Citizens know better: no verified count on election night, no trust in count tabulated in secret
To Honorable Members of the NH Senate Election Law and Internal Affairs Committee:
A puzzled public is trying to comprehend what may have happened in the 2016 presidential election. Growing numbers of concerned citizens have come forward, calling for evidence that supports accusations of a "rigged" election. They question: If Russia could do it from the outside, certainly it could be done from the inside.
With increasing awareness, public thought turns to how our computers count votes secretly (out of the public eye), using secret proprietary software vulnerable to hacking. Computer security expert Dr. Herbert Hugh Thompson, Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Department at Columbia University, "determined not only how easy it was to hack into the GEMS software, but also how simple it was to change votes inside the system without leaving any record of the change behind." http://www.ninaillingworth.com/2016/04/28/hacking-democracy-2006-hbo-documentary-wicked-game-prologue/
"The real issue," says Bev Harris, founder of BlackBoxVoting.org: "Our right to self-government, and how current election systems have stripped away necessary public controls." "Why hacking demos are now insanity (toward more effective approaches)" March 2011.
In lieu of the above vulnerabilities, and the fact that more and more citizens want to know their votes are protected, it is difficult to understand why our State will not allow moderators to exercise their authority to conduct checks and balances on election night. The State's intervention has stripped away the only means possible for moderators to do so. Amended bill, SB 109, will protect the moderator’s right to exercise his or her duty to conduct crucial random verification hand-counts.
Remember your oath. Uphold the Constitution and stand behind the amended SB 109 on Feb. 23. There is no good reason for not supporting such a common sense public procedure. In a Democracy, voters should never be forced to "blindly trust," unverified results tabulated in secret.
Committee members, NH Senate, this is your opportunity to let moderators provide voters evidence they are contributing to an honest democratic vote-counting process, rather than a sham, which it is without verification and citizen oversight. Old English law (1703)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashby_v_White still holds true: the right to vote includes the right to examine an election to know votes were counted and recorded accurately.
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