Viewpoint: Tales of rigging and not-so-dead ends

Viewpoint: Tales of rigging and not-so-dead ends

By Joe Baker

Tales of

rigging and

not-so-dead ends

By Joe Baker

Senior Editor

Several weeks ago, we told you the many powerful interest intended to install optical character reader voting machines (OCRs) across the country.

Now comes corroboration in the daily press, reporting that Lee Daniels, Illinois House minority leader from Elmhurst, is carrying water for Charles Schumer, D-NY, the congressional pointman for the votescamers.

Daniels’ bill, which he intends to file soon, would make optical machines mandatory in all Illinois counties. It would provide financing to get the job done.

Daniels and Schumer say this will prevent a fiasco like the Florida chad circus from happening again and also will catch any voting errors, such as voting more than once for an office.

But the real underlying motivation is to eliminate any audit trail from the election process. They carefully do not mention that these machines, which were designed here, by the way, contain either a two-way modem or a silicon chip.

They are easily manipulated by cell phone or satellite. If an individual has the access code, he or she can access the machines during voting and can make any changes wanted to produce a desired outcome.

You may vote for candidate A, for instance, but it is child’s play for a political operative to move that vote to candidate B. The insidious thing is there is no way to detect it. Election officials won’t know when it is happening, and there will be no trace when voting is done, just totals.

Scan ballots can be switched in transit to back up the “new” totals.

In one neat maneuver, the citizenry is disenfranchised, and the politicians have a nearly foolproof method of perpetuating themselves in office.

Rockford already has these machines in place. Winnebago County clings to the also easily corrupted punchcard system. They, however, are looking into the OCR machines.

The next step planned after these machines are used is to implement Internet voting where the “voter” merely touches the screen of his or her monitor to cast a “vote.” When that arrives, it will be impossible to detect or trace any part of the election process and a democratic republic, as we know it, will be gone.

Some may say we’ll vote the scoundrels out. The problem is you didn’t vote them in, and you

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will be powerless to change anything. If you want to know who wins the next county election, look at who won last time. It’s the same people over and over. Now you know why.

Perryville pothole

Kris Cohn, in her office, reportedly told an individual: “This is my county. I own it.” Monday she learned she doesn’t own quite all of it.

Cohn fell into a giant legal pothole that has brought the Perryville Road extension project to a dead halt for now. She discovered the county cannot cross Stone Bridge Trail with its proposed four-lane highway.

The trail is owned by Roscoe Township and is protected by state environmental laws. That means no road or anything can cross it without the township’s permission.

So round one goes to the taxpayers. Now the real battle will begin. Cohn will begin heavy maneuvering to try and solve the “roadblock,” as she calls it, and ram the highway through.

Undoubtedly, Cohn hopes this fight will go like the Custer campaign… the Indians win the first battle, but the establishment wins the war.

Reportedly, there already has been a secretive meeting of the Roscoe Village Board in which they voted to reverse their stand in opposition to the road extension.

We can expect more behind-the-scenes schemes on the county’s part to accomplish completion of this unwanted project. Cohn, remember, did not say the project is finally and permanently dead. She said no further work will be done until certain legal and factual issues are settled.

That suggests a lot of lawyer schemes designed to put pressure on the township to change its stance. Hardly anybody is buying Cohn’s claim that she didn’t know about the problem with the trail until the end of January.

Winnebago County residents need to remain alert and look sharp over the next several months to ensure that Cohn and company do not make an end run around Roscoe’s resolve.

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