Defend the Vote has been working to develop a hands on and real-time security-based reporting system for elections. This involves fraud reporting and security reporting. We have our prototype ready to go and will begin deploying it tomorrow in the 2nd Congressional race in Illinois.
Defend the Vote's Director, Sharon Meroni recently wrote a report, Election Security: Don't Start with Fraud Investigations, Start with Security Investigations. The report summarizes developments at the Chicago Board of Elections following the audit in 2011 which discovered widespread security lapses in Chicago's process and procedures. It also outlines problems discovered with Suburban Cook County elections. (This report does not contain follow-up from the November 2012 election. That election update will be out in about two weeks.)
Editor Note: Breaking News: Suburban Cook County (about 1.4 million voters) allows staff working for County Clerk David Orr (D) and contractors from Sequoia (Dominion) unfettered access to absentee vote totals before Election Day.
In addition, both Cook County and Chicago violate Illinois law by counting absentee votes before 7pm on Election Day.
Have you witnessed voter fraud, or know of someone who has?
Our voter fraud hotline is up. Call or email us to report your concerns about the elections! We will help to assure the correct authorities are alerted and we will follow up with you afterwards!
From: Sharon Meroni [mailto:
Sent: Monday, November 05, 2012 1:49 PM
Subject: Objections To Counting the Nursing Home Vote in Suburban Cook County
Attention to Suburban Cook County Elections and Legal Authorities:
Update: The picture was finally removed in late October 2012. Following the elections, it was replaced.
Partisanship in elections is simply part of the equation in Illinois. Are there boundaries for Cook County election officials?
Illinois security is based on a partisan security model. In Cook County (excluding the City of Chicago) Suburban Cook County Elections are run by elected Democrat Cook County Clerk, David Orr. David Orr has selected Clem Balanoff to run elections for over 2 million voters in Cook County. Clem is the Executive Director of Elections. The many photos lining his office provide a long historical line of his meetings with big political names.
Okay, I get that… When you visit Clem’s office, he proudly displays multiple photos of partisan events which memorialize his experiences... I get that Clem would have these photos in his office. (Though, I haven’t check the legality of it)
Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2012 7:38 PM
Subject: 80% of Suburban Cook County’s Nursing Homes Voting Rights are Violated by David Orr
Attention Legal Authorities:
Illinois and Federal laws protect vulnerable voters who are residents in Illinois nursing homes. Are these laws enforced? Do they accomplish their objective of securing the vote? I began investigating nursing home voting this year. What I am uncovering is worse than even the skeptic thought.
I can prove, without a shred of doubt, Illinois laws protecting nursing home residents are not being enforced in Illinois nursing homes. Literally, thousands of our most vulnerable citizen’s votes are unprotected and could possibly be stolen.
I am often asked if it is legal to miss work to serve as an election judge in Illinois.
Here is the law in question.
(10 ILCS 5/14-4.5)
Time off from work to serve as election judge.
Any person who is appointed as an election judge under Section 13-1 or 13-2 may, after giving his or her employer at least 20 days' written notice, be absent from his or her place of work for the purpose of serving as an election judge. An employer may not penalize an employee for that absence other than a deduction in salary for the time the employee was absent from his or her place of employment.
This Section does not apply to an employer with fewer than 25 employees. An employer with more than 25 employees shall not be required to permit more than 10% of the employees to be absent under this Section on the same election day.
(Source: P.A. 94-645, eff. 8-22-05.)
Disenfranchised military voters.
Photo Voter ID laws in Illinois? To accomplish this, Illinois voters would have to change leadership in the Illinois House and Senate. The current leadership has buried all related legislative outreaches in House and Senate sub committees. To make this leadership change, in 2012, concerned citizens should identify candidates who support Photo Voter ID legislation and support their campaign.