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THE SECURE MY VOTE PETITION SUMMARY:
Whereas the 1 st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees the right of its citizens to petition their leaders and representatives for a redress of grievances, and that the Constitution of the sovereign state of Utah ratifies and expands upon that right, we the undersigned present to you as an elected official the following to ensure honest, accurate, and transparent election procedures and results.
WE REPECTFULLY DEMAND:
1. A requirement that photo ID must be displayed at every stage of following to ensure honest, accurate, and transparent election procedures and results. the voting process, including for mail-in ballots, and an end to “same day” voting.
2. With limited common sense exceptions, that registered voter data should be made available to the public to maximize election transparency.
3. Utah’s withdrawal from ERIC, Inc., returning management of the state’s voter rolls exclusively to personnel directly responsible to officials elected by the citizens of the state of Utah.
4. An end to the Ranked Choice Voting experiment in Utah, and a prohibition on any election experiments, including “approval” voting.
5. A return to in-person, precinct voting, limiting mail-in ballots to those who are unable to vote at the polls on election day.
6. Without exception, that voting over the internet be prohibited in all elections conducted in the state of Utah.
7. A return to the hand counting of paper ballots in each neighborhood precinct on election day, with the results announced that night.
8. An audit provision that mandates the recounting of a small sample of ballots by hand immediately after any election, with an expanded audit authorized if discrepancies are found.
WHEREAS the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees the right of its citizens to petition their leaders and representatives for a redress of grievances, and the Constitution of the sovereign state of Utah ratifies and expands upon that right, we the undersigned present to you the following demands to ensure clean, honest, and accurate election procedures and results:
1. This year the National Conference of State Legislatures again rated Utah’s voter ID law as “non-strict.” Utah does not require photo ID for voters and now allows “same day” registration and voting. We respectfully demand the requirement of photo ID at every stage of the voting process, including for mail-in ballots, and an end to “same day” voting.
2. One reason for public voter rolls is to ensure the transparency of elections. Currently, approximately 40% of the state voter file is not available to the public. Granting that a relatively small number of voters should be able to keep their registration information private (domestic violence victims, witness protection, etc.), we respectfully demand that with limited common sense exceptions, registered voter data should be made available to the public to maximize election transparency.
3. Recently Alabama and Louisiana ended their participation in ERIC, Inc., a private firm which manages Utah’s voter rolls. Concerns have been raised about voter roll inaccuracies and usage of the extensive data collected. ERIC’s original funding and current activities have been connected to actors with ideological motives. We respectfully demand that Utah withdraw from ERIC, Inc. and return management of the state’s voter rolls to personnel directly responsible to officials elected by the citizens of the state of Utah.
4. Utah has been experimenting at the municipal level with ranked-choice voting (RCV). We respectfully demand an end to the RCV experiment in Utah, and a prohibition on any election experiments, including “approval” voting.
5. Mail-in ballots have been identified by numerous experts as a notorious source of election fraud due to chain-of-custody, identification, intimidation, and voter roll issues. In addition, despite the statements of proponents, mail-in ballots cannot by themselves be shown to increase voter turnout. We respectfully demand a return to in-person, precinct voting, limiting mail-in ballots to those who are unable to vote at the polls on election day.
6. Organizations as disparate as the liberal Center for American Progress and the conservative Heritage Foundation believe voting over the internet is an unsafe practice. Yet Utah allows the emailing of votes from overseas and is experimenting with voting on cell phones. We respectfully demand voting over the internet be prohibited in all elections conducted in the state of Utah.
7. Ballots in Utah are counted by machines that prevent election watchers from seeing the actual counting of votes. These machines are almost always internet capable and make county and state election officials dependent on vendors who have appeared adverse to public scrutiny. Utah at one time counted the votes within each precinct, by hand, with results almost always available the same night. France recently counted 33 million votes by hand and issued the results on election night. Within the last two U.S. presidential election cycles, prominent figures from both major political parties (referring to different elections) have alleged that widespread fraud occurred, casting doubt on the machine-counted official election results. In this climate we respectfully demand a return to the hand counting of paper ballots in each neighborhood precinct on election day.
8. To ensure an accurate vote count and the confidence of citizens in the electoral process we respectfully demand an audit provision that mandates the recounting of a small sample of ballots by hand immediately after any election, with an expanded audit authorized if discrepancies are found.
National Conference of State Legislatures “Voter ID Laws,” 7/18/22
PUBLIC VOTER ROLLS, ERIC:
The following article links to several others discussing the importance of public voter rolls and concerns about the origins and motives of ERIC.
RANKED-CHOICE VOTING EXPERIMENT (RCV):
The organization FairVote, funded by various Soros-connected foundations, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Tides Foundation, is attempting to establish ranked-choice voting in Utah. FairVote – InfluenceWatch. See also, Ranked-Choice Voting Should Be Ranked Dead Last as an Election Reform | The Heritage Foundation
For Approval voting, see
VOTER TURNOUT, MAIL-IN BALLOTS, NEW SYSTEMS OF VOTING:
See Voter Turnout below, also the Carter-Baker presidential commission report.
Bipartisan Presidential Commission on Elections Report , pg 35. Aggressive “authentic” candidates and the reaction to them, high partisanship, clear discussion of differences on the issues of the day, and a perceived close election raises turnout. The highest turnout figures were in the 1800s, when there was no absentee ballots or cars to take voters to distant polls. See also, Utah Foundation, Apr. 27, 2017
VOTING ON THE INTERNET:
Center for American Progress states “Utah allows voters stationed or living overseas to return voted ballots electronically, a practice that election security experts say is notoriously insecure.”
https://americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/020118_ElectionSecurity-report11.pdf#page=176. The compilers of the 2018 report were evidently not aware that a Utah pilot project also allows voting on cell phones through the Voatz system. Three MIT experts were alarmed
THE HERITAGE LINK:
https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.369.6511.1577. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is also opposed. Internet Voting Remains Insecure, Says AAAS EPI Center | American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
HAND COUNTING BALLOTS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD PRECINCT:
The following report about French election practices could be a description of how Utah’s voting system worked for decades. “Each polling place [in France] has approximately 1,000 registered voters. During the day, poll workers at each polling place take note when 100 ballots have been cast. At that point the ballots are retrieved and sent to the counting station. This is repeated, each time another 100 ballots have been cast. Therefore, because the bulk of the counting is done during the day, the votes will have been counted within an hour and thirty minutes of the closing of the polls.” Ballot Access News, Apr. 24, 2022
Democrat Stacy Abrams claimed election fraud cost her the Georgia governorship in 2018, and along with Senators Kamela Harris, Amy Klobachar, and Elizabeth Warren posed many of the same arguments against electronic voting systems that Trump loyalists would use after 2020.
RISK LIMITING AUDIT:
This is the type of audit described in the petition. It requires minimal resources so it could be undertaken right away. The audit process only goes forward if irregularities are found. This approach has been growing in popularity for several years. From Verified Voting:
National voter turnout rates
VEP: Voting Eligible Population
Voter turnout as a percentage of eligible, as opposed to registered voters has never approached the 80% rates achieved in the run up to, and in the years after the Civil War. The progressive era diminished partisanship and voter turnout. Turnout revived in certain election years after that without establishing an upward trend. Another nosedive in participation followed until the beginning of our current hyper-partisan era. The introduction of absentee ballots, the automobile, government motivational advertising, “Motor Voter,” foreign language ballots, early voting, same day registration, and mail-in voting have had little to do with this pattern. Graph from Professor Michael P. McDonald.