And In Illinois……….

voting-boothIt’s very difficult to traverse the deep, broad river of dezinformatsia which has more than overflowed its banks in this 2016 election season.  Truth has become so elusive, so covered in the mire of mud slung at us from so many different directions, the search to find it is beyond exhausting.  It is blinding.  The clarity-devoid situation in which many voters who are in the process of choosing the next President of the United States find themselves is enough to induce one to throw his hands into the air and just surrender.  And the angst-inducing political stakes are complicated by concerns of hacking into and tampering with voting machines.

The question is, “Will my vote be counted correctly?”

Yesterday a couple of reports surfaced on Facebook, published by Paul Joseph Watson and subsequently on this site, from people in Texas who claimed to have had their votes switched from Trump to Clinton by voting machines.  We’ve had assurances from election officials that it’s just not so.  It’s pretty well impossible.  Then again, we’ve had a scientist with an Ivy League Ph.D.  tell us it’s not too difficult to tamper with such a machine.

Were those women telling the truth?  Who knows?  That’s Facebook.  I don’t have a Facebook page and I don’t consider it a reliable source of information for much of anything.

Nonetheless….

Comes now a Fox News report out of Chicago, Illinois, in which State Representative Republican candidate Jim Moynihan told the following story:

CHICAGO — Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats.

Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote Monday at the Schaumburg Public Library.

“I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan said. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”…

…Cook County Board of Elections Deputy Communications Director Jim Scalzitti, told Illinois Watchdog, the machine was taken out of service and tested.

“This was a calibration error of the touch-screen on the machine,” Scalzitti said. “When Mr. Moynihan used the touch-screen, it improperly assigned his votes due to improper calibration.”

Read all of it.

Here’s a parting thought, attributed to Joseph Stalin:

“Those who vote decide nothing. Those who count the vote decide everything.”

I fully trust the integrity of a friend who will be working as an election judge on November 8th.  I am confident she will do her job impartially and competently.

Do I trust these machines which receive and tabulate votes electronically?

I hand-delivered my paper ballot to the election office in my county and dropped it into the ballot box.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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