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Election Integrity: Paper Trails and One-Day Voting Work Best

The key to paper trail voting is to keep it decentralized

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Among so many other election thefts in 2020 and 2022, the attempted stolen election in the Arizona gubernatorial race amply demonstrates that comprehensive election reform is vital.

Here is a key question: In a democracy, or in a representative republic such as we have in the U.S., what is more important, employing the latest sophisticated electronic equipment which does not provide a paper trail, or having an accurate vote count where both sides can agree on the actual votes for each candidate?

As founder of the Voter Integrity Project of North Carolina, Retired Col. Jay DeLancy examines voter rolls and seeks out voting improprieties, to find any instances where a vote could have been improperly cast or counted. DeLancy believes ensuring that every vote proper outweighs all other considerations, including ensuring that every individual finds it convenient to vote.

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A Fair and Lawful Fight

“Only by having a paper trail can the losing side recognize that they did not receive enough votes for their candidate,” says DeLancy. “Thus, they don’t have to be unduly upset that somehow the election was stolen. They don’t need to protest. Considering the current climate in the U.S., where, in every other election, the losing side feels as if their candidate was robbed, how can anything less than a paper trail be sufficient?”

When even the losing candidate can agree that it was a fair fight, DeLancy observes, we strengthen and solidify our constitutional republic and our long-standing experiment in people ruling – democracy. Paper trails support that.

Conversely, “employing the latest and greatest electronic equipment that counts votes at hyper speed, on the front end might increase voter participation,” he notes. “On the back end, which lingers far in the future, e-counting diminishes voter confidence.” Low voter confidence = disputed outcomes.

And Elsewhere?

DeLancy notes that voter integrity measures around the world are worth emulating or, at the least, worth examining. In Japan, for example, one month before elections all citizens receive a tax document that establishes their residence at that address. Delancy forcefully notes, that “without exception, if you lose that document you do not get to vote!”

In the U.S., Japan’s simple and effective system would instantly be attacked by the Left as ‘voter suppression.’ DeLancy says, “You can run through all the scenarios the Left would generate, reflexively. ‘What if I don’t pay any taxes?’ ‘What if I’m homeless?’ ‘What if I don’t receive the document?’” How dare the government establish that the people who claim to live at a particular address actually do! How dare the government require that citizens maintain this document.

In Mexico, each precinct keeps voting procedures simple and inexpensive. “By law, no precinct can be more than a mile away from the voters who will patronize it,” he says. “Most people can walk a mile in 20 minutes. A single town could have several dozen precincts. States could have thousands of precincts.”

Paper Trails Do Matter

What if the number of voting precincts in Mexico is enormous? “It’s all decentralized and based on a paper trail,” DeLancy assures. “Consider all the squabbles and protests that fall by the wayside when every voter resides within a mile of the voting precinct. You can ride in an ox cart ride for a mile or less! All that blather we hear about the elderly and various minorities not being able to make their way to the precinct disappears.”

A taxi won’t cost much for one mile. Uber and Lyft ride services cost even less. For one mile or less, you could bike it, or you could hop on a motorized scooter.

In Australia, with a population of 25.4 million people, votes are handled solely by paper. There are no electronic voting machines. In the U.S., by contrast, why are we slaves to the immediacy of the now, which dictates that because electronic voting machines exist, by golly, we have to use them!

The simple key to paper trail voting is to keep it decentralized. Every voting district, precinct, town, county, and state, leading up to a national presidential election, maintains a paper trail and upholds the integrity of its own jurisdiction.

High Speed, High Cost, High Maintenance

High-speed counting machines cost $25,000 to $500,000 or more. To open a new precinct with an adequate number of voting machines might require $3 to $4 million. If such precincts employed only a simple scanning device, to read paper ballots, counties could open up a new precinct every week.

The expenses for each jurisdiction would be so low by comparison to electronic voting machines that, like Mexico, you could ensure that their precincts were nearer and nearer to the voting populace.

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Zero Wins and Eleven Losses – It’s Time to Replace Kevin McCarthy

Steve Scalice and Jim Jordan are the front runners… if they will do it.

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Kevin McCarthy is now 0 and 11 in his quest to become the next Speaker of the House. It is time for him to give up. This is the way politics works. Some people say that the 20 people who are against him should cave, but that’s not the way it works. We live in a representative democratic republic. They have every right to determine who they want to have as the Speaker of the House. The fact is that McCarthy cannot get 218 votes. That’s just the way it is. But I can guarantee you that somebody in the House of Representatives could get to 218 votes. It’s time to find that person. Republicans LOVED it when Manchin and Sinema went against the Democrats out of principle, but now they have a problem when Republican House members do the same. The front runners to replace McCarthy are Steve Scalise from Louisiana and Jim Jordan from Ohio. PolitiCrossing founder, Chris Widener discusses the speaker of the house situation. Watch the video below:

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Finding A Way Forward

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OK, Kevin McCarthy may not become the Speaker of the House. The GOP opposition has made it clear a number of times that they do not feel he has demonstrated the skill or the will to truly do deliver on the conservative vision promised. In future roll calls, will the number who voted for McCarthy begin to desert him? Will some stay the course or merely vote present? Will Kevin McCarthy keep holding on or will he eventually throw in the towel and withdraw his name rather than further divide the party and hold back the passage of critical legislation and important investigations.

If this continues, more names need to be considered. Since you don’t have to be an elected representative to be House Speaker, let’s get creative to help us find a way to move forward. Here are some options that Republicans may at some point be ready to support:

Consider going with experience. House Speaker Newt Gingrich knows how to lead and did so at a critical time in our history. He was able to work with Democrat President Bill Clinton. That is the challenge we face now. Gingrich is healthy and respected. If willing, he would be a good choice to bring forward.

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They might consider tapping a woman respected by all, Condoleezza Rice. The former Secretary of State left the political field of battle to serve America in different ways. She doesn’t need this job but has the respect of the party faithful if willing to serve. If days go by and no one wins the day for weeks, someone ought to give her a call.

If it continues, maybe McCarthy will free up a proven fighter, Jim Jordon, to take the job. He is respected and has been loyal in supporting Kevin McCarthy and, more importantly, he has the critical vision and passion for conservative issues that must win the day. He has the support of many of those who refuse to vote for McCarthy. He is humble, an able communicator on conservative issues, and will not compromise on his vision for a free America.

When they can’t find a replacement for Pope who secures enough votes, they go beyond closed doors and bring up people until someone wins the day and they send up the right smoke! It’s time for our party to go behind closed doors and start looking at options for a leader they can support. Kevin McCarthy has clearly shown that he cannot even unite the party around his leadership. That is a bad sign in a world where many party faithful have lost hope in the party’s ability to stand strong for what they have promised to deliver.

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