The Problem with Paper Ballots

In the video of this article, Dr. Naomi Wolf proposes a new election system which can be adopted by all states. She essentially pushes for paper ballots, along with a set of rules for how they should be processed. The issue I have with paper ballots, is that they are inherently insecure, and are at the mercy of the scruples of those conducting an election. This means if you have unscrupulous people running an election, and opportunities exist for cheating, paper ballots will become compromised. (Examples of this include trucks dumping ballots of unknown origin at polling stations in the middle of the night, as well as thousands of mail-in ballots being gathered up by unscrupulous people, and filled out for a particular political candidate.) Generally, if you try to do a thorough audit of ballots, these people (invariably Democrats), will use lawfare and other tactics, to block you and undercut the audit. Democrats do massive amounts of cheating up front, then use every trick in the book, to prevent people from carefully examining critical parts of the ballot counting process.

What you need is a process that is inherently secure, that ensures up front, that cheating cannot take place (at least at scale). The process should also be able to accept ballots of any form in the future. Casting a current day ballot, is like using a debit card that doesn’t require a PIN. Many honest people will not abuse the debit card, but many others will. If you require ballots be cast with a state issued PIN, you will make ballots as inherently secure as debit cards. You will keep out the vast majority of fraud that takes place during elections, and you will undercut the Democrat party's tactic of front-loading elections with fraud, then preventing the counting process from being genuinely examined by auditors.

Naomi cited a number of issues with using electronic voting machines and systems. This guy cited even more. An electronic voting system can be placed on a private network, with the disparate parts of the system connected via a VPN. This makes the system inaccessible to bad actors on the Internet. Laws would require all software used to be Open Source, and all hardware used make their design and specifications available. Tallying the votes would be easy and transparent. Entering votes would be easy, and would have checks and balances – requiring designated poll observers, review and okay ballot inputs, for them to be able to be tallied.

Electronic voting systems can be secure: you just have to think them through.

Patmore Douglas 2/10/2024 2:53:00 AM