We Are NOT Counting Presidential Votes in Spain

There are many ways to corrupt the vote. Online voting has had poor results. Anything electronic or via email is problematic. The Chinese almost successfully hacked into our electronic voting systems in 2010. It’s not the only problem of course.

Without Voter ID, we have to rely on the trustworthiness and competence of voting officials which is often disappointing.

Democrats are currently opposed to Voter ID because they claim that it will unfairly discriminate against minorities who they apparently believe are incapable of securing photo ID’s. The only minorities who will be kept from voting with Voter ID’s are illegals and maybe not even them.

We don’t need to make the voter fraud problem worse by believing false rumors of non-existant problems.

I think it’s safe to say that most of what you read on the Internet is inaccurate. Currently, there are rumors milling around the Internet that Obama has contracted to have our presidential ballots counted in Spain by a company owned by Soros. It’s not true fortunately.

The truth is that decisions about how we vote remain in the hands of the individual states. Obama did NOT sell our voting rights to a Spanish company and he is not empowered to do so which is why SCYTL, the company in question, has individual contracts with states.

SCYTL is owned by Balderton Capital, Nauta Capital, and Spinnaker SCR and not by Soros. They recently bought SOE software. SCYTL is based in Spain but it is a private e-voting venture and has offices throughout the world.

Some states and the DOD are trying to secure online voting using some of SCYTL’s services. Most of what SCYTL does is provide assist services and background support. For instance, SOE software allows for military to download and mark their ballots and then put them in the mail.

In 2009, the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act mandated that U.S. jurisdictions allow uniformed and overseas citizens to receive and track their ballots electronically. SCYTL’s online ballot program was used in 14 states during the 2010 midterms. That is the only federal program we have with SCYTL.

I checked the SCYTL site out of curiosity. The following claims appear on the SCYTL site but the information appears to be inaccurate and not updated. I updated some of it in red. One of the things that struck me is if SCYTL can’t even get the information on their website right, why would any state use their services for online and email voting, just a thought.

  • SCYTL claims that the  Federal Voting Assistance Program of the U.S. Department of Defense selected Scytl to provide a secure online ballot delivery and onscreen marking systems under a program to support overseas military and civilian voters for the 2010 election cycle and beyond.  The DOD denies having a contract with Scytl.
  • A pilot program for online voting in West Virginia utilized military-style encryption to ensure ballot security. This program has NOT been renewed.
  • A New York program allowing military or overseas voters to download their ballot, cast the ballot and have it in the mail back to New York State the same day by email was approved. The success and status of the program is unknown.
  • D.C. implemented a pilot program at polling stations which used electronic voter lists. D.C. has cancelled the program after SOE was hacked.
  • The state of Alabama awarded a contract to Scytl to allow overseas voters access to electronic voting in 2010. Success and status unknown
  • Florida turned down Scytl for inaccurate reporting.
  • Several states are mentioned as having pilot programs participating in online voting. Click here for SYCTL’s press release.
SCYTL does not include a paper trail so their accuracy cannot be checked. More concerning is that government election officials and computer programmers will be able to see how each citizen votes. A secret ballot is one of our most sacred rights. I personally do not believe we are ready for online voting.

Click here for information from Examiner.com which separates fact from fiction.

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