[Vision2020] Fwd. Jill Stein Email, 1-25-18: "Fighting for 1st ever exam of critical election software"

Ted Moffett starbliss at gmail.com
Fri Jan 26 17:00:24 PST 2018

*This quote attributed to Joseph Stalin was not part of the Jill Stein
email.  Nonetheless, it appears rather relevant to the issues...*

*"You know, comrades," says Stalin, "that I think in regard to this: I
consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but
what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and
how." *


*Update:* *A historical source has been found for one version of this
quote.* The source is Boris Bazhanov's *Memoirs of Stalin's Former
Secretary* <http://www.panrus.com/books/details.php?langID=1&bookID=5905>,
published in 1992 and only available, so far as I know, in Russian
<http://lib.ru/MEMUARY/BAZHANOW/stalin.txt>. The pertinent passage, which
appears near the end of chapter five, reads as follows (loosely translated
with the help of Google):

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jill Stein <HQ at jill2016.com>
Date: Thu, Jan 25, 2018 at 11:50 AM
Subject: Fighting for 1st ever exam of critical election software
To: Ted Moffett <starbliss at gmail.com>

* [image: Jill 2016]
Dear Ted, Over a year after the historic effort to recount the 2016 vote,
our legal team is still at work in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania fighting for
an election system that is accurate, secure and just - and free from
interference by any intruders, whether foreign or domestic! Towards that
end, we now have the exciting opportunity to conduct a groundbreaking
state-wide examination of the voting machine “source code” - a crucial
piece of voting machine software which controls the actual counting and
tallying of the votes. Incredibly, the source code for voting software has
never before been examined for evidence of tampering or errors that would
compromise an election! During the recount, we claimed the right to examine
this software under a new, unique Wisconsin law. This examination,
conducted by computer voting experts, would check for evidence of human
error, intentional interference or tampering by anyone - whether foreign
powers, criminal networks, domestic partisans, or corporations that control
the voting software. But it will be a tough legal fight to make this
happen.  That’s because election law largely protects the privacy and
profits of voting software companies over our right to an accurate and
secure vote. Before we can have the software examined, the Wisconsin
Election Commission (WEC) must put in place confidentiality rules to
protect the software companies’ private information. Not surprisingly, the
vendors of the voting software used by Wisconsin, Dominion Voting Systems,
Inc. and Election Systems & Software, Inc., have opposed our request and
have sought what we believe is an unfair confidentiality agreement that
would prevent us from communicating with the public about our findings -
even if we agreed not to disclose anything proprietary. The WEC has been
reviewing our request and the vendors’ response and we expect a final
decision at their special meeting on January 31st. If they do not grant us
access to this crucial source code software, and the ability to share our
findings with the public, we will challenge their decision in court.   The
2016 election was remarkable for evidence of hacking into multiple voter
registration systems, private voting software companies, and local election
officials’ computers. That makes it all the more surprising that no one has
checked to see whether the hacking extended to the voting software used
during the election. Stay tuned for an update from Wisconsin soon. In
Pennsylvania we had sought a Federal Court order for a statewide recount,
including an examination of voting machine software, which unfortunately
was denied in December 2016. Though that decision derailed the Pennsylvania
recount effort, we came right back with a challenge to the
constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s incredibly complicated recount
procedure. That procedure requires tens of thousands of voters to file
legal requests for a recount by deadlines that county and state officials
were unable to specify. This quagmire of bureaucracy effectively denies
citizens their right to verify that their votes are counted. The suit also
calls for a forensic examination of voting equipment in order to verify the
accuracy of the vote. Since Pennsylvania voting equipment is mostly
paperless, there is no other option to verify the vote.   We expect that
the case and its accompanying appeals are still a long way from over. Stay
tuned for updates as the case progresses. In addition to the lawsuit,
Pennsylvania has seen an impressive emergence of grassroots action on
election integrity and voting justice issues. Along with many other
organizations, our team and supporters are working to prevent Pennsylvania
from enacting restrictive Voter ID laws, and other disenfranchisement
schemes like the wrongful purging of legitimate voters through programs
like Interstate Crosscheck. It’s clear that the struggle for election
integrity and voting justice won’t be easy or quick, but it is critical for
building a real democracy that our future depends on. Thank you for leading
the charge, and making all of this possible with your initial recount
support! It’s in our hands,Jill Stein PS. If you have questions about the
recount effort or ongoing election integrity litigation, please take a look
at our Recount 2016 frequently asked questions
If you don’t see an answer to your question, please send it to us and we’ll
do our best to answer it. [image: Jill 2016]
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