An email arrived about a meeting being held tonight between Crystal Lake and Cary at the Algonquin Township Hall by Defend the Vote, a group headed by Sharon Meroni. Meroni has sunk her teeth into the problem of ballot security, or, rather, the lack of ballot security, which is gaining steam nationally.
Without the confidence that ballots are being counted accurately, citizens can lose confidence in the legitimacy of their system of government.
JOIN US AT THE Algonquin Township Center in Crystal Lake, Illinois, Located at 3702 U.S. Highway 14, Crystal Lake, IL, 60014.
Tuesday November 30th, 2011 from 7:00-8:30pm CST
Registration 6:30 to 7:00 –
We will work from 7:00 until 8:30 and wrap up as needed the last 30 minutes.
Click here for the map to the event
Registration is Not Required, but, if you wish, you can registerhere
Elections in Illinois:
DID YOU KNOW?
Early voting in Illinois has never been audited.
This means no one has ever checked the software recording 18% of the vote in Illinois to verify the official vote count is the same as the votes recorded on the paper ballot!
Are elections in Illinois secure?
After a series of investigations, Defend the Vote proves they are not.
Sharon Meroni is the Executive Director of Defend the Vote.
In 2009 she began to investigate elections in Illinois. What she discovered will startle even the seasoned political junky in Illinois.
Defend the Vote’s published report Vulnerability Assessment and Security Audit of Election Day Polling Place Procedures, summering our audit of security processes on Election Day in Chicago during the Municipal Runoff Elections in 2010, concluded that the election security procedures in Chicago are 100% ineffective in securing the vote.
The question becomes what can we do about it?
During Tuesday night’s meeting we will discuss what is wrong with elections in Illinois and we will break into groups to work out solutions.
For the March 2012 elections we are launching the first ever citizen empowered audit of Illinois elections.
The program is called VAP:
Voter Auditor Pollwatching program.
Become a VAPer!
It is simple.
We will train voters and provide you with the credentials to audit your polling place for security protocols after voting.
The result is we will establish a statewide score of how Illinois secures it’s vote.
And we WILL insist on changes before the November 2012 elections!
The event begins Tuesday at 6:30pm (CST) – Join us to register and socialize. We will start the program at 7pm and break up at 8:30. We are expecting this to be a hands-on group. November 29th at Algonquin Township Office: 3702 U.S. Highway 14, Crystal Lake, IL, 60014.
We welcome Christmas cookies and/or treats. Refreshments will be available.
Find out what Illinois citizens can do to protect our vote! We will break into work groups. Every one is welcome to attend and admittance is free.
Become part of the solution to ballot integrity.
Join Defend the Vote, Become a voter auditor. http://www.DefendTheVote.com
Unavailable on Tuesday?
Defend the Vote will hold 4 meetings in this area during December to develop our teams. Our next next email will provide locations, dates and times.