It never ceases to put me in awe when I work or watch a poll. If you are or ever have been an elected official, you owe a debt. If you are a legislator and consider legislating anything about elections without having trained and worked a poll, you are not prepared to do your job and can not truly appreciate having that position. While pollwatching yesterday Oak Ridge Boys This Is America started playing in my head watching the varying people coming to vote. Old, young, black, white, Asian, Hispanic, various origins, beautiful, ugly, lame, hindered, rich, poor, smart and not so much. We dont like these machines, but when you stand in a voting booth you are never more equal than there. Whatever your status, whatever voting method that counts, you stand with your vote the same as the one next to you or before or after you. The voting booth recognizes only a vote.
One lady walked in with a cane bent over and after sitting to rest while waiting for check in at the poll pad, she had difficulty getting up out of the chair. One lady was pushed in in a wheel chair. There were several canes and hindrances. Some went to great difficulty to come cast their ballot on the disliked and untrusted machines. We owe getting this mess straightened out to those who would go to such trouble. Any person, company, official that would diminish and not protect their vote is not deserving of the benefits of America. All these different faces are America, each one a piece of the whole. To have elections even under the best circumstances requires two sides: the voters and the doers. In stressful times its even harder to get the job done. One of the workers said the been doing this for a week. I cant imagine. When I worked a poll I had to be there at 5:45 a.m.until after 7 or all voters in line voted and the closing poll duties were done. Many people have time and energy invested in whatever elections take place. It is a shame to waste their efforts on shoddy, unfair equipment or procedures. We are the best country. We deserve to have the best elections. I won’t give up, I won’t give in. You don’t either. Even if you don’t like politics (and I don’t), even if you can’t vote this election, register for next time. Volunteer to work a poll or poll watch. Work on a campaign. Carry your part of America safely and freely to the next generation of the greatest country in the world. https://youtu.be/qRFaAPdxAfo
Pursuant to wed committee meeting, i could not email link. Said it was spam
Tried breaking it up, tried sending picture, tried even sending in different emails. They got this one locked down. T
Georgia law requires every vote to be accurately counted. There is zero tolerance for inaccurate counting. In Coalition for Good Governance v. Kemp and extended to Raffensperger a federal judge ruled that law against voters documenting their ballot using photography coud not be enforced. Yet, no directive has been given to election offices to change pollworker or pollwatcher training incorporating the judge’s order for proper administration of polls.
For well over a year and a half several voters have attended Cherokee County Board of Election meetings in an effort to point out problems and explain the reasons for mistrust in Georgia elections. We have suggested actions allowed and required by Georgia law. While the Cherokee County Board of Elections was receptive initially, for whatever reason they are no longer even to that required of them by law. The change is consistent with the employ of an attorney that advises them of fines for certain actions but has not as strongly advised to my knowledge of criminal charges that could be levied against them.
While relations between the sides for the most part have been congenial, the introduction of non Cherokee residents who have no vested interest in Cherokee County elections has progressed to the point of agitation by outsiders. I have personally known two board members for over thirty years. They have a history of service to this county. I fear that history is being undermined by the highly stressful situation which has developed since voters have become aware of problems with the 2020 election and ongoing problems in subsequent elections.
Despite the majority of concerned citizens who have conducted themselves properly and charitably, of which I count myself, asking the board to execute means within their authority to restore some confidence in the Cherokee County elections, those in attendance at the October Board of Elections meeting were chided and berated by a board member with others who were accused of threatening others at the September meeting. I saw nor heard nothing at the September meeting that caused me alarm. Perspective easily influences perception. Let me state without reserve I will not tolerate inappropriate conduct by anyone in my presence at Board of Elections meetings. It is my duty to quell that as much as it is to secure transparent elections. I will call for authorities if necessary and as best as this old grandma can I would physically come to the defense of those in service to this county.
During the chiding it was stated that there is law to be followed. That is what is desired, required, and necessary to reset elections on stabler ground. Law can not be followed selectively. I have made the Board aware of the ruling banning enforcement of photography bans in the poll as well as that ballots are by law to be counted at the precincts as well as many other areas that need attention. I am not responsible for the choices of the Board or director as to what issues they choose to address or how they choose to address them. The Bible says in a multitude of counselors their is safety. Proverbs 11:14
Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
I would urge those in authority to seek enough counselors to form the best plan of action for themselves and Cherokee County.
Ann Brumbaugh is the attorney currently advising the Cherokee County Board of Elections as of September 23, 2022. She has worked and spoken against citizens concerned about transparent elections. You will find elsewhere on this site where she misadvised the Board. Poor information is what she spreads to a board who is bound by law with consequences.
Others have taken note of her conduct. https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.georgiarecord.com/did-cherokee-co-election-attorney-repeatedly-lie-to-board-before-audit-vote/&usg=AOvVaw1xniig4csFkEFuztVSR6xE
I archived ann brumbaugh’s web site to memorialize her leftist opinions. You can navigate to the article on a non lawyers guide on voting rights. Its not really a guide, but an opinion piece that does not reflect a desire for or intent to guide any client to a transparent election. https://web.archive.org/web/20220118050448/https://www.annbrumbaughlaw.com/
In a court suit fighting SB 202, Coalition for Good Goverment, et. al. v. Raffensperger, et. al., a preliminary injunction has been issued allowing for voters photographing their voted ballot on the bmd in the voting booth. The order was signed August 20, 2021, but no change in pollworker training, or signage has been put in place.
According to this expert, no code is needed to hack a computer. No internet access is required. It can be done via the power wires. Computers are just 1’s and 0’s. 1 for on and 0 for off so I can see it being possible through the power lines. Very interesting at how many people are going to greater effort to sell us a bag of manure than to produce good products in good character.