Updated: Apr 28
Many of us are very concerned over our elections’ security and when voter confidence is low, voter engagement is also low. To ensure our elections are as secure as they can be, we must carry out preemptive work. It is too difficult to correct elections after the fact.
Here in Maine, Statewide voter registration hovers at 101%. In Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Hancock, Lincoln, Waldo and York counties, voter registration rests at 110%, 107%, 105%, 104%, 102%, 100% respectively(https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/files/Comments%203b.pdf).
This Judicial Watch study explains the United States has over 1.8 million extra registered voters. (https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/files/Comments%203b.pdf)
Many left leaning non-profit organizations are influencing our elections through grants and mass mailing absentee ballots out through the Nation.
Center for Voter Information: Non-profit in DC, mails out millions of absentee ballots across the Nation.
The Center for Tech and Civic Life: A Chicago, Illinois-based center-left election reform advocacy group formed in 2012. The organization pushes for left-of-center voting policies and election administration.
Center for Civic Design: We approach the challenge of democracy as a design problem through the intersection of voters, elections administration, and policy. “We are excited about all the states that are modernizing their voter registration because people often decide they want to vote only when they see what’s on the ballot—too late to register and vote. One of the solutions is Motor Voter programs that help those eligible register or update their voter registration at places during other everyday interactions with government services. It’s called automatic (or automated) registration. So far, 22 states have adopted automatic voter registration and we’ve been there to support implementation.”
The Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) is a non-profit organization with the sole mission of assisting states to improve the accuracy of America’s voter rolls and increase access to voter registration for all eligible citizens. ERIC is governed and managed by states who choose to join, and was formed in 2012 with help from The Pew Charitable Trusts. Maine joined ERIC in October, 2021.
This must be the story's end. NO IT IS NOT!!!!
The ERIC membership agreement signed by each member-state, prohibits data disclosure without a court order. When asked for ERIC's data, member-states have raised other federal laws, such as the Driver's Protection Act, as a defense to disclosure.
THIS VIOLATES THE LIST MAINTENANCE TRANSPARENCY MANDATES REQUIRED BY THE NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION ACT!
What Can We Do NOW
Create Task Force in Each County
Establish relationships with Town and City Clerks
Request when and how often Clerks remove voters
Ask Clerks what areas they find concerning
Request details on your municipality’s absentee ballot box monitoring
Get ballot box security camera discussions on your Town/City agenda if inadequate.
Create research teams and file FOAA requests
Research which organizations are sending out absentee ballots
Research organizations’ missions
Who created the organization, who sits on the boards?
Create IT teams to research the technology used in Maine elections
What is the technology: DS200 which does not connect with the internet
Known problems with the technology
Who created the technology
Let elected officials know we are watching
Letter writing to elected officials
Put pressure on legislators to clean up voter rolls
Introduce legislation for voter roll clean up beyond ERIC
Introduce legislation ensuring only U.S. citizens vote
Monitor State level meetings concerning elections/process
Track activity within the Secretary of State’s Office
Elect like-minded individuals
Volunteer as a poll watcher
Help clean up voter rolls
“Let Them Rest in Peace”
Research high turnover locations for voter inactivity: Nursing homes/Subsidized housing/colleges