voter fraud – votes knowingly cast by ineligible individuals – does not exist in Montana,” McCulloch wrote.

I think back to my first college job, busting my butt in Nelson’s tire shop in Great Falls on a cold November day, looking out at the long line of muddy, sloppy cars waiting for snow tire installation.   I sure wish I could have said “It is overwhelmingly clear!  There is no snow in Montana, so the need for snow tires does not exist!”

I would have been fired, and so should McCulloch.  There IS snow in Montana, and there IS election fraud.

Last weekend a group of Tea Party leaders from around the state met in Helena for a planning session, and one of the hot topics was the escalating incidence of election fraud.  One described how, in his small precinct, over 200 absentee ballots were mailed to out of state addresses!  Since the returned ballots were hidden from poll watchers by officials, no one knows how many were accepted as valid by the county election officials.

Another related how a poll watcher friend saw and pointed out to the official that twelve consecutive ballots were signed by the same person with the same pen.  The official blushed, and said “I’ll take care of this,” and removed the ballots to a back room, where nobody could see what ultimately happened to them.

A study of the 2008 Montana election results points out serious flaws in the Missoula County vote tabulator machine processes and the Montana Votes database.

While the absentee ballot is a great convenience, it is also an opportunity for easy election fraud.  And McColloch’s equating the requirement for photo ID at the polls with “voter repression” is just asinine and disingenuous.  There can be no other reason for denying this reasonable test of voter integrity than the accommodation of fraud.

This is not a partisan issue.  Voters of all parties and persuasions should demand election integrity from their secretary of state.  Linda McCulloch is not interested in fulfilling that number-one priority.  If she doesn’t believe there is election fraud in Montana, she is fooling herself – and the voters.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

Enjoy one of the all-time great live concert bands – Styx

You’re fooling yourself if you don’t believe it
You’re kidding yourself if you don’t believe it

Fooling Yourself – Styx