I have been an Election Official myself for DECADES. I have read all the manuals in detail. I have been to dozens of training sessions. I have setup everything at a polling location including setting up and testing the voting machines. I have gone through processing absentee ballots. I have registered new voters and registered voters who have moved. I have been involved in the process that resulted in a vote tally for a polling station. I have delivered the secure ballots and counts to the central location in Madison. So, YES, I have some idea of how an election works. And I can say, that I was very glad to get a source that reviews what people are claiming as fraud, and how there really is virtually none.
Everyone who is concerned with the reports of election and voter fraud, should be sure to get information from the official Homeland Security website for it’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency which has a dedicated section of it’s website referred to as “Rumor Control“ in the left side panel of the website and as “Protect 2020 Rumor vs. Reality” on the dedicated webpage.
Here are 21 rumors and the conclusions reached by this official election integrity source. If you think this is an extensive list, wait till you see the extensive documentation at the website for in depth facts and details that document how the truth was determined and the conclusion reached for each and every one of these (official website source):
- Reality: Robust safeguards including canvassing and auditing procedures help ensure the accuracy of official election results.
Rumor: A bad actor could change election results without detection.
- Reality: Voter registration list maintenance and other election integrity measures protect against voting illegally on behalf of deceased individuals.
Rumor: Votes are being cast on behalf of dead people and these votes are being counted.
- Reality: Variations in vote totals for different contests on the same ballot occur in every election and do not by themselves indicate fraud or issues with voting technology.
Rumor: More votes in one contest than other contests on the ballot means that results cannot be trusted.
- Reality: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) do not design or audit ballots, which are processes managed by state and local election officials.
Rumor: DHS or CISA printed paper ballots with security measures and is auditing results as a countermeasure against ballot counterfeiting.
- Reality: Election results reporting may occur more slowly than prior years. This does not indicate there is any problem with the counting process or results. Official results are not certified until all validly cast ballots have been counted, including ballots that are counted after election night.
Rumor: If results as reported on election night change over the ensuing days or weeks, the process is hacked or compromised, so I can’t trust the results.
- Reality: Provisional ballots are counted in every election regardless of result margins.
Rumor: Provisional ballots are only counted if there’s a close race.
- Reality: In some circumstances, elections officials are permitted to “duplicate” or otherwise further mark cast ballots to ensure they can be properly counted.
Rumor: Witnessing election officials marking ballots means that fraudulent voting is taking place.
- Reality: Election night results are not official results.
Rumor: If election night reporting sites experience an outage, vote counts will be lost or manipulated.
- Reality: A defaced or manipulated election night reporting webpage would not impact counting and certification of official results.
Rumor: If the election night reporting webpage is defaced or displays incorrect results, the integrity of the election is compromised.
- Reality: Malicious actors can use fake personas and impersonate real accounts.
Rumor: If a social media account claims an identity, the account must be run by that person or organization.
- Reality: Cyber actors can “spoof” or forge email sender addresses to look like they come from someone else.
Rumor: I received an election-related email that looks like it came from a certain organization, so the organization must have sent it.
- Reality: Some voter registration data is publicly available.
Rumor: Someone possessing or posting voter registration data means voter registration databases have been hacked.
- Reality: Online voter registration websites can experience outages for non-malicious reasons.
Rumor: An online voter registration website experiences an outage and claims are made the election has been compromised.
- Reality: A compromise of a state or local government system does not necessarily mean election infrastructure or the integrity of your vote has been compromised.
Rumor: If state or local jurisdiction information technology (IT) has been compromised, the election results cannot be trusted.
- Reality: Malicious actors can fake manipulation of voter registration data to spread disinformation.
Rumor: Videos, images or emails suggesting voter registration information is being manipulated means voters will not be able to vote.
- Reality: Safeguards are in place to prevent home-printed or photocopied mail-in ballots from being counted.
Rumor: A malicious actor can easily defraud an election by printing and sending in extra mail-in ballots.
- Reality: Safeguards are in place to protect against fraudulent voting using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
Rumor: A malicious actor can easily defraud an election using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
- Reality: Election officials provide writing instruments that are approved for marking ballots to all in-person voters using hand-marked paper ballots.
Rumor: Poll workers gave specific writing instruments, such as Sharpies, only to specific voters to cause their ballots to be rejected.
- Reality: Voters are protected by state and federal law from threats or intimidation at the polls, including from election observers.
Rumor: Observers in the polling place are permitted to intimidate voters, campaign, and interfere with voting.
- Reality: Safeguards are in place to protect ballot secrecy.
Rumor: Someone is claiming to know who I voted for.
- Reality: Polling place lookup sites can experience outages for non-malicious reasons.
Rumor: If polling place lookup sites experience an outage, election infrastructure must have been compromised.
If you have any questions yourself, please email me … I would be happy to reply with what I know about your question from all my personal experience and training in this election process.
I personally wrote this and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)