The nation’s top election officials are calling for more stringent guidelines for post-election audits. At the summer meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State, secretaries voted nearly unanimously on Monday to approve a series of recommendations for post-election audits on everything from a timeline, to chain of custody of election materials.
Two Republican secretaries present didn’t back it: West Virginia Secretary Mac Warner, who voted against it, and Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, who abstained.
Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, a Democrat who was part of a bipartisan group of 8 secretaries that helped draft the guidelines say they had been working in secret for months to come to an agreement.
What’s in the guidelines?
The secretaries call on audits to have a definitive time-frame, which is “ideally” laid out in state law, and for state and local election officials to “be an integral part of the post-election audit process.”
The guidelines also call for auditors to be wary of third-party involvement, saying outside participants should be determined prior to the election and work closely with election officials. The guidelines also recommend that voting machines should be audited by a “federally or a state accredited test lab,” which comes after jurisdictions in Arizona and Pennsylvania saw their election machines decertified after a third party handled them.
Why oppose these new guidelines?
As we have seen time and time again, our Elections are not safe, fair or accurate by any means. The NASS has made it clear that they wish to circumvent the will of the people. They want to make you believe that only audits run by the State or Federal Government are legitimate, when in fact they are not, as we have seen with the last General Election of 2020 and previous elections before.
People are starting to wake up to the fact that we are pawns in this Global game of Politics. Whether it be voting rights, election laws, audit guidelines or healthcare issues, now is the time to make a stand.
What can you do to help?
Good visit with @CISAJen during her visit to Des Moines for #NASScon. We will continue to work with all our local, state and federal partners and the private sector to protect your vote and ensure our systems have top notch security. pic.twitter.com/Bh0yoLybIF
— Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate (@IowaSOS) August 17, 2021
Firstly, email the Iowa SOS and let him know that he is out of line: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join groups with like minded people. Go to your local City Council Meetings. Spread the word and provide facts in a fair and simple manner to wake more people up.