A Fraud-Proof Voting System: Without It, There Is No Democracy.

“It doesn’t matter who votes, it matters who counts the votes.” – Joseph Stalin

Simple fact. If a system leaves room for fraud and exploitation, it will be capitalized on. It will be exploited. If you want to have a real democracy, you must have a real voting system. And if you want to have a real voting system, it must be fraud proof.

How do you implement a fraud-proof voting system? It’s surprisingly simple. The only difficult part is forcing your government to employ it. Why wouldn’t your government want a fraud-proof voting system? Why doesn’t it have one already? Well, that’s a very good question, Bobby. Now you’re using your noggin.

Qualities Of A Fraud Proof Voting System

  1. Transparency in voter counts. The counts, how many people have voted, must be public and verifiable by anyone. (Not a computer, not a trusted committee, able to be verified by anyone)
  2. Transparency in vote results. Everyone should be able to see all of the results of the individual votes. Again, not a computer or trusted committee. Everyone needs to be able to count and tally up the results themselves. The identity of each voter does not need to be revealed. It should be anonymous.
  3. Verifiability of your own vote. You must be able to verify that your own vote was correctly recorded.

That’s it. If a voting system has these three qualities, the election is audit-able by everyone and effectively, fraud-proof. But what would a voting system with these three qualities look like? Here’s an example system below.

Fraud Proof Voting System

  1. Transparency of voter counts. Votes must be made in public. Unfortunately for this to be most sound, private mailed in votes couldn’t work because they don’t allow for transparency in counts. Allow private individuals like you or me to stand and count all voters entering voting facilities. Individual counters can report their results together, publicly, and make the number of voters, transparent, audit-able, public knowledge.
  2. Transparency in vote results. When each person goes in to vote, they should be given a randomly generated ID number. This number corresponds with their vote result (they should save this number). When the voting process is over, all votes should be posted publicly (on the internet) with their corresponding ID number, sort of like when a teacher posts grades on the wall with just the student ID number and not the name. This way, everyone can count the votes themselves and tally up the results. Everyone can come to the same consensus on results. Transparent results, public, audit-able.
  3. Verifiability of your own vote. Since results are posted publicly with corresponding ID number, you can easily verify that your vote was recorded correctly. Everyone can do so. It can be clear the number of people who claim their vote was recorded incorrectly (it would inevitably be small) and depending on the quantity of “incorrectly recorded votes”, those voters may be given a chance to re-vote, and the results re-posted if it was close enough to change the overall results. Vote results are verifiable, public, audit-able.

That’s it. A a voting system that is hypothetically fraud-proof.

Why would this be fraud proof?
The results of the votes could not be artificially changed by someone. People would see that their vote was recorded not as they intended to vote. Fake votes could not be artificially added to counts, because the counts are publicly verifiable by anyone who stood to count voters.

Accurate # of votes + accurately recorded votes = valid election

Of course, this particular example is hypothetically fraud proof because it could still be possible to commit fraud by voting multiple times. This is where we’d have to have a little faith in the voting management to not intentionally allow people to go through the voting line twice and vote multiple times. But surely, fraudulent voting in this manner could not be done on a large scale. Since voting is conducted publicly, it gives high probability for fraudulent voters, voting multiple times in this way to be discovered.

The difference between democracy and tyranny is in democracy, the people get to vote on issues in government. But what system do you have, when you have a democracy with a flawed voting system?

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How to Stop SOPA and PIPA

The internet is under attack– this time, by none other than the US government. The claim is that the “Stop Online Piracy Act” and the “Protect IP Act” were created to hinder online piracy. But their potential for abuse proves far worse than any potential gain and the irrevocable damage they can cause to the fundamentally free internet and freedom of speech cannot be ignored.

With all of the protest and outcry going on, many wonder how much they can actually do to curb the bills from passing. Since the recent uproar, some senators are claiming to relinquish their support for the bills. But recent reports are that the bills will be tabled for now, as Obama has made claim he would reject them as they are currently written.

We cannot accept a mere tabling of the bills. This is a strategy that has been used by the senate many times in the past to wait out public outcry. Weeks or months from now when everyone is focused on other things, the bills will be quietly passed and go virtually unnoticed.

So how can we send a longer, lasting message that these bills must be destroyed and nothing like this can ever be proposed again? I’ve got some formidable ideas on the situation.

How to stop SOPA/PIPA… It’s actually pretty SIMPLE!

Solution:
  1. Everyone:
    • Boycott SOPA supporters, products and services.
    • Publicly shame them for threatening to take away our freedoms.
  2. Google, Facebook, Wikipedia etc. (Big companies opposing SOPA/PIPA with a strong internet presence):
    • Block IPs and access to your pages, products, groups, emails and services from SOPA supporters and government supporters. They no longer get to use your services to further their businesses, for attempting to ruin the internet and disrupt freedom of speech.

 

See how they like that. If they want to ruin your internet, just ruin it for them.

Google, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia... the people need your support! Everyone will try to do their part in boycotting and shaming these companies, organizations, and government officials. But this can only go so far and what will really make a difference is if the real super powers of the internet can show these supporters what a real censored internet looks like.

Here's a big list of SOPA/PIPA supporters. Focus on the bigger ones for starters.

60 Plus Association
ABC
Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP)
American Bankers Association (ABA)
American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Americans for Tax Reform
Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States
Association of American Publishers (AAP)
Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies
Association of Talent Agents (ATA)
Beachbody, LLC
BMI
BMG Chrysalis
Building and Construction Trades Department
Capitol Records Nashville
CBS
Cengage Learning
Christian Music Trade Association
Church Music Publishers’ Association
Coalition Against Online Video Piracy (CAOVP) Comcast/NBCUniversal
Concerned Women for America (CWA)
Congressional Fire Services Institute
Copyhype
Copyright Alliance
Coty, Inc.
Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB)
Council of State Governments
Country Music Association
Country Music Television
Creative America
Deluxe
Directors Guild of America (DGA)
Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc.
Elsevier
EMI Christian Music Group
EMI Music Publishing
Entertainment Software Association (ESA)
ESPN
Estée Lauder Companies
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
GoDaddy
Gospel Music Association
Graphic Artists Guild
Hachette Book Group
HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, Inc.
Hyperion
Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)
International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE)
International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
International Union of Police Associations
L’Oreal
Lost Highway Records
Macmillan
Major County Sheriffs
Major League Baseball
Majority City Chiefs
Marvel Entertainment, LLC
MasterCard Worldwide
MCA Records
McGraw-Hill Education
Mercury Nashville
Minor League Baseball (MiLB)
Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC)
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
Moving Picture Technicians
MPA – The Association of Magazine Media
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
National Center for Victims of Crime
National Crime Justice Association
National District Attorneys Association
National Domestic Preparedness Coalition
National Football League
National Governors Association, Economic Development and Commerce Committee National League of Cities
National Narcotics Offers’ Associations’ Coalition
National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) National Songwriters Association National Troopers Coalition
News Corporation
Pearson Education
Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Pfizer, Inc.
Provident Music Group
Random House
Raulet Property Partners
Republic Nashville
Revlon
Scholastic, Inc.
Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Showdog Universal Music
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Nashville
State International Development Organization (SIDO)
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO)
The Perseus Books Groups
The United States Conference of Mayors
Tiffany & Co.
Time Warner
True Religion Brand Jeans
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
UMG Publishing Group Nashville
United States Chamber of Commerce
United States Olympic Committee
United States Tennis Association
Universal Music
Universal Music Publishing Group
Viacom
Visa Inc.
W.W. Norton & Company
Wallace Bajjali Development Partners, L.P.
Warner Music Group
Warner Music Nashville
Wolters Kluewer Health
Word Entertainment

 

And here's a list of Facebook Walls for some of the bigger supporters:

 

Go ahead, post a nice message on their wall to remind them that you'll never forget how they supported the destruction of the internet and freedom of speech.

 

Remember. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance...

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