Thursday, August 23, 2012

Your Vote is Not Secret: Government Using SmartPhone Barcodes to Trace Ballot to Voter

Susanne Posel, Contributor
Activist Post

In Chaffee County, Colorado, the voter ballots for the 2012 Republican Primary election contain a smartphone data matrix barcode that ties the voter to the ballot. Both the ballot number and data matrix are on the ballot stub.

Using a smartphone and a free downloadable program called Barcode Director, the data matrix can be scanned and will produce a corresponding number to the one found on the ballot. With access to the county records through open-record laws, the ballot can be traced to the individual who voted by cross referencing the corresponding county.

Since the ballots containing the data matrix barcode are filed with the Chaffee County clerk, the information is obtainable by anyone – including campaign officials who might be interested in knowing who voted for which candidate.

The Colorado State Constitution says that ballots cannot have markings that would indicate the voter’s identity printed on the ballot and/or provide that the ballot be able to be traced back to the voter.

However, that is exactly what the data matrix barcodes do.

Smartphone apps for the Obama For America and Mitt’s VP are data mining with the use of software. The app user’s name, address, home phone number, and Facebook information is given over during the account process and turned over by the app software.

GPS location and access to the phone’s camera, along with audio recording abilities are accessed as well. The software can also extract the smartphone’s contact numbers, call logs and SD Card contents.

According to Joyce Reno, Chaffee County clerk, the reason the ballots contain a data matrix barcode is to prevent double voting and forgery.

The Election Protection Smartphone App has made data mining easier with direct access to “information and resources” just in time for the 2012 elections. With the app, a user can verify:

• Where the voter registered
• Where they voted
• Key rules and regulations for their state
• What type of machine the voter used

The ballot machines being used in Chaffee County are manufactured by Hart Intercivic Systems.

Gregg Burt, the Chairman of (HIS) is the former CEO of BuildForge, Inc., and a start-up enterprise software firm that was purchased by IBM in 2006. More employees of HIS have questionable backgrounds:

• Neil Tuch, managing director, a former Goldman Sachs employee who worked in Mergers and Acquisitions
• Jeff Bohl, principal capital, former JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo employee in mortgage-backed securities, M&A transactions and consultant for small businesses
• Amanda Kalin, associate capital, former private equity and investor of banking capital for CitiGroup Banking

Taylor v. Pile , a 1964 Colorado court case ruled that:
An election wherein ballots are numbered in such a manner that the vote of any person thereafter may be determined by comparison with the number on the ballot and poll registration book is contrary to constitutional and statutory guarantee of a secret ballot and results in a void election.
Since Colorado is a swing state, the implications of these voter traceable ballots are quite serious. Should they remain on the official ballots for the 2012 Presidential Elections in Colorado, they could be the causation of an illegitimate voting count of the electoral tally.

The Citizen Center(CC) is a “nonpartisan non-profit organization that uses public advocacy and high-impact legal tools to ensure greater transparency and accountability in government and public oversight of government and elections” that have filed a motion for temporary restraining order to prevent Chaffee and Eagle County clerks from printing ballots with the data matrix barcode which ties the ballot to the voter.

Robert McGuire, attorney for CC, stated:
With a mere seven weeks to go before ballots have to be printed for this year’s presidential election, this may be Colorado’s last chance to avert a head-on constitutional collision that could have national consequences.

Judd Choate, director of the Division of Elections for the Colorado Department of State has formally stated that their position concerning the data matrix barcoded ballots will be supported by the Secretary of the State of Colorado. In an earlier letter about the ballots, Choate’s office retorted that traceable ballots are not an infringement of constitutional right to voter privacy.

In the letter, they admit to being aware of the data matrix barcode that can directly connect the voter to their ballot, and that they are in support of House Bill 12-1036 that would permit election officials to remove traceable barcodes from ballots – never mind the fact that no evidence should be traceable between the voter and their ballot.

The very existence of these barcodes invalidates all citizens’ right to an anonymous vote.

McGuire remarked:
Our Constitution guarantees us the right to freely vote our conscience. But how can that right be meaningfully be exercised when we know that the government-and potentially anyone else with access to government records -- can basically put themselves right there in the voting booth with us just by snooping in the right electronic files?
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Anonymous said...

Your choices are one evil vs. another so why bother? Don't vote and give this illegitimate system legitimacy. They can't track what isn't there! If everyone would fail to show up for the election we would know that it is a NO CONFIDENCE vote for all corrupt governments, feral, state or local.

Wayne Harrison said...

If you want to be believable, at least get the technology right. It's NOT a barcode, which is a series of lines. It's an OCR code. They don't look anything alike.

ChewyBees said...

Remember that time when the election was on the up-and-up?

Me neither.

Really, people are voting for these frauds? I guess artificially flavored cheeseburgers, fries, sugar-syrup drinks and a BHP toy are doing their just cause. Maybe with the right vote your medicaid will last another 6 months. Hah! you wish.

Those that put government on the pedestal of god will find out what their god is truly about. Get ready for the apocalyptic roller coaster you've been waiting, and voting for.

newinsights2012 said...

T'is all a game that is being played out here on earth. We all came down here to gain human experience for ourselves by incarnating into these human bodies. These psychos were/are the catalysis into prodding the humans to where we are now today, whilst earth (Gaia) is in her DESCENT cycle. Now that she is ascending out of this DESCENT cycle and returning back to source (Ascension), the Game has come to its final stages and will soon be ending. We, (whoever is left standing, here on earth, not passed on, that is), are ascending with her plus all sentients large and small, EXCEPT, all NON HUMANS! non humans? gee I wonder who they could be? maybe they're the clones? the robots? all creatures artificially created by the cabal, to run their Banks, to rule the world basically... they will dissipate... so people it's all a Game and EndTime is NIGH!
Once she (Gaia) finally completes her ascension, We, transition/evolve, into a higher vibration to match hers, whereas artificial beings (non humans) will not be able to do this, therefore.... they will dissipate. A whole new outlook on life is on the horizon and awaits us. Exciting times ahead folks!

LadyRavenhaire said...

Except for local elections that at times can be somewhat democratic as in voting to keep rent control laws for example, because the city is too frightened to forge the elections & risk the wrath of its constituents, all elections are fixed. Even in local elections, a developer will fix the election so that no one, but two of his henchman will run. Elections are there to give an illusion of democracy. Democracy however cannot exist when you have such disparity in income, because then the rich can always buy elections. That was why to be a Christian in early times, you had to give away & share all your wealth to the commune you belonged to as shown in the Acts of the Apostles. This was the only way to ensure equality. Although voting may only be a sham to keep the masses distracted & appeased like the SS telling the Jews they were just taking showers, not voting isn't a solution. The solution is to organize as they did in the 30's & do something to change the system. While nearly all of Europe went fascist, the US & Spain did not. Thanks to the hard work in organizing workers. It is this, not Roosevelt that created the New Deal, because the elites were afraid to have their heads cut-off. We need to turn our tvs off.

Anonymous said...

In New Zealand all ballot papers are like that ...

Anonymous said...

Keeping the identity of the citizen a secret is a fantastic way of stealing an election by destroying paper ballots and replacing them. All voting should be on paper with the voter's name and vote recorded. This way a voter can conform after an election that their vote was counted and the media or interested parties can confirm that the final vote count is correct. Secret ballot means stolen elections.

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