To Joaquin Castro
I am writing today concerned about the integrity of our elections. I was recently informed that our state may begin a full forensic audit of four counties’ 2020 election results. Please know, and take note, that I support these efforts. If Governor Abbott, or any of our body of lawmakers, attempt to get this effort completed, I expect your full support as well. To honor your office, and to stand for the people, your community, your state, and your country, if an audit is requested by the people, an elected office holder should always comply.
The Texas Full Forensic Audit of the 2020 General Election that Governor Abbott and the current acting Secretary of State have thrown together within hours of President Donald Trump’s call is NOT A FULL FORENSIC AUDIT. We demand that you support an election audit of the Texas 2020 General Election, and that additional amendments are added to the Secretary of States Full Forensic Audit of 2020 General Election Plan.
PLEASE NOTE: Without the addition of these amendments, the audit as outlined by the current acting Secretary of State is incomplete, and cannot accurately access for Illegal Voting, Election Fraud, Voter Fraud, Outside Interference, Ballot Trafficking, or Ballot Harvesting.
The following is the text from the Secretary of State’s summary of the plan for Texas’ audit of the 2020 General Election.
From Secretary of State Full Forensic Audit of 2020 General Election Summary
Phase 1: Testing Voting Machine Accuracy, Cybersecurity Assessments, and Identifying and Removing Ineligible Voters Who Cast Ballots in 2020 (Already Completed or Underway)
- After every single Texas election, counties are required to conduct a partial manual count of electronic voting system ballots within 72 hours of the polls closing to ensure the accuracy of the tabulation of electronic voting systems results (Sec.127.201).
- All counties are required to undergo an Election Security Assessment (ESA) of the county’s election system (Sec. 279.003). All 254 counties have completed these assessments.
- Under both state and federal law, the Texas Secretary of State’s office is empowered to maintain the accuracy of the statewide voter registration list to ensure that ineligible voters – including deceased individuals, individuals registered in multiple states or counties, and non-U.S. citizens – do not remain on the voter rolls (Secs. 18.061 – 18.0681).
- As part of the audit process, the office has received reports from the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) regarding voters who may have voted twice in state and across state lines. We have also received a report of persons who may have been deceased when a vote was cast in their name. Finally, we have identified potential non-U.S. citizen voters and have directed county voter registrars to take action to verify the eligibility of registered voters and cancel their registration if they do not present proof of eligibility. Once that action has been taken, our office evaluates the persons cancelled and refers any instances of possible illegal voting to the Office of the Texas Attorney General for investigation (Sec. 31.006).
Phase 2: Comprehensive Election Records Examination (Spring 2022)
- As part of the Texas Secretary of State’s duty to assist and advise all election authorities with regard to the application, operation, and interpretation of the Texas Election Code (Sec. 31.004) and to obtain and maintain uniformity in the application of the Code (Sec. 31.003), the office will conduct a comprehensive election records examination over the next several months to ensure election administration procedures were properly followed during the 2020 General Election. The records examined from each county will include – but are not limited to – the following types of documents:
- Logic & Accuracy Testing Records for Voting Machines, including:
- All test ballots voted
- Test Deck Records
- Testing Media
- Early Voting and Election Day Materials, including:
- List of registered voters used in the 2020 General Election
- Daily Early Voting Rosters for in-person voting
- Chain of Custody forms that document the seals on the ballot boxes
- Chain of Custody delivery and pickup of equipment at voting sites
- Statements of Residence
- Reasonable Impediment Declarations
- Limited Ballot Applications
- Audit Logs from applicable Voting System Devices
- List of Rejected Provisional Ballots and reason for rejection
- Ballot and Seal Certificates
- Hand Delivery of a Ballot by Mail Roster and Forms
- Receipts of Sealed Early Voting Ballot Boxes
- Signature Verification Committee Materials
- Early Voting Ballot Board Materials, including:
- Receipt of Sealed Early Voting Ballot Boxes
- Poll List of Mail Voters
- Notice of Rejected Carriers and reasons
- Central Counting Station Plan
- Training Materials
- County election officials must retain these records for 22 months under both federal law (52 USC 20701) and state law (Texas Election Code Sec. 66.058).
- All of this information is available to the general public (Sec. 1.012).
- After a thorough examination of the abovementioned records and materials in each county, irregularities or deviations from election administration procedures that may have affected the accuracy of the electronic voting system ballot count could trigger a full manual recount of ballots in the affected precincts or polling locations, pursuant to the Secretary of State’s authority to ensure the accuracy of the tabulation of electronic voting system results (Sec. 127.202).
SUGGESTED AMENDMENTS TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE FULL FORENSIC AUDIT PLAN
- All elected officials, representatives, should comply, without objection. (standard)
- Phase one requires a canvas to prove the results of the ESA, the ERIC report and the physical and electronic image system ballots.
- The partial manual count of electronic voting system ballots, completed within 72 hours of the election will require a full count of not only the electronic voting system ballots, but also of the physical ballots, regardless of what the administrative audit report shows.
- A third party audit of all voting machines, not to include Pro V&V, SLI Compliance, Harri Hursti, or any EAC Certified Vendor, must occur to determine the connectability of the machines, interactivity detection, to determine where information may been sent or received.
COMPLETED REPORTS OF THE 2020 GENERAL ELECTION SECURITY ASSESSMENT
The completed assessments to review with amended steps.
- Election Security Assessment (Sec. 279.003)
- Electronic Registration Information center (E.R.I.C.) (Sec. 31.006)
As the elected representative, you should have no objection to my request. Please show your support for a full forensic audit of the Texas 2020 General Election, and do your part to search for and read beyond the headlines you see every day. The threat of election fraud and theft is very real, and we have experienced it for ourselves in the USA. If any of the states can be hit with substantial fraud, we owe it to ourselves to ensure our election was secure, accurate, and trustworthy.
In the case of the recent Arizona audit, Senator Sonny Borelli, and Matt Salmon, Former Congressman and Gubernatorial Candidate in Georgia, raise a number of concerns. Citing cases of deleted files, destroyed evidence, and systems connected to the Internet when officials repeatedly said they would not be, have added to the distrust among voters that the election, and subsequent audit itself in Arizona, were legitimate. Matt Salmon continued to say in a recent interview that in addition to systems being Internet-enabled, no multi-factor authentication or unique passwords were used, which he feels enabled potentially criminal activity.
The recent Maricopa County, AZ Audit Report notes a number of troubling findings, including:
• 57K questionable votes, deleted election files, and suspicious voting machine activity;
• 10,000+ double votes across county lines, as well as votes from deceased voters, voters who are not listed in public records, and those who are identifiable as the same person with two different Voter IDs;
• Tens of thousands of ballots cast from individuals who had moved prior to the election and could not have physically received their ballots, legally;
• Proper voter registration law and procedures were not followed, leading to unexplained large purges of registered voters, right after the election, of people who had voted in the election and back dating of registrations, adjustments made to historical voting and voter records, unexplained linking of voter registration affidavits to multiple voters and more;
• Files were missing from the Election Management System (EMS) Server;
• Ballot images on the EMS were corrupt or missing;
• Logs appeared to be intentionally rolled over, and all the data in the database related to the 2020 General Election had been fully cleared;
• Ballot batches were not always clearly delineated, duplicated ballots were missing the required serial numbers, originals were duplicated more than once, and the Auditors were never provided Chain-of- Custody documentation for the ballots for the time-period prior to the ballot’s movement into the Auditors’ care. This all increased the complexity and difficulty in properly auditing the results; and
• Several anomalies noted in the ratio of hand-folded ballots, on-demand printed ballots, and an increase in provisional ballot rejections for a mail-in ballot already being cast, which suggests that potentially mail-in ballots were cast on voters’ behalves without their knowledge.
Please look into the election audits happening around the country. While you may not hear or see the truth about what is happening in these United States of America on your television news, or your online news websites, it is happening, and we the people are holding elected officials who ignore, obstruct, or remain complicit in election fraud and theft, or those who deny their constituents their right to an election audit. Thank you.