• Dr. Lora Chamberlain

Illinois is NOT ready for Universal Vote By Mail

Corrupt Illinois is NOT ready for a Universal Vote By Mail Election System!

Thanks for witness slipping against BOTH of the Universal Vote By Mail bills in IL, (see below).


Basically, Universal Vote By Mail involves too many ballots, going to too many people, who can do too many fraudulent things with them, such as: vote selling, coercion of voters by spouses, family members, employers and gangs in the neighborhood, and ballot stealing.


Gone will be any real accounting for our ballots or chain of custody requirements. Will ballots show up to vacant buildings, requested by God knows who? Will folks in progressive areas such as Rogers Park not receive their ballots? All sorts of election fraud could ensue with a Universal Vote By Mail election system.


Corrupt Illinois is NOT the same electoral environment as progressive Oregon or Washington!


Below is information circulated by Melissa Urda of Illinois Ballot Integrity Project with more talking points and all the necessary links.


We urge you oppose legislation that will be heard in the Illinois House Executive Committee on February 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm, HB 195 and HB 257

These bills would push Illinois into an All Vote by Mail State. “Every registered voter within that election authority's jurisdiction shall receive a vote by mail ballot...Cities may adopt an ordinance or resolution permitting the election authority with jurisdiction over the city to send every registered voter residing within that city a vote by mail ballot”


Please submit a witness slip as an OPPONENT of BOTH bills - Here is the Witness Slip for HB195 for the February 13, 2019 hearing: http://my.ilga.gov/WitnessSlip/Create/114058?committeeHearingId=16458&LegislationId=114058&LegislationDocumentId=145154


Here is the witness slip for HB 257 - the second Universal Vote By Mail bill: http://my.ilga.gov/WitnessSlip/Create/114224?committeeHearingId=16458&LegislationId=114224&LegislationDocumentId=145341


How to fill out the slip: Fill out your personal information and check the boxes: Opponent and Record of Appearance Only, and click agreement with the Terms.


You may also call the Chair of the Executive Committee to oppose the legislation Rep. Emanual Chris Welch (217) 782-8120


PROBLEMS WITH ALL MAIL-IN BALLOTS


Chain of Custody for ballots—who has possession of the ballots during the entire process? (a private firm?) Can ballots be excluded from being processed, can ballots be harvested (stolen), or bought? – a great article on this topic is: Voting by mail grows in popularity – but is it reliable? www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2017/1221/Voting-by-mail-grows-in-popularity-but-is-it-reliable


Lack of Security—are the ballots secured so that no tampering can result? To date, there is no audit or reconciliation of elections materials (# of ballots, voter registration forms, etc) before, during or after the election in any Illinois election jurisdiction.


Hackable Vote Counting machines--Computerized high-speed voting machines, used to count Vote By Mail ballots, can be hacked remotely by INSIDERS. For example, a voting machine vendor working from home had REMOTE ACCCESS to the voting system in Venango County, PA. “Logs showed the software was installed two years earlier and used multiple times, most notably for 80 minutes on November 1, 2010, the night before a federal election.” The Myth of the Hacker Proof Voting Machine. The May 2011 primary resulted in “numerous reports of vote-flipping, candidates missing from screens, write-ins missing, and high undervote rates.” Audit forensics showed “someone used a computer that was not a part of county's election network to remotely access the central election tabulator computer, illegally, "on multiple occasions."

Complete Privatization of the Electoral Process—Centralized vote processing and counting of all absentee ballots, could lead to the creation of algorithms to determine correct and incorrect signature matches - could this lead to voter disenfranchisement?


No Audit of the Vote—Absentee ballots are not subject to post-election audits in IL

Lack of transparency—the public no longer has access to witnessing the electoral process before, during and after the election.


No exit polling data available—the gold standard to determine the veracity of the vote, the unadjusted exit polls, will no longer be available in Illinois. Exit polls are valuable to determine if the voting machine outcome matches the will of the people, the exit polls. http://www.exit-poll.net/election-ni…/EvaluationJan192005.pd


Provisional ballots cast rather than regular ballots November 2018: In Illinois during the November 2018 election, pollwatchers in several jurisdictions, noted voters had to cast provisional ballots at the poll, since they allegedly were sent an absentee mail-in-ballot, though they did not request one being sent.


Privatization of the vote Vendors would bid for supplying all aspects of the election from the absentee ballots and envelopes to the high-speed tallying machines for processing the ballots. Vendors may also have access to voter databases. This may also include authentication signature software to determine eligibility of the voter, as well as past voting records. Authentication software tolerance can also be set to be less or more stringent for exact matches, depending on the vendor.


The FBI informed MARYLAND that their election system software had ties to a RUSSIAN OLIGARCH. ByteGrid LLC , “the software vendor handles statewide voter registration, candidacy, the election-management system, the online ballot-delivery system and the website for unofficial election-night results.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/89b8ce56-86fa-11e8-8f6c-46…


Lack of oversight—Cannot unring the bell Once IL moves toward all-vote-by-mail elections, the infrastructure of our current election system, voting at a poll, will be gone. And gone will be the oversight provided by election judges, pollwatchers, and voters in the poll.


Thank you,

Dr. Lora Chamberlain - Pres

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