Secretary of State Hall of Shame

1. Examples of Secretaries of State who have undermined election integrity.

A. Katherine Harris (Florida 2000)

i. In addition to being Florida Secretary of State in 2000 (Bush v. Gore election that came down to Florida), Harris was a co-chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Florida.

https://www.salon.com/2000/11/13/harris_7/

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Katherine Harris, the former SOS of FLA, which handed Bush the presidency by just 537 votes, “mistakenly” purged 1100 voters from the voter rolls. http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/florida-voters-mistakenly-purged-in-2000/1235456 …

Few realize that a Global/Diebold EVM inexplicably lost 16k Gore votes in Volusia County, Florida in 2000. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2004/03/diebolds-political-machine/ …

Internal Global/Diebold memos acknowledged the Volusia error but did not explain it http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2004/03/diebolds-political-machine/ …

In 2000, Global brought on FELON Jeffrey Dean (embezzlement & ALTERING COMPUTER RECORDS) & made him SR VP https://people.csail.mit.edu/rivest/voting/press/2004-04%20Vanity%20Fair%20-%20Hack%20The%20Vote.pdf …

J. Dean of Global/Diebold was no ordinary criminal; his crimes involved a “HIGH DEGREE OF SOPHISTICATION.” https://www.wired.com/2003/12/con-job-at-diebold-subsidiary/ …

Soon after hiring Dean, Global hired a convicted drug trafficker to oversee punch card printing https://people.csail.mit.edu/rivest/voting/press/2004-04%20Vanity%20Fair%20-%20Hack%20The%20Vote.pdf …

https://www.salon.com/2000/11/13/harris_7/

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/jan/29/uselections2000.usa

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B. Ken Blackwell (Ohio Secretary of State 2004)

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2005/03/hitchens200503

http://ktla.com/2017/07/09/former-ohio-official-who-accidentally-released-social-security-numbers-is-on-trumps-voter-fraud-panel/

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2004/03/diebolds-political-machine/

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http://bit.ly/2hAY1EK

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http://www.dispatch.com/live/contentbe/dispatch/2006/04/04/20060404-A1-01.html

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In 2004 election, Ohio Secty of State Blackwell tried to BLOCK EXIT POLLS (but lost in court). https://www.fjc.gov/sites/default/files/2017/EE-OHS-1-04-cv-750-ABC.pdf …

Rove’s IT guru, Connell, created a 2004 election night “backup” server for OH Secty of State Blackwell.http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article24508330.html …

“Connell was the Bush campaign’s chief IT strategist.” https://harpers.org/archive/2012/11/how-to-rig-an-election/6/ …

Connell was to “create a ‘mirror site’ [backup server]” in case “official OH servers were overwhelmed” https://harpers.org/archive/2012/11/how-to-rig-an-election/6/ …

“Smartech of Chattanooga, Tenn., was retained to provide [the] BACKUP server.” http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article24508330.html …

Smartech had been PAID more than $72,000 by the Bush campaign. See screenshot below. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/article24508330.html …

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the SmarTech site [in Tennessee] went into action at 11:14 p.m. on Election Day.” https://harpers.org/archive/2012/11/how-to-rig-an-election/6/ …

Wired also confirmed that in 04, the OH Secty State website routed election results thru Smartech in Tennessee. https://www.wired.com/2007/04/did_ohio_electi/ …

The transfer of OH’s vote count 2 the backup server remains a mystery bc there’s no evidence OH’s system failed http://www.globalresearch.ca/court-filing-reveals-how-2004-ohio-presidential-election-wa …

Connell swore under oath that, ‘To the best of my knowledge, it was not a fail-over case scenario…” http://www.globalresearch.ca/court-filing-reveals-how-2004-ohio-presidential-election-was-hacked-unexpected-shift-in-votes-for-george-w/25786 …

Bob Magnan, a state IT specialist for the OH Secty State in 2004 “agreed that there was no failover scenario”. https://www.globalresearch.ca/court-filing-reveals-how-2004-ohio-presidential-election-was-hacked-unexpected-shift-in-votes-for-george-w/25786 …

Magnan was “unexpectedly sent home at 9 pm on election night & private contractors ran the system 4 Blackwell.” https://www.globalresearch.ca/court-filing-reveals-how-2004-ohio-presidential-election-was-hacked-unexpected-shift-in-votes-for-george-w/25786 …

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“Late on Election Day, John Kerry showed an insurmountable lead in exit polling…” https://harpers.org/archive/2012/11/how-to-rig-an-election/6/ …

Yet final vote tallies in 30 states deviated widely from exit polls, w/ discrepancy favoring Bush in all but 9 https://harpers.org/archive/2012/11/how-to-rig-an-election/6/ …

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“The greatest disparities [in 04] were concentrated in battleground states — particularly Ohio.” https://harpers.org/archive/2012/11/how-to-rig-an-election/6/ …

In one Ohio precinct,exit polls gave Kerry “67 % of the vote, but the certified tally gave him only 38%.” https://harpers.org/archive/2012/11/how-to-rig-an-election/6/ …

C. John Husted (Ohio Secretary of State 2016 & current)

i. Husted turned off function allowing preservation of voting machine BALLOT IMAGES, an important audit function.

In November 2016, OH Secty of State Husted assured everyone the voting machines had paper audit function. http://www.newsandsentinel.com/uncategorized/2016/11/husted-stresses-secure-voting-process-in-ohio/ …

But OH Secty State Husted allowed counties 2 TURN OFF the voting machines’ paper audit function W/O EXPLANATION. http://www.globalresearch.ca/vote-machines-audit-function-disabled-and-worse/5556029 …

EI advocate Bob Fitrakis sued Husted 2 turn voting machine audit function back on. Judge David Cain (R) called suit “frivoloushttps://www.globalresearch.ca/vote-machines-audit-function-disabled-and-worse/5556029 …

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D. John Merrill (Alabama Secretary of State, current)

A Repub., a Dem., an Independent, & a minister have filed a LAWSUIT to compel ALABAMA SOS John Merrill to PRESERVE the DIGITAL BALLOT IMAGES that r generated automatically by AL’s VOTING MACHINES. The images can help verify the machine tally https://tinyurl.com/y8334r8z

“Not only did Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, the state’s top election official, oppose a simple transparency measure [preserving the ballot images that are part of the voting machine audit trail]. He fought it tooth and nail.” #ProtectOurVoteshttps://soapboxie.com/us-politics/It-Is-Up-to-States-Move-to-Preserve-Key-Potential-Evidence-of-Vote-Counting-Fraud-the-Ballot-Images

2. Examples of Secretaries of State who have improved election integrity and what they did?

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https://pilotonline.com/opinion/columnist/guest/marian-schneider-manual-recount-needed-to-ensure-valid-election-results/article_6ea467bf-68d8-5928-851c-30e9a115004b.html

3. Question: Back to bad Secretaries of State, I understand there’s an effort to recall Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp. What can you tell me about him?

HALL OF SHAME: GEORGIA SECRETARY OF STATE BRIAN KEMP (2016 and current):

https://rewire.news/article/2017/07/21/more-380000-georgia-voters-received-purge-notice/

http://www.flagpole.com/news/georgia-report/2017/07/12/brian-kemp-is-already-facing-controversies-in-the-governor-s-race

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Citing “states’ rights,” Kemp rejected DHS’s offer help to secure GA’s election system in August 2016.https://politicalcult.com/breaking-obamas-dhs-makes-alarming-move-rig-elections-not-good/

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/06/14/will-the-georgia-special-election-get-hacked-215255

IT expert Alex Halderman: Ballot-programming computers can be hacked, infecting USB sticks or memory cards that transfer the program 2 voting machines. https://www.verifiedvoting.org/alex-halderman-expert-testimony-before-the-us-senate-select-committee-on-intelligence/

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http://www.businessinsider.com/georgia-special-election-voting-machines-stolen-2017-4

4. Question: Why did the GA06 election receive so much attention?

The GA06 special election was the most expensive House race of all time. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/06/20/us/politics/georgia-6th-most-expensive-house-election.html …

As noted in the suit, GA is 1 of just 5 states that exclusively use touchscreen machines w/ NO PAPER AUDIT TRAIL. https://www.buzzfeed.com/hamzashaban/state-election-officials-confront-fears-of-election-day-hack?utm_term=.rw0Jwq1QP#.sxrrkN7V1 …

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http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/357323-georgia-election-server-wiped-days-after-lawsuit#.WgSWFRHTyFM.twitter

5. Question: What would you recommend to states hoping to improve their election security for 2018? You want hand marked paper ballots right? I know you’ve said that paper ballots are necessary but not sufficient. What do you mean by that?

6. Question: Why do the ballot images matter?

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Attorney and Election Integrity Advocate #ProtectOurVotes #PaperBallotsNow @jennycohn1

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