NC House Set to Enact On-Line Voting

Story Update: House Speaker Moore, today, pulled SB 724 from the calendar and sent it back to committee.

Normally, that’s all it takes to kill a bill, but sounding off to lawmakers is still advised. In the past, traitorous bills like this have been seen to re-emerge at 3:45 AM, the night before they close down the session.

Nov 18, 2021

Unless he wakes up in a bad mood, NC House Speaker Tim Moore is set to hold a vote, today at around 10:00 AM, that will pass Senate Bill 724, and institute internet voting in North Carolina.

They called the bill “Expand Access to Voting,” which is like a love language to Democrat activists, but they opposed the bill, at the hearing, because it wasn’t explicit enough in letting everybody vote on-line.

Even so, they have to be snickering behind Republicans’ backs for passing a bill that guarantees their permanent status as a minority party.

This comes despite our warning at yesterday’s committee meeting that the bill lacks any safeguards against widespread abuse, the bill’s sponsor assured the audience that it’s only intended for “visually impaired” voters.

We find no language in the bill that will prevent the same kinds of abuse everybody sees with curbside voting. It too was only intended for “handicapped” voters, but anybody can use it with no questions asked.

Questions Abound

The bill states, “By submitting this request, the voter is confirming that he or she is visually impaired and meets all other requirements to vote by absentee ballot,” so it’s another provision built around the honor system.

What in this proposed law would prevent a criminal enterprise–or even Russian hackers–from flooding the on-line absentee ballot portal with ballots from deceased persons or from people who remain on the voter rolls long after they have moved away.

There’s only about a million of those dormant or “Inactive” voters, so what could possibly go wrong?

What are the penalties for people who lie and claim a “visually impaired” status?

What provisions in the bill will instruct election officials or DMV officials on how to confirm a voter’s “visually impaired” status?

How would election officials or DMV officials be able to confirm the visual impairment of a voter who’s out of state or overseas?

And finally, why do we need even this, since we’ve already spent something around half a million dollars per precinct to include a ballot marking machine that’s accessible to visually impaired voters?

We can already see the headlines of how this will play out, and imagine a sobbing Speaker Moore, who will meekly claim, “we didn’t realize this would happen.”

The bill comes despite dire warnings from prominent experts at Heritage Foundation, a Stanford University engineering publication, and a headline from the IEEE that screams, The Security Challenges of Online Voting Have Not Gone Away; Cybersecurity researchers warn that online voting is not yet safeā€”and may never be.

In a day and age when more than half of the nation wants elections to be more transparent and less secretive in counting the ballots, we cannot understand why our Republican House and Senate leadership is pushing this horrible bill.

Maybe somebody should ask them.

Session begins at 10:00 this morning.