I have to vote absentee to work the poll. That lets me use a paper ballot and avoid the bmd and qr code.  I am going to keep a copy of my ballot and hand deliver my request and ballot to the election office.  Cherokee County uses paper poll slips in addition to the poll pad which is subject to hacking per the movie Kill Chain.   My ballot will be counted on the scanner in the Stone election building. The bmd scannners do not read hand marked ballots.  To count absentee ballots for every registered voter in Cherokee county on the hand marked ballot scanner will take approximately 7 hours.  It will take longer for larger counties and will require poll watchers for extra time. Everybody has this choice at this time. I have additional questions about absentee ballot before and after the election security while waiting to be scanned. As they can start scanning early if they get a lot of absentee ballots I have questions about security after scanning also.   (I was satisfiied with the absentee ballot security.) There is no point in creating an unsecure paper trail.  Since Cherokee IT does not need Dominion to administrate the election I have questions about whether or not Dominon currently has passwords to the system and what checks are made to detect unauthorized access of the system, and how any updates are made to the system if Dominion does that or if Cherokee IT does it and any time constraints on updates. (I was not sure checks for unauhorized access was adequate. Only the Cherokee IT person and the Secretary of State’s office have the system password.) I will be dropping off my absentee ballot request today.  Absentee ballot requests have to be in 11 days before the election.  To use a paper ballot I recommend printing the form and hand delivering it completed to the elections office to prevent any shenanigans coming or going. You can download the form below. While we can all make this choice at this time and have the first duty to protect our own vote, we are effected by malfeasance on the part of others the same as if our ballot is thrown in the trash. Therefore, protecting our vote requires asking for the emergency paper ballots statewide.  As long as Dominion QR code readers which do not comply with law are the used (and in fact all bmd systems and poll pads are hackable) voting system, non compliance with law in letting us verify our vote is the best argument for using the emergency paper ballots at the polls.  Being as Dominion is required by law as having been selected by the Secretary of State though it is illegal, I do not see any elections board moving to paper ballots without court orders to do so. I think filing emergency suit in federal court to use paper ballots asking for injunctive relief from using Dominion is the best way to effect this for the entire state and protect everybody’s vote.  We have to consider giving them time to have enough ballots, time is of the essence. I have no idea how to file such a suit but am happy to pay the filing fee for same if an attorney is available to file it.

Absentee ballot requests have to be received by the elections office 11 days before the election. Download it, print it, complete it, and hand deliver it to the elections office. On your ballot when received complete it immediately, copy both sides, hand deliver it to the elections office.


I finally got in to see the logic and accuracy testing of the voting machines. I am glad I already had  pollworker training. While I was observing there was one machine that the poll was not closed on before it was powered off and unplugged. This required the extra step of going in and closing the poll before the testing could be done on it. All 3 ballots are voted one at a time on each ballot marking device a precinct at a time. The scanner is also tested. Absentee ballots are scanned on a separate scanner that reads hand marks. It reads 500 ballots a minute.  I was hoping that this would be a way to bypass Dominion, but that scanner is also Dominion though it is not a QR code reading scanner. It is on a closed network to which it sends the totals for incorporation into the election totals.  Thus voting absentee would be a way to copy your ballot for use if needed and would omit the suspicious QR code. 

Allowing absentee voting on paper ballots read with a scanner of this type but not Dominion would be the easiest way to ditch Dominion. With over 200,000 registered voters in Cherokee County it would take almost 7 hours to get the totals by scanning on the one scanner.  There would still need to be a network connection.  If voters scanned in their own ballot at the poll there would not be the delay but security of the physical ballots might become an issue. Voter scanning their own ballot at the poll would require a larger network for totalling.  So it appears that at this time we can not completely avoid Dominion.  We can vote absentee and keep a copy and have Dominion only read our hand made marks omitting the QR code.  Right now law requires we be able to verify our vote and since I do not have a QR code reader in my head and the QR code is proprietary unreadable except by Dominion, to verify our vote this is our only choice.  To use the hand mark scanner logic and accuracy testing of the bmd’s would not be necessary. 

We are fortunate in Cherokee County to have Bradley in charge of the IT part of the election.  It is my understanding due to his ability to administer the machines, Dominion techs are not required in Cherokee County at each election.  I have some more questions for Bradley regarding updates, passwords, and checks for unauthorized access. This ought to be the case in every county.  We need to administer our elections ourselves start to finish. 

Our legislators need to take pollworker training and observe logic and accuracy testing.  Legislators cant know all situations but elections is one area in which they can gain knowledge of what they are legislating and requiring of others.  This ought to be required of legislators. Let me know if you have any questions.


I have always believed cars should be able to run on water, separate the hydrogen and oxygen, burn the hydrogen and emit the oxygen into the air. This would practically eliminate the oil industry and bypass fuel taxing. There are reports that there are conspiracies to stop production of cars that would do this. Facebook would not let me post the link. Even typing out ache tea tea pea with the rest of the link. Trying to post it here and bypass Facebook and the conspiracy and post this link for anyone interested. We will see how it goes.


David Ralston was elected Speaker of the House in 2010 with a healthy majority of the vote. In 2011 Stacey Abrams was nominated but requested her name be withdrawn from the nominations. Less than 15 voted nay and with no opposition everybody else voted yea. Why would Stacy Abrams want her name removed from nomination? It would have been good on her resume running for governor seven years later. Deal? Hmmmmm. . . . Read the House Journals below.