VOTE ON PAPER, IT IS SAFER!
Protect Your Vote – Chicago and Cook County Voters, please choose to vote on a real Paper Ballot, on Election Day, March 17th, at your local precinct, or Vote By Mail! VOTE ON PAPER, IT IS SAFER! -- plus 2 other important actions you can take!
1. Please vote on a real Paper Ballot, on Election Day, March 17th, at your local precinct. Early Voting in Chicago and Cook County is only on hackable machines - the new ballot marking devices (BMDs) produce a piece of paper that appears to have your voting choices on it, but your vote is actually counted from a hackable QR code stamped on the ballot,a code that you cannot read or verify! Actually, there are many problems with these new BMDs. Computer Scientists, Andrew Appel (Princeton U), Richard DeMillo (Georgia Inst.of Tech), and Philip Stark (U.of C. Berkeley), have warned “Ballot-Marking Devices (BMDs) Cannot Assure the Will of the Voters”, : https://democracychronicles.org/ballot-marking-devices/
An Action To Take: Please call your IL Rep and Sen, 1-217-782-2000, to Vote NO on SB 1863, and all other election bills, that allow Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs) to use proprietary QR codes/bar codes on ballots to record and tally the vote - we say "NO" to unreadable, unverifiable, proprietary QR codes or bar codes used to count our votes! BTW, Election Day, March 17th, is a great day to vote, the shortest lines at the polls are from 9 to 11am. Early Voting is fraught with potential heart break, (besides the machines not working), these races, especially the Dem. presidential race, are very fluid right up until Election Day. Voting early could mean that you throw your vote away if you vote for someone who drops out of the race, such as Amy Klobuchar, who dropped out today. Our recommendation to vote on a real paper ballot includes waiting until the very last day that you can so that you do not experience the heart break of wasting your vote - just a word to the wise.
2. Vote By Mail is our second choice! We understand the fears about coronavirus, even though in IL Vote By Mail ballots are never audited, we are saying that Vote By Mail is our second choice for voting this primary election - at least it involves voting on a hand-marked, real paper ballot. March 12th is the deadline for requesting a Vote By Mail ballot in both Chicago and Cook County - go to these links to find out more and apply online: In Chicago - https://chicagoelections.gov/en/vote-by-mail.html In Sub. Cook County - https://www.cookcountyclerk.com/agency/vote-mail All Vote By Mail ballots must be postmarked March 17 or earlier to be counted - so if you wait to fill it out and mail it on March 17th, make sure you plan to get your ballot to the local post office yourself - that way you can guarantee that it gets post marked on March 17th.
3. If in Chgo or Cook County please go today to www.cleancountcookcounty.org to sign up to be a post-election audit monitor - 1 day of your time donated to insure they are counting our votes accurately is a wonderful public service.