By TONY MOBILIFONITIS
THE stench of corruption around Arizona’s election audit has become thicker, with a Purple Heart army veteran and two friends reportedly facing charges for finding and photographing bags full of shredded election ballots behind the Maricopa County Tabulation Center on Saturday. The veteran has been identified only as Earl S. but has appeared on videos with bags of still clearly identifiable ballots.
Patriotic Arizona Republicans are alarmed over the possible arrest of the veteran by the State Attorney General. They also want answers from the state’s senators who apparently have gone silent for 10 days over their planned forensic audit of 2.1 million ballots. The patriots are calling for forensics expert Jovan Pulitzer to be put on the auditing job as he has exclusive expertise in the use of kinematic artifact detection technology that tracks every microscopic encounter of a ballot as it moves through the system.
Their other major issue is the “safe harbor rule” for elections, which ended on February 1 and may have allowed machines to reprogrammed, updated or altered and ballot images altered or deleted without breaking the law. Ballots are supposed to be held for 21 months.
YouTube vlogger Doug TenNaple, a noted animator, writer, cartoonist, video game designer, and comic book artist, says Maricopa County has been caught and is now in panic mode, trying to find excuses to sow doubts about the forensic audit. He noted that two dumpsters had been left outside an open bay at the tabulation center.
“This is what you do to try to cause doubt in the provenance – the chain of custody of the votes. So, this picture is made for you to doubt the outcome of the audit. They’re setting up excuses and I’m telling you we caught them. That’s why I want to see all the security footage and find out who ordered the dumpsters.”
TenNaple went on to refer to a letter from the County Recorder Stephen Richer, notifying him of a “security breach” involving his vote. Strangely, such problems did not show up in the squeaky-clean audit ordered by the county.
Coincidentally on the day of the dumpster dive there was also a big fire in a chicken shed on one of the poultry farms run by Maricopa County supervisor Clint Hickman. Some people went online to suggest the fire might have been fueled by bad ballots, although we have no evidence of that. More likely it was the 165,000 chickens that went up in smoke. What is truly suspicious is that the dumpster discovery has come just a few days before the State Senate’s forensic audit of the 2.1 million ballots and the Dominion election machinery used in the election.
Jim Hoft’s Gateway Pundit reported on Monday: “Per our source on the ground in the county, yesterday an individual went by the Maricopa County tabulation and election center and found doors wide open with seeming uninhibited access to the facility. Today some other interested individuals in the county stopped by the same facility and found huge piles of ballots in the dumpster outside the facility.”
And the story gets worse. Adding fuel to the fire, so to speak, is the accusation by Hoft that Maricopa County Board of Supervisors lied about the two firms they recently appointed to do their own election “audit”. Cairns News reported on what looked like a charade, with the county and local news media dutifully making a big scene about their “certified auditors” and their fine work.
The audits gave the machines and software a clean bill of health, finding they weren’t connected to the internet during the election, weren’t hacked or infected with any malicious software, and hadn’t switched any votes during the counting of ballots.
Firstly, the “auditors” were found to have historical connections with Dominion, whose equipment they were supposedly checking for potential malfunctions or unlawful use. And the conflicts of interest reach higher into the EAC itself. Gateway Pundit reported the agency’s CIO worked for Dominion Voting Systems for a decade.
Hoft said the audit firms weren’t certified with the US Election Assistance Commission, contrary to public announcements made by the county, but within hours of his website’s report, the EAC in Washington DC had certified the two auditing firms. “We have no idea what information the governing body used to make this change,” Hoft wrote.
“One of the firms, Pro V&V, was also selected by Georgia’s corrupt Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for a recent sham audit there,” said Hoft. “Secretary of State Raffensperger used Dominion-linked Pro V&V, an Alabama-based testing laboratory, to do the Georgia audit of the Dominion machines.”
Hoft says Pro V&V has only three company contracts and has been in business since 2011. Company president of Jack Cobb has performed audits for Dominion previously – one in the Philippines in 2019, where he referred to himself as the ‘Laboratory Director’. Pro V&V once had a certificate of accreditation from the EAC but it expired in 2017. No recent accreditation was noted on its website.
SLI Compliance on its website claims it was accredited by the EAC but Gateway Pundit could find no support for this or if this was current. But both entities were used by Dominion voting systems for their recent audits. Again, Gateway Pundit pointed out the embarrassing facts “missed” by the local mainstream media and in particular Jeremy Duda, the associate editor of the Arizona Mirror.
Duda has been running the standard media narrative on election fraud. “They [the county] sought to conduct an audit of the election in response to the baseless fraud allegations and conspiracy theories espoused by former President Donald Trump and many of his supporters, including some Senate Republicans, after President Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election,” Duda wrote recently in a report on the state Senate’s audit.
Mr Duda’s comments are complete doo doo. But we understand. Far be it for a capital city associate editor to think independently of the approved, must-be-repeated US media propaganda narrative that there’s “no evidence” of fraud. Is there still no evidence of fraud now that thousands of votes have been shredded, Mr Duda. We await your next update.
For months the MCBS have blocked and delayed any independent audit as called for by the Arizona Senate. As we’ve reported previously, after being subpoenaed by the Arizona Senate and then suing the Senate to prevent a Senate audit of their 2020 election results, the Board of Supervisors agreed to have an audit if they could pick the auditors.
MCBS tried every legal trick to stop a proper forensic audit but faced another blow when a superior court recently ruled that the state legislature indeed has power to subpoena the 2.1 million ballots and tabulation machinery.
Mr Duda disingenuously claims “no evidence of fraud”, but early investigations in Arizona last December alleged 36,400 votes by illegal aliens (number registered to vote is actually 23,000 according to Secretary of State’s office with about half of those voting); 22,903 completed mail-in ballots received the day before the ballots were mailed; 2000 voters registered to a vacant lot; 150,000 voters registered after the voter registration deadline; 103,000 adjudicated ballots processed without a Republican Party observer present; and 50,000 votes loaded before the opening of polls. This is what Arizona’s establishment media calls “no evidence” and it’s a similar story in all the key “battleground states” that usually decide an election.
There is also extensive statistical evidence pointing to fraud in the key states, there are enormous vote count discrepancies pointing to fraud, such as in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, where the certified result showed votes cast exceeded numbers of individuals who voted by an astonishing 120,966. There’s also eyewitness affidavits and surveillance camera evidence of election irregularities and thousands of pages of internet activity logs showing connections between offshore IP addresses and election sites on and around election day, November 3.
Another major piece of evidence uncovered by Allied Security Operations Group of Dallas, Texas, is the vast number of ballot errors in counting across the key states. “The system intentionally generates an enormously high number of ballot errors. The electronic ballots are then transferred for adjudication. The intentional errors lead to bulk adjudication of ballots with no oversight, no transparency, and no audit trail. This leads to voter or election fraud. Based on our study, we conclude that The Dominion Voting System should not be used in Michigan. We further conclude that the results of Antrim County should not have been certified,” ASOG found.
ASOG says the allowable election error rate established by the Federal Election Commission guidelines is of 1 in 250,000 ballots (.0008%) but investigators observed an error rate of 68.05%. “This demonstrated a significant and fatal error in security and election integrity,” they reported. Joe Biden allegedly won the state of Georgia by fewer than 12,000 votes, and Arizona by about 10,000.
A further shocking discrepancy is in Georgia, where chain of custody for more than 404,690 absentee votes has still not been established, four months after the election. That figure represents 67.5 percent of the estimated 600,000 “absentee vote by mail ballots” deposited in 300 drop boxes and delivered to county registrars and counted in Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.
As noted by independent news outlet The Michigan Star: “The 2020 presidential election outcome in Georgia was decided by fewer than 12,000 votes – about three percent of the 404,000 absentee vote by mail ballots deposited in drop boxes and delivered to county registrars where they were counted.”
The Star noted that Fulton County was one of 35 “scofflaw” (law-flouting) counties in Georgia that had failed to comply with the Georgia Open Records Law and provide The Star News with absentee ballot drop box transfer forms they were required to maintain under the Emergency Rule passed by the Georgia State Election Board in July of 2020.
By Tony Mobilifonitis
US Vice President Mike Pence has a clear constitutional option called the 12 Amendment to ultimately sort out the stolen US election as the leader of the free world plunges into its biggest ever constitutional and political crisis. The US Congress meets today to adjudicate the votes from the electoral college and Pence will act as chairman of the process.
Yesterday, as Washington police protected Black Lives Matter and Antifa in BLM Plaza from Trump patriots, the Democrats claimed control of the Senate after their candidates Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock allegedly won their respective Georgia run-off races. We say allegedly because the Democrats most likely did exactly what they did in the other key states – rigged the voting process and stole the election.
During the Georgia run-off multiple people captured videos of the moment that CNN and ABC News removed 5000 votes from Republican candidate David Perdue. His vote tally suddenly switched from 2,130,535 down to 2,125,535. Republicans have already gathered statistical evidence of massive vote cancelling in Georgia and Pennsylvania. The President was also on to the scam. “Looks like they are setting up a big ‘voter dump’ against the Republican candidates. Waiting to see how many votes they need?” Trump tweeted just before 10:30 p.m.
The Democrats simply could not afford to lose the George run-off for the two Senate seats, so it appears they brazenly stole it. While we can’t yet prove that, for the Democrats to lose would mean people were listening to the vote fraud protest that is presenting more evidence by the day. It would also bolster the Trump patriots – the last thing they want.
Trump supporters in Fulton County said earlier in the day Democrats blocked their credentialed monitors from overseeing absentee ballots and verifying signatures. “They are required to allow our observers in by the superior court’s order,” they wrote on Twitter. But media isn’t reporting such things and federal law enforcement is not taking much notice.
But it’s far from the end of the story. There are still seven disputed states and under the 12th Amendment Pence can simply set aside the Electoral College count for those seven states: Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. Each of those states now has what is known as dueling electors. He may also first chose the soft option of returning the dueling electors back to their states to sort it out.
Under the 12th Amendment, if no resolution can be found, a vote is then put to the states on a one-state, one-vote basis, which would theoretically give Trump back the presidency because Republicans control about 30 of the 50 states. But of course, the Democrats and their media will now be incessantly be banging “victory” drums, claiming Biden and now their two victorious senators from Georgia, show that Americans really do hate Trump.
But the 12th Amendment option was bolstered yesterday when the State Senates of Pennsylvania and Georgia broke ranks with turncoat establishment Republicans and demanded the certification of the state’s scandalous election results be delayed to allow further investigation.
Simultaneously, thousands of American patriots began pouring into Washington DC yesterday for a massive rally before the Congress convenes for the “vote count” process. In one incident Trump supporters and District of Columbia police clashed briefly. Several Marine veterans were enraged when the DC cops let loose with pepper spray outside BLM Plaza, Washington’s bizarre tribute to neo-Marxism.
In their letter to the Senate leader Mitch McConnell and the Republican House leader Kevin McCarthy, the Pennsylvania (PA) state senators called on the Senate and House to delay certification of the state’s Electoral College votes until the Trump v Boockvar case is heard in the US Supreme Court.
“… due to the numerous unlawful violations taken by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf; Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar; and the rogue State Supreme Court, the balance of power was taken from the State Legislature, who by the US and PA Constitutions set the time, place and manner of holding elections,” the state senators wrote.
Earlier in the day as the Georgia Federal Senate voting was being counted, shots were fired into the Atlanta home of a team member of forensics and IT expert Jovan Pulitzer, after the team was due to release a forensic audit of Fulton County ballot papers. “One team member’s home took 5 shots through the windows in a drive-by. Right through his daughter’s bedroom window,” Pulitzer Tweeted. Democrat supporters claimed it was fabricated as it “wasn’t in the news”.
But not reporting a drive-by shooting was hardly surprising given the same news channels have all but ignored the biggest election crime in US history. Statistical analyses of Georgia’s and Pennsylvania’s election counts showed staggering numbers of disappearing Trump votes and statistically outlandish voting figures for Biden (see graphics).
Dear President Donald Trump,
Could I humbly suggest as both a student of Constitutional law and the teachings of Jesus Christ that you write to Joe Biden and offer him a solution to the impasse between you. As a peacemaker, ( Blessed are the peacemakers) there are probably no more that ten contentious Counties in the United States of America in around six States, and in those Counties a bye election for President ought to be held. Virtually a New Trial.
The offer you could make to him is that if a rerun in those counties confirms those wins in those States you will accept the result. Otherwise by Executive Order you are entitled by your Oath of Office to disqualify the voters in those Counties as attainted of fraud, and have their votes excluded under the False Claims Act of 1863 by action against their County. The onus then falls on the county to make a defence.
This is an old Common Law remedy, where a whole Hundred ( County) was held responsible for a thief operating in that Hundred, and unless they delivered the thief to Her Majesties Justice everyone in it were fined to pay restitution. Your legal system is derived from your former colonial status, and has the same roots in the New Testament of the King James Version of the Holy Bible. The thief of course had the benefit of jury trial if innocent.
This principle goes all the way back to Exodus and the Golden Calf episode. You like me are a Presbyterian, and some of us have gifts from the Lord. This offer could defuse the situation, and by consent the Electoral College not sit until a rerun is conducted. No lawyers need be involved. You by Your Oath represent Almighty God in the American Constitution. He judges no one. That must be done by a proceeding at common law. A tainted election is no election. If Joe Biden rejects that he is as a publican or tax collector. ( Matthew 18 Verses 15-20)
Yours in Christ Jesus
Peter Alexander Gargan (Sydney Australia)
By EDITOR, CAIRNS NEWS
UNDERCOVER journalist .James O’Keefe, Project Veritas has again exposed the vote fraud taking place across America.
This time O’Keefe has recorded a whistle blower in the key state of Pennsylvania saying on November 5th his supervisor was told to backdate late mail-in voting ballots to November 3, the deadline day for legal postal votes. As noted by President Trump’s personal attorney Rudi Giuliani, Pennsylvania has a notoriously corrupt voting system used to keep Democrat state, county and federal politicians in power.
O’Keefe and his team have exposed numerous cases of voter fraud including vote buying and vote tampering, particularly in Democrat-run states. But mainstream media both in the US and Australia has been repeating the talking point about “unfounded election fraud claims”.
Only the most naive observer would try to claim that all elections are free and fair, but the narrative around elections in western nations is that they are always run above board. As Cairns News has shown in numerous articles, this is simply not true.
By EDITOR, CAIRNS NEWS
THE Biden crime family is desperately trying to fight off a resurgence by Donald J. Trump across the US, with the president raising the spectre of Democrat cheating through the 101 million mail-in votes, millions of which could be invalid.
Biden, whose family sold access to his vice-presidential office for millions of dollars while doing other business deals with the Communist Party of China’s business fronts, is tactically trying to bring the Trump victory into doubt through the recounts. Big media is co-operating with the tactic by failing to call states that Trump has clearly won.
However, Trump has already initiated legal action to force scrutiny of ballots and recounts in Democrat-run states such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, where electoral systems run by those states are highly questionable and open to corruption. The Trump campaign has sued to halt counting in Michigan where 135,000 Biden votes appeared between 4.30am and 5am on the post election morning; sued to halt counting in Pennsylvania where officials a a million mail-in ballots are to be counted and requested a recount in Wisconsin.
Speaking after the polling close Trump said he was on track to win and then “suddenly everything stopped”. This was noted by a Twitter poster who said the counting suddenly stopped in six states Trump was leading and all six were Democrat-run at a state level.
Speaking at the White House after the long election night, Trump wasted no time in raising the real spectre of Democrat cheating, already well documented by Project Veritas and flagged at a possible intelligence agency level by leading USAF figure Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney (Ret.).
The highly respected general appeared on Steve Bannon’s Pandemic War Room show on Monday warning of possible Democrat abuse of a national security program called Scorecard, that has the capability to switch 3% of votes.
The program was inserted into the so-called Hammer national security surveillance system under the Obama administration and was part of the apparatus used to illegally spy on Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Hammer was developed by the National Security Administration (NSA) then picked up by the CIA during Obama’s time. Whether or not Scorecard was used has not yet been established, but Trump’s poll watchers have been closely watching key polling locations such as Pennsylvania, where Trump developed a strong lead in counting ahead of the counting of some 3 million postal votes.
Nevertheless, the stubborn and corrupt globalist/socialist Democrats continued to put up their resistance to the American voters by insisting that all mail-in ballots must be counted in the seats already won by Trump. For instance, in the key Democrat-run state of Pennsylvania, where Trump had a commanding lead, the Democrats claim to have more than 3 million outstanding mail-in votes.
The big media were also running with the Biden tactic of calling into question any obvious Trump lead by failing to call North Carolina, for instance, with 94% of the vote in and Trump with a clear lead. Rich Baris of Big Data Polling, a guest of Bannon’s election show, was emphatic there were not enough outstanding votes to take away Trump’s lead, despite the Associated Press failing to call the state. Baris, highly regarded by Bannon as a numbers man who called the 2016 election in contrast to 99% of other pollsters, said he was perplexed by the media’s failure to call North Carolina and Georgia.
by Jim O’Toole
“The mail-out by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to conduct the same-sex marriage survey in 2017 resulted in more than 248,000 individual envelopes marked ‘return to sender’ being returned to their office unopened.”
Turning up to vote at a state or federal election is the cornerstone of the democratic process, some politicians declare, but what if your vote no longer counts?
If you live in a marginal electorate where the result of an election hinges on just a few votes, each ballot paper is critical usually for either a Liberal or Labor candidate to decide their individual fate or perhaps who actually forms government.
What if there are more than 248,000 names on the Australian electoral roll which have been confirmed as unknown?
The mail-out by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to conduct the same-sex marriage survey in 2017 resulted in more than 248,000 individual envelopes marked ‘return to sender’ being returned to their office unopened.
The ABS has confirmed this incredible figure some of which it says could comprise those who did not wish to take part in the survey. It could also include those who had recently moved house or other names which simply are fictitious.
More worrying is the admission by the ABS that a quarter of a million envelopes marked ‘return to sender’ were destroyed.
The ABS advised it did not give names of the unknown addressees to the AEC to enable it to update the roll before shredding the envelopes.
The ABS used Australian Electoral Commission data direct from the electoral roll to address the 12,727,920 envelopes mailed through Australia Post.
This means as of December 22, 2018 there were 248,000 names on the roll whose identity has not been confirmed.
In the federal seat of Herbert in Townsville at the 2016 election just 37 votes after a recount separated the ALP winner from the Liberal loser.
Having 248,000 votes up their sleeve will dictate the result of every election. But who would do that?
Correspondence in 2017 between Chairman of Vote Australia Lex Stewart and the ABS reveals that … “during survey operations, letters which were marked return to sender (RTS) were sent via Australia Post to our processing contractor Fuji Xerox’s Sydney site. This material was then kept separate from the millions of completed and returned surveys.
The letter continued, “Note that some envelopes may have been marked RTS because the recipient did not wish to participate in the survey and was returning the material.
“Once the completed surveys were scanned and processed, Fuji Xerox scanned the RTS mail held and sent this barcode data back to the ABS.
“All materials from the AMLPS has now been destroyed in accordance with industry best practice, Government secured document certification standards, and all relevant requirements of the Australian Governments Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF)
“As at 24 November there had been 248,000 RTS mail items received. We are unable to provide an exact final figure of RTS material from the AMLPS as we continue to receive RTS material. This is because RTS is low priority mail for Australia Post, and we expect to keep receiving this especially from remote areas, for the next few months.
“The ABS will provide some aggregate metrics to the AEC on the volume of returned mail by area in order to assist with electoral maintenance or other future AEC activities. The ABS will not provide name or address information from the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey to the AEC.”
After the 2016 federal election the AEC confirmed there were 18,000 voters who voted more than once.
Embedded in ALP-union genes, the motto for polling day is ‘vote early and often comrade’.
It is no secret in union circles that moles within the AEC supply bogus names and address lists to unionists and others complicit in voting fraud to use at polling booths across a given electorate.
Booth workers from all parties have reported busloads of voters converging on a polling place to vote with lists of fictitious names at correct addresses.
Senator Len Harris’ office in 2004 was given 16 AEC envelopes addressed with false names at a single legitimate address in St Lucia, a Brisbane suburb not far from Queensland University.
Compulsory ID will prevent much of this fraud but what of previous elections which have been won by dud votes?
Vote Australia Chairman Lex Stewart said he and his organisation had been warning the AEC and the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters for more than 15 years that the roll contained hundreds of thousands of fictitious entries.
Finally the JSCEM in a 2018 review recommended the federal government introduce voter ID at federal elections to be produced by a voter before applying for a ballot paper at a polling booth.
In 2014 the JSCEM held its usual post-election inquiry into the conduct of the 2013 election.
Then Acting AEC Electoral Commissioner, Thomas Rogers observed there were startling differences between the NSW state roll and the federal roll.
“Yesterday the committee asked the New South Wales state manager, Mr Orr, for information on roll divergence in New South Wales. I have with me information by State on the divergence, and I am happy to discuss this with this committee,” Mr Rogers said.
“But, as an example, in New South Wales as at 30 September 2014 there were 139,898 more electors on the New South Wales state roll than the federal roll.
“And there were also 102,427 electors enrolled at different addresses. As you can see from this example, the divergence is a very significant issue …. ”
Mr Stewart said the cessation of physical habitation checks by the AEC of every Australian household some years ago has resulted in a completely inaccurate roll which has a sufficient number of fictitious entries to change the result of an election.
“The NSW Electoral Roll for the 28/3/15 election contained 5,040,662 entries.
“This ‘divergence’ between the two Rolls of 139,898 was therefore 2.8%,
‘very significant’ is a euphemism for ‘disgraceful !
“The AEC also admitted that this ‘divergence’ was higher than it had ever been!
“The discrepancy of 102,427 on both Rolls but at different addresses was 2.0%
“The divergence plus the discrepancy add up to 242,325 or 4.8% of the roll !
“Is it suspicious that such a record amount of divergence-plus-discrepancy occurred only a short time before the NSW State election ?
“How reliable could the result of the 2015 NSW State election have been, based on such deficient electoral rolls ?
“The total of 242,325 is an average of 2,594 per 93 state electorates
“Many seats are won or lost by margins of less than 1,000 votes
How many seats were swung by bogus votes from bogus enrolments?” Mr Stewart asked.
Minister Cormann refuses to answer questions regarding the security of the postal ballot
by Lex Stewart, President of Vote Australia
Possibly, Yes. Massive frauds cannot be ruled out yet.
It might be that the officers of the ABS (with staff seconded from the AEC) have conducted the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey in an honest and accurate manner, so that the Australian public can trust the result.
However it is also possible that massive frauds have been conducted, and that the true result could have been 60% no, and 40% yes.
We do not yet have sufficient information to rule out the possibility that the AMLPS result was massively frauded.
Over the period 26 September to 8 November I asked about 30 questions of the ABS and of the Minister Cormann.
In the absence of answers at this stage, it is impossible to verify the accuracy and integrity of what happened in the AMLPS.
I say this from my perspectives both as President of Vote Australia, and as a Consultant Engineer who does Audits of factories and farms for Workplace Health and Safety and for Food Safety, issuing ‘HACCP’ compliance certificates.
It is almost meaningless if I inspect a factory and find that the food being produced is free of contamination, or that nobody was killed or injured on that day.
It is not just what happens when I am present in a factory or farm that matters. There needs to be in place a robust “quality assurance” program, with transparency and accountability.
Before I can issue a compliance certificate, I need to check the management, methods, training, etc to make sure that hazards have been assessed and that procedures are in place to ensure food safety or human safety for the other 364 days of the year.
The lack of evidence of a robust “quality assurance” program and procedures in the ABS is alarming.
Based on the somewhat limited information to hand so far:
- Website www.abs.gov.au, notably the two sections with titles:- “Quality & Integrity Statement” and “External Observers”
- The “Fraud Control Plan and fraud control measures”and its related ‘comprehensive risk assessment’ mentioned on www.abs.gov.au have not been made public
- And this plan and assessment seem not to have been audited by independent experts
- Unsatisfactory answers by the ABS to some of my 9 questions of 26 September
- Lack of answers by the ABS to my questions numbered 10 to 22 of 7 and 8 November
- Lack of answers by the Minister’s office to my 8 questions numbered A to G
- Apparent anomalies in the mathematical patterns of votes
- The refusal by Protoviti, the auditor engaged by the ABS, to answer my questions
- The ABS not making public the Protoviti reports (likely they have done excellent work, but only within the scope of the ‘terms of reference’ set for them by the ABS)
- The strange phenomenon that Protoviti employees were forced to sign a “non-disclosure” agreement – the sort of thing only relevant to matters of defence and commercial competitiveness re tenders etc
- The lack of any publicly-available knowledge as to whether the ‘terms of reference’ (i.e. the scope of activities that Protoviti was asked to address) were adequate or had been set too restrictively by the ABS
- The inherent possibility that ABS computers could have been ‘hacked’ unless the “cyber security controls including extensive use of data encryption” were of a higher standard than that which normally prevails in Canberra public service agencies
A taboo subject by the major parties before elections is the hidden scourge of voting fraud. Like a crazy cousin it tends to be swept under the carpet.
The Australian Electoral Commission, since at least 1987, and more recently has been accused of being an accessory to the unlawful goaling of Pauline Hanson and David Ettridge of One Nation, and has faced allegations of being involved in voting fraud.
In her groundbreaking work, ‘The Frauding of Votes’ Professor Amy McGrath has dissected the electoral process in Australia. Her findings are quite discomforting, leaving the reader with a lingering mistrust of the election process.
Particularly, a foreword in the book researched by crime writer Bob Bottom, on Queensland vote fraud and the involvement of the Australian Labor Party reveals criminality gone unchecked.
One may ask,” will my vote go to where I intend it to go?” Or another question following an election could be,” I cannot find anyone who voted for that person or party.”
Or in marginal seats a result is often tipped one way or another by a handful of preferences, which could be a legitimate result, but in the experience of Cairns News researchers, the final result can often be dodgy.
Cairns News has on file some outstanding examples of roll manipulation providing large numbers of false enrollments.
One in particular is to enrol a false name at a real address. Of course it is hard to verify the authenticity of a name but not difficult to check an address.
We have 16 letters from the AEC all mailed to 16 different names at one Brisbane address. After exhaustive checks including title searches and council records only one name was a real person.
The modus operandi of rent-a-vote is to have a list of these names for pre-polling booths where the rorters often strike. The AEC issued a media release stating at this election a week ago there were more than 400,000 pre-polling votes cast. This is 150,000 more than last election, the AEC claimed.
No identification is needed to get a ballot paper at a federal election. Simply rock up to the table, give your name, tell the official you have not voted anywhere else that day and off you go to make your mark.
Simple arithmetic says if the roll is padded with 2700 names for example in the state seat of Cook at the state election these are sufficient available numbers to shore up a candidate’s result.
Essentially the roll was either over-padded with false names or the AEC failed to check identities and remove those unknown prior to the election.
There were only a handful of prosecutions after the election for people not voting in Cook.
A person with a list of falsely enrolled names could go to 50 booths in an electorate and vote 50 times in different names. None would be the wiser.
Cook it is an electorate which takes in Cape York so there may well be a number of people enrolled who did not vote. But the Electoral Commission is supposed to write to all people on the roll well before an election to ensure they do exist and their details are correct. If there is no reply then the name is removed from the roll, isn’t it?
Two glaring questions stand out in this highly illegal practice.
Who supplies the list to rent-a-vote and just who are these fraudsters who have been seen in the past by party workers traveling from booth to booth in small buses?
The AEC used to conduct physical habitation checks of every residence in the country, but these days it claims it does not need to do this expensive exercise. It says it cross checks all government and private data available to verify identities.
Everyday experience dealing with government and private bureaucracies would show this method to be less than reliable.
In 2004 One Nation Senator Len Harris corresponded with then AEC Commissioner Bob Longland. Longland admitted there were at least 400,000 entries on the roll whose identity was not verified.
This is the hidden cost of ‘democracy’ in Australia.