elections

Expose on Florida voting problems

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From the same producer of the “Hacking Democracy” film, Simon Ardizzone created the short film (above) “Protecting Democracy.”  It shows glaringly some of the problems that continue to haunt voting in Florida and the hard work that Susan Pynchon, Executive Director of Florida Fair Elections Coalition, has done and continues to do to promote election integrity.  She and Associate & Research Director Kitty Garber will conduct a panel discussion after the movie event on June 24th.  The questions surrounding the 2016 elections, which are still being investigated by the federal government, have yet to be resolved.  This short film generates even more questions and concerns.

The Fourth Estate, alt-facts and Russian hacks

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By Keith Simmons, USA TODAY

Also tying into the upcoming event and pertinent to the recently released information about Russian hacking of our election system, is a link to a piece in the CFL Grassroots Progressives website.   There’s a letter from the Supervisor of Elections in Seminole County stating that Russian hacking into our elections “didn’t work” and a rebuttal based on the recently leaked NSA document

The “fourth estate” is becoming an increasingly important resource for the protection of our democracy.  By forsaking alt-facts and publishing the truth, even if leaked by career civil servants, the legitimate media organizations are fighting against the extensive dysfunction and rampant rot within our three branches of  governmental “checks and balances.”  Sadly, these checks are now proving useless in protecting our country against “enemies foreign and domestic” but, thankfully, we still have a free press that is proving resilient in combating this corrupt administration.

Regarding the upcoming “Hacking Democracy” movie event, Daily Kos had a write up about the movie recently with a link to viewing the movie for free on-line. 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/5/8/1660116/-Hacking-Democracy

Please view it on-line if you can’t attend or view it at home and come to the event later for the panel discussion to ask questions (around 3:00 p.m.)  If you can’t make it to the event, questions can be sent here or to email: cflgrassrootsprogressives@gmail.com or twitter account: @CenFLGrassroots and we’ll compile the questions/answers and publish the results from the panel.  We’d like to start a seriously overdue dialogue about the state of our electoral system and this could be a good start. 
Also, please sign up for email updates from CFL Grassroots Progressives as they continue to add to their site with useful information for resisting and winning.
 

Next Event–“Hacking Democracy”

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Our next event through the CFL Grassroots Progressives organization is June 24th–the Emmy award-nominated movie “Hacking Democracy” featuring a panel discussion with activists from the Florida Fair Elections Coalition.  They have inside and up-to-date data on our current election system/results from the 2016 election.  Information is above.  Please reserve a seat as seating is limited.  Parking is limited so car-pooling or parking on Edgewater Drive or side streets is recommended.  Publix is one block south of the Hall and parking is allowed there as well.  See you there!

Regarding the upcoming “Hacking Democracy” movie event, Daily Kos had a write up about the movie recently with a link to viewing the movie for free on-line.  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/5/8/1660116/-Hacking-Democracy

Please view it on-line if you can’t attend or view it at home and come to the event later for the panel discussion to ask questions (around 3:00 p.m.)  If you can’t make it to the event, questions can be sent here or to email: cflgrassrootsprogressives@gmail.com or twitter account: @CenFLGrassroots and we’ll compile the questions/answers and publish the results from the panel.  We’d like to start a seriously overdue discussion about the state of our electoral system.  Hopefully, this could be a good start.    Here’s some additional information about Russian election hacking from the Supervisor of Elections in Seminole County and a rebuttal letter to his claim.

Dems and the insanity defense

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einsteinYou don’t need to be Einstein to understand that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”  So why are the Democrats continuing down this loopy path when it comes to elections in Florida (and elsewhere)?  Daily Kos tries to shed some light on the 2018 governor’s race shaping up in Florida.   If we’re being offered another DINO (Democrat in Name Only), as the piece says, history proves that is going to end badly, again.  Scott Maxwell, from the Orlando Sentinel, weighs in on the matter and gives the odds of winning the governorship to the Republicans (again) with the current likely candidates.  The disastrous Democratic leadership decisions of the past must not continue to haunt and hurt us.  We must demand the new leadership’s assurance that we will have access to a legitimate, fair and honest primary election.  An insanity defense isn’t going to cut it anymore.

Worried about everything? It’s only just begun

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greg-palastMany people chalk up the White House/Winter White House resident’s remarks about rampant election fraud to “alternative facts” or his monstrous wounded ego at having lost the popular vote or perhaps simply having a screw(s) loose.  However, there is a method to the madness and Greg Palast details that in his film and Facebook live broadcast this evening at 9:00 p.m.  It involves software called Crosscheck being used now in over 25 states to mark more than 7 million “suspects” as being illegally registered more than once and leading to the purging of mostly Democratic voters.   The apparent aim is to get this system into all states before the next election to guarantee the correct outcome for the current ruling party.

There is also mention of a Paul Singer being welcomed into this administration’s orbit, after backing Rubio for president and warning of a “global depression” if Trump became president.   A little googling for info found that Singer, a hedge fund manager, is known as the “vulture” and has made millions off the debt of foreign countries in trouble.  Is the vulture circling our country waiting for the kill now?  You may have trouble sleeping after viewing this but”forewarned is forearmed.”  This is a must see.

Election safeguards “fluff”?

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votingNow that the alternative fact universe is portraying everything as hunky-dory with our election system, the “Republican-led House Administration Committee voted Tuesday to shut down the federal agency set up to help states improve their election systems.”  Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), chairman of the committee, said the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) has “outlived” its usefulness and should be ended as,”We don’t need fluff.”  Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa), in dissent, argued the EAC helps states run “fair, accurate and efficient elections”and provided the states with important support in the last election.

However, the need for a secure and transparent voting system is needed more than ever.  As reported recently in “Rolling Stone” magazine, a system called Crosscheck developed by one of Trump’s advisors, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, appears to be nothing more than a purge system to “disenfranchise voters under the guise of battling voter fraud.”  In use in over 28 states, election officials have compiled confidential lists of over 7.2 million suspects which “disproportionately threatens solid Democratic constituencies.” However, there has been found that “no more than four perpetrators…have been charged with double voting or deliberate double registration.”  Some of the biggest voter purges resulting from the use of the system have been done in Ohio and North Carolina, two crucial swing states.

Another front in the battle for fair elections continues with the use of voting machines that can be easily hacked.  As reported in the 10-year-old, Emmy award-nominated HBO movie “Hacking Democracy,” the same voting machines demonstrated to be so easily corrupted to flip votes are still in use today and were used in the 2016 elections. Susan Pynchon, a local activist in the film and founder and Executive Director of Florida Fair Elections Coalition, says that things have gotten even worse in Florida since the film was made.  Senseless restrictions on vote recounts were placed into law stealthily by way of a large elections bill and most people aren’t aware of the negative impact this will have on future recounts that may become necessary.

A transparent, fair and accurate voting system is needed for a free democracy and much more work needs to be done on a number of fronts with citizen participation. There is no time to become complacent and believe the partisans and corporations that have the power and ability to control elections in secret are doing so with our best interests in mind.