By Kathryn Franke
ACE Federal & State Budgets Team Assistant Leader
The Illinois Ballot Integrity Project held an all-day conference on September 16, 2017 at the IBEW in Warrenville. Presenters included Mark Crispin Miller, Jonathan Simon, Bob Fitrakis, Jon Warner, and Karen McKim. All are educators/journalists with many years of research between them into discrepancies between election results and exit polls in U.S. elections at all governmental levels. They have been trying to raise awareness with the public about the issue of vote counting and the perils it presents.
They all believe that democracy is under attack, first through voter suppression and also from election rigging and hacking, an issue that now seems to be experiencing what they called “a media black-out,” in that no major media outlets are reporting on it. They have evidence that many elections have been falsely counted. All our electronic voting systems, which are privately owned, are vulnerable.
The mission of the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project is to inform and educate the public, the media, and government officials about important election-integrity issues and to promote the adoption of legislation and policies designed to secure the democratic process. Working with legislators, the project helped to write The Election Integrity Act, HB 712/SB 834, which introduces external, independent review throughout the entire Illinois election system through three mandatory election system audits.
What can you do to take action?
Always vote on paper. Call your state senators and ask them to support SB 834. Call your state representatives and ask them to support HB 712.
Change isn’t possible unless your vote is counted.
For more information, go to the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project’s website.