Proposal to Combat Iowa Election FraudSubmitted by sobrdup on Tue, 12/20/2011 - 18:49
We're learning Iowa Governor Terry Branstad may not approve of a Ron Paul 1st place Iowa win. Now that Dr. Paul is increasingly favored to win he talks of giving attention to the #2 and #3 slot results...
Aside from that we know election fraud is a HUGE concern, especially with a candidate like Ron Paul.
This election it appears Iowa will use paper ballots to be fed to an optical scanner. I'm encouraged that paper is involved (hence a trail), but of course paper ballot boxes have been known to disappear entirely too.
Is there anything we can do to protect against election fraud? I think so. Just as the Internet has allowed Dr. Paul's message to spread whether the establishment likes it or not, so too it can help communicate and ensure a fair election.
I see two choices:
#1 Ron Paul Claim Booths
This idea often comes up, and involves stationing volunteers at voting locations to flag Ron Paul vote casters to check in for vote confirmation. This way we can have an independent count of Paul votes to be displayed on a website.
I like this idea since it's pretty simple, straightforward, and easy to set up. One problem with this is a question of integrity of the final count. Since the operation is conducted by Paul supporters, any result favoring Dr. Paul would be subject to challenge as being padded. The other problem, even if slight, is compromising voter confidentiality.
However, some independent result would at least be something to go on, possibly for the purpose demanding a recount.
#2 Implement David Bismark's E-voting without fraud
For those that haven't seen it I think this is the future of all voting. It does make undoubtedly fair elections possible. View it here:
We probably can't get this implemented officially for the Republican nomination, but this system's implementation is not beyond the reach of a Ron Paul movement capable of inventing Moneybombs, and flying the first ever presidential Blimp!
It's based on just a few components:
1. Paper handouts
2. On-site scanner (can be camera phones)
We could organize a website like makesuremyvotecounts.com or something.
We get volunteers in Iowa to give a paper voting handout to every voter that receives an official paper ballot. The voter then allows the Vote Representative to snap a scan of the official vote ballot on top of the identifiable voting handout. The voter then goes to their private booth and marks their choice on both official and unofficial paper forms. Upon exit they turn in the official ballot, and allow the Vote Rep. to rescan their marked voting paper. The voter saves that as a their receipt which can be later looked up on the website.
In this way we would have undeniable evidence for vote results as outlined by Mr. Bismark in the video. It would be anonymous and tally all candidates too. The only variance would be people that didn't take part in the unofficial vote, but a reasonable margin of error could be factored in for that.
I can handle a lot of what is needed for the website part of this.
What does everyone think?