Things Looking Up for HB 1169

Jun 2, 2020 (Raleigh) House Bill 1169, the COVID cash-grab election bill, moving through the enactment process at break-neck speed, passed its first Senate hurdle today and heads to the Finance Committee.

NCSBE Director Karen Bell

NC State Board of Elections (NCSBE) Director, Karen Bell, was a no-show at today’s hearing, held in one of the largest committee meeting rooms in the entire Legislative complex, which raised a he-said, she-said dispute over the matter. We’ve reached out to both NCSBE and to Committee leadership for clarification.

But as we continue to get more information on details of the bill, we’re learning that a “delay in codification” of a November 2019 law may make the on-line portal registration a little more palpable.

Online absentee ballot requests are currently legal in 12 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures website.

We rate only one state, Oklahoma, as “far above average” for fraud mitigation standards in their online absentee ballot portal. Their written applications are pretty fraud friendly, but online requests require both the voter’s DMV information and the last four digits of their Social Security card (SSN4).

This is good because, while the DMV info helps confirm the voter’s state residency, the SSN4 helps verify the voter’s citizenship, but we don’t have that law.

Why can Oklahoma have a strong safeguard but North Carolina can’t?

Before going any further, let’s visit the wayback machine:

Long-time readers might recall that our “favorite” interstate double voter, Pasco Parker, used an SSN4 in Tennessee that was different than the one he gave in North Carolina. It’s also a fact that nobody caught his deception until we brought the problem to Tennessee’s Coordinator of Elections, Mark Goins.

That said, six online portal states make requestors provide either their DMV number or their SSN4, but not both.

Some good news about HB 1169 is that a “delay in codification” may prove that HB 1169 will include the either-or requirement and that modest safeguard, earns lawmakers some credit.

Only “some” credit?

Never forget that online systems for voter registrations and absentee ballot requests can both be systematically hacked to the point of unlimited voter fraud or election theft on a grand scale. For that reason, we strongly advise against either system.

Added to that very real threat is the “habit” of election officials to downplay or distort the truth about voter fraud, possibly for partisan reasons.

Their secrecy makes it impossible for watchdog organizations to verify the integrity of the voter rolls unless they file costly lawsuits.

Questions Abound

Who confirms the validity of a voter’s SSN4?

Who confirms the voter’s DMV digits?

And more importantly, what will anybody do if the numbers don’t match?

Remember, until we stopped him, Pasco Parker double voted in Florida and North Carolina for 12 years.

He also voted in Tennessee for eight years . . . using a different SSN4.

Forgive me if I appear a little jaded, but how come we’re forced to trust¬† . . .¬† but not allowed to verify?

~ jd