|What About Affidavits And Other Efforts To Protect The Vote?
There are many web sites, blogs, and organizations that are trying to get those in power to restore public vote counting.
Some groups are even trying to get people to individually print out affidavits to sign and send in to help check the election results. But, it is very unlikely that enough people from any one precinct would ever send in enough affidavits to prove that the official results are wrong.
Let me give you an example. Let’s say that Ron Paul received 100 votes in a precinct, but the official results only showed that he received 85. If so, 15% of his votes disappeared and were likely added to another candidate. To prove that the official results are wrong, more than 85% of those who voted for Ron Paul in that precinct would have to print out, sign, and send in affidavits. To really make it clear that something very wrong had happened, rather than just a failure of the machines to count a couple of votes, over 90% would have to participate in such an effort. While the level of concern is that high, it is unlikely that 90% or more would make the required effort.
Certainly these efforts would likely produce thousands of affidavits and would deter theft of a large percentage of votes cast for a candidate. I urge you to participate in them as it only takes a couple of minutes and a stamp, but these efforts alone are not enough. If a smaller yet significant percentage of votes were stolen, such as 15%, it would change who took office, but it would be unlikely that enough affidavits would ever be received from a single precinct to prove the official results in that precinct were wrong.
Also, how long would it take to wade through thousands of affidavits to find that precinct? Many days at the least, but most likely weeks or months, if ever. Of course, if the number of affidavits returned for a precinct were close enough to proving that the official results were wrong, then someone from one of those organizations could go knocking on doors in that precinct to try to get affidavits from more of the people who voted.
That’s an idea that might work although it seems like a lot of effort. It is. It takes a lot of time. I know because I represented Clint Curtis, John Russell, Frank Gonzalez and others in contesting the 2006 elections in Florida. We obtained affidavits from enough voters in a number of precincts to show that at least 14% of the votes cast for Democratic Congressional candidates did not show up on the official results. Watch An Interview with Clint Curtis and the Walking for Democracy Project.
So, we gathered thousands of affidavits, and we filed contests in Florida state court and in the U.S. House of Representatives. We had proof that the election results were not accurate and that at least 14% of the votes cast for Democratic Congressional candidates did not show up on the official results. These votes were not just lost, like in Sarasota in 2006. They obviously were counted for the Republican candidates.
If you’re active in the election integrity community, then you’ve heard about the contests that I handled. If you happened to have seen one of the few articles that were run in the corporate media before they shut the information flow down on these contests or we got an affidavit from you, you may be aware of what happened with these cases if you read The Brad Blog, Scoop, Election Fraud News, or OpEdNews, but otherwise, you do not know how all of this evidence was treated. I’m sure that you can guess by now that the law and the facts were ignored. For more info, read How to Take Action on Holt and Fix Our Elections.
The reason that the court, Congress, and the media were able to ignore all of the affidavits was that not enough people knew about this evidence in a timely manner. However, in the Sarasota election, hundreds noticed that their votes were not registering properly, and they wanted answers. Too many people knew about it to cover it up. The news came out that over 18,000 votes disappeared. The public demanded change.
In the long run, the Sarasota contests were also swept under the rug, but the news coverage that was received helped push Florida’s leaders to pass the law requiring paper ballots beginning with the election in August of 2008. Of course, the new law still allows these paper ballots to be counted in secret on computers, and it has no meaningful audit requirement. So, we still need to work to ensure election integrity in Florida.
If the Sarasota election contestants would have followed our suggestions and collected information from voters to find out what the results should have been, then Christine Jennings would likely be in Congress today, and we would probably have restored trustworthy elections in Florida and maybe throughout the country.
So, we still need to push for reform. As you can see, I have been working on this issue for quite some time as have many others. I discuss these issues on a daily basis with almost every leader in the election reform community through the major election integrity email lists and over the phone. I have been involved in more Congressional election contests than any other attorney or former attorney that I know of. I’m one of the people who is regularly asked to speak on election reform on radio shows and public access shows. I’ve recently spoken about election integrity on Capitol Hill.
I get emails and calls from activists and concerned citizens on a regular basis. One timely call that I received led to a discovery which could result in the watershed case which does away with computers counting votes in secret in any election. Read South Carolina Elections Are UNCONSTITUTIONAL!?!