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Married, 1st generation American, Christian, conservative, GCC parent, Agribusiness manager, long-time Mac-owner, in Ohio.

C&C. Canada. mRNA. Snowden. Breast-milk. Raid.

Source: C&C NEWS ☙ Tuesday, September 27, 2022 ☙ RAMMING

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💉 It’s the end of an era. Canada’s last remaining covid restrictions are falling. As of this Friday, rules about mandatory vaccines, testing, and quarantines for international travelers will be dropped, and travel will be back to pre-pandemic normal.

I remember — almost exactly one year ago — meeting a large group of Canadian border-crossers at the Covid Summit in Ocala. It was a sobering moment. They described how they’d left all their property and in a harrowing night-time tale of underground railroads, planes, trains, and automobiles, they managed to slip across the U.S.’s northern border and made their way immediately to the Free State of Florida.

It was a jarring reminder of how we Floridians were taking things for granted, and encouraged me to broaden the fight and start trying to help, however we could, our blue state friends and northern neighbors.

I wonder sometimes, when these stories appear, if the folks I met in Ocala are ready to head home, or if they are now here to stay.

💉 A blockbuster new JAMA Pediatrics study found mRNA particles in breast milk — you know, exactly what they swore on a Bible would never, ever happen.

The good thing though is that at least no expecting mothers lost their jobs over the jabs or anything.

Oh, wait. Nevermind.

Anyway, don’t worry, the CDC still says the shots are totally safe for pregnant women:

Dr. Naomi Wolf says the Pfizer documents show that four women’s breast milk turned blue-green, which doesn’t sound too good, and one breastfeeding infant in the Pfizer clinical trials DIED.

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“Breast milk…turned blue-green” -Dr. Naomi Wolf

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But it’s okay! You can trust everything ELSE they told us about the safety and efficacy of the shots because … science! Shut up!

💉 The Epoch Times ran a quiet but profoundly important story yesterday headlined, “Doctor Turns Against Messenger RNA COVID-19 Vaccines, Calls for Global Pause.”

This is the missing link we’ve been waiting for: Medical professionals who previously supported the jabs now admitting they were wrong and doing the right thing, which takes almost as much courage as opposing the shots in the first place.

Think about this: none of the doctors who initially opposed the shots have changed their minds.

The story explains that Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a telegenic British cardiologist who sits on the board of the Journal of Insulin Resistance, just published a peer-reviewed article in that journal critical of the mRNA shots, in which he called for a worldwide halt of the jabs. His paper is titled, “Curing the pandemic of misinformation on COVID-19 mRNA vaccines through real evidence-based medicine.”

The Epoch Times drily added, “Pfizer and Moderna did not return requests for comment.” Haha, I bet they didn’t.

Dr. Malhotra was all-in. He took the jabs himself in January 2021, and the handsome, well-spoken doctor even went on British TV to push the shots. He was 100% convinced the mRNA shots were safe and effective.

It took his father dying.

About six months after getting the Pfizer vaccine, Dr. Malhotra’s fit and healthy father died at home of a sudden and unexpected heart attack. Dr. Malhotra asked for an autopsy, which showed two of his father’s major arteries severely blocked.

So, the doctor began researching post-vaccination injuries, including a study published in the journal Circulation, which showed a higher risk of hear attackd after the mRNA jabs, and a study of Nordic counties showing an elevated risk of myocarditis.

Dr. Malhotra now believes his father’s death was caused by the vaccine.

It is truly tragic that takes the deaths of people who doctors love to get us to this point. But note that it wasn’t just his father’s death, it was also the two studies he mentioned. Like the JAMA Pediatrics study I reported above about mRNA in breast milk, a critical mass of scientific consensus is building over the jab’s risks.

The word is getting out. Legitimate consensus is building. And the building consensus is getting strong enough, and loud enough, to convince at least one doctor to publicly change his position. There will be more.

Believe me, we’re getting there.

🔥 The Washington Post ran a story yesterday headlined, “Putin Grants Citizenship To Edward Snowden, Who Exposed U.S. Surveillance.” Snowden has been living in Russia since 2013, applied for Russian citizenship back in 2020, but his permanent citizenship status was just approved yesterday, by a decree signed by president Putin.

Curious timing, isn’t it?

The WaPo slyly says Snowden just “considers himself a whistleblower,” but later the article admitted that Snowden “disclosed the existence of the NSA’s collection of millions of Americans’ phone records, a program later found by a federal appeals court to be unlawful and since shuttered.”

Unlawful. Shuttered.

WaPo also quoted Jameel Jaffer, executive director of Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute, who tweeted yesterday, “{Snowden] did an immense public service by exposing mass surveillance programs that multiple courts later found to be unconstitutional.”

So.

Government actors quoted for the story were not quite so charitable. Sue Gordon, a former principal deputy director of national intelligence, said Snowden’s new Russian citizenship “takes away any illusion that what he was doing [through his disclosures] was to help America.”

Jim Clapper, former director of national intelligence, criticized Snowden, but admitted that the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records was something “we probably should have been more transparent” about. Ya think?

“Probably should have been more transparent.” These people kill me. If you love transparency so much, how about not waiting till you get caught, and go ahead and apply that love of transparency to whatever you’re up to right now? How about to the Ukraine bio-labs?

Regardless of how you feel about Snowden, the real story is how his new Russian citizenship is the fruit of Biden’s sanctions program.

🔥 The takes on Snowden’s citizenship vary, of course, largely depending on whether the pundit is part of the political party controlling the intelligence agencies or not.

Matt Gaetz says Biden should just go ahead and pardon Snowden:

Twitter avatar for @mattgaetzMatt Gaetz @mattgaetz

Joe Biden should PARDON @Snowden

Biden delegate, Princeton grad, and lefty social media influencer Lindy Li says Snowden is obviously a Russian secret agent, just like President Trump:

For his part, for some reason, Snowden doesn’t seem like much of a CIA fan. So the feeling is mutual.

🔥 Snowden just published a Substack article titled, “The CIA Is Not Your Friend.” In the article, Snowden made some pretty incredible claims about the CIA:

Within a year [of its founding], the young agency had already slipped the leash of its intended role of intelligence collection and analysis to establish a covert operations division. Within a decade, the CIA was directing the coverage of American news organizations, overthrowing democratically elected governments (at times merely to benefit a favored corporation), establishing propaganda outfits to manipulate public sentiment, launching a long-running series of mind-control experiments on unwitting human subjects (purportedly contributing to the creation of the Unabomber), and — gasp — interfering with foreign elections. From there, it was a short hop to wiretapping journalists and compiling files on Americans who opposed its wars.

What nonsense! How dare he! That’s slander! That’s totally defamatory! (None of it’s true, is it?)

There were a lot of ways the Snowden disclosures could’ve been prevented. Our intelligence agencies could have, for example, simply refrained from spying on Americans. Then there would have been nothing for Snowden to reveal.

Or, as another totally random example, they could stop doing stuff like helping political parties manufacture fake dossiers against sitting presidents and blaming everything on Russia.

I’m just saying. A smidgen of self-restraint. And a crumb of morality. That’s all we’re asking for.

🔥 The Epoch Times reported on some developments in the Biden Raid case. Although blocked by the 11th Circuit from viewing the classified materials, Judge Dearie has been issuing orders and trying to do his job the best he can.

Judge Dearie has agreed the DOJ should provides copies of everything to Trump’s legal team. He entered a confidentiality order, requiring Trump’s lawyers and professionals to keep private the copies of what was seized. The DOJ wanted the names of everyone who’d be viewing the material, which sounds sinister, but was probably more because they want to be able to enforce leaks.

Given the political stakes, Judge Dearie refused to make Trump’s team list the names of reviewers, which was the right call. Having served on the FISA court, Judge Dearie knows full well just how easy it is for the government to listen in on someone’s calls and read their emails.

Another order required the DOJ to swear in an affidavit that everything they told the court so far is complete and true. This obviously isn’t Judge Dearie’s first rodeo with the government. The order resulted in the DOJ “updating” its list to add 64 new documents that weren’t previously disclosed. It also removed a handful of items (a couple magazines and empty file folders).

Uh huh.

Finally, in a darkly hilarious development, Judge Dearie had to move back the deadline for the DOJ to scan all the documents for turnover, because out of six scanning vendors the DOJ and Trump’s team contacted, only ONE returned their phone calls. Of the other five, only one even bothered to say, “no thanks.”

The rest were like “oh no, nuh-uhn, nope.”

I guess the one remaining scanner can now name its price. They’d better budget in enough to cover all the media harassment they are going to get.

🔥 Is President Trump reading Coffee & Covid? Last week on Thursday (September 22), President Trump told Sean Hannity that as president he has broad declassification powers, and he said stuff that was right out of that morning’s C&C post.

Here’s what Trump said: “Different people say different things but as I understand it, if you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying it’s declassified, even by thinking about it.”

Trump explained, “because you’re sending it to Mar-a-Lago or wherever you’re sending it. There doesn’t have to be a process. There can be a process, but there doesn’t have to be.” Trump continued, “you’re the president … you make that decision.”

Now here’s what I posted on the morning of the same day, September 22:

My reading of the applicable law is that Trump needn’t do anything at all to declassify a document. In my view, all he has to do is DECIDE, and then act in conformity with that decision. So, I believe that if President Trump moves a classified document twelve inches, say moving it one foot out of the secured area into the common area, that’s all he has to do to declassify.

Taking the documents to Mar-a-Lago is an act in conformity with his decision to declassify. To me, it’s that easy.

Compare them. Our summaries are eerily similar. Or, maybe we were just on the same wavelength last Thursday. What do you guys think?

🔥 Giving you an idea where we’re at these days, when a group of Brazilian cross fitters ran past a sidewalk restaurant yesterday, it caused a panic:

With the way things have been for two years, can you blame them? They were like, that’s good enough for me, we’re out of here.

🔥 Yesterday, NASA completed a mission to ram a fabulously expensive spacecraft right into a football-stadium-sized asteroid named Dimorphos.

Is it just me, or does that asteroid look like a computer model of a lump of cement? Plus, right before impact, I could swear I saw part of Hilary’s email server in there. Weird.

🌪️ For those of you outside Florida, I’m sure you’ll be flooded with dramatic Hurricane Ian storm images all week, but here are a couple of early ones.

The new projections now show the storm making a right turn and driving right up the middle of Florida:

Coffee & Covid and its author are located right in northern part of the expected path. The good news for me is, by the time it gets to my part of the state, it will have degraded into a tropical storm. Still, we could expect power problems, flooding, trees down, and so forth.

As of last night, storm surge was already affecting Miami — on the other side of the state:

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Water is already overwhelming storm drains in Downtown Miami. #Ian

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With two days left to go, there is still a lot that could happen. But folks in west Florida should be focusing on prep at this point.

For all you new Floridians, welcome to your first hurricane! With all the water, you might get to meet your first alligator, too.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and good luck with your Hurricane hoarding! I’ll be back tomorrow with more.

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Doctor Turns Against Messenger RNA COVID-19 Vaccines, Calls for Global Pause

Source: Doctor Turns Against Messenger RNA COVID-19 Vaccines, Calls for Global Pause

By Zachary Stieber and Jan Jekielek
September 26, 2022 Updated: September 26, 2022

A doctor who promoted COVID-19 vaccines is now calling for health authorities around the world to pause administration of two of the most-widely utilized COVID-19 vaccines, asserting that the benefits from the vaccines may not outweigh the risks.

“There is more than enough evidence—I would say the evidence is overwhelming—to pause the rollout of the vaccine,” Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a British cardiologist and evidence-based medicine expert, told The Epoch Times.

A paper from Malhotra was published on Sept. 26 detailing the evidence.

Among the citations is a recent reanalysis of the Pfizer and Moderna clinical trials that concluded vaccinated trial participants were at higher risk of serious adverse events. Malhotra called the study a “smoking gun.”

Malhotra also pointed to the lack of reduction in mortality or severe disease in the trials, which were completed in 2020.

Taking into account death rates and other figures since then, the number of people who need to be vaccinated to prevent a single COVID-19 death ranges from 93,000 for people aged 18 to 29 to 230 for people aged 80 and above, according to an analysis of UK safety and effectiveness data by the Health Advisory & Recovery Team.

The author also noted that serious side effects have been detected after the trials, such as myocarditis, a form of heart inflammation.

Overall, looking at the absolute benefits and drawbacks of the vaccines, it’s time to halt their usage and allow authorities and other experts to closely examine the data to see if the vaccines should be used again down the road, according to Malhotra.

The paper was published in the Journal of Insulin Resistance in two parts following peer review.

Pfizer and Moderna did not return requests for comment.

Reversal

Malhotra received the Pfizer primary series in January 2021. He became a promoter of the vaccine, even appearing on “Good Morning Britain” to advise Indian film director Gurinder Chadha to get the shot. Chadha did so shortly after.

Malhotra said he began digging into vaccine data after his father, Dr. Kailash Chand, suffered a cardiac arrest at home approximately six months after receiving Pfizer’s vaccine.

The post-mortem showed two of Chand’s major arteries were severely blocked, even though Malhotra described his father as a fit person who did not have any significant heart problems.

Malhotra began reading about post-vaccination issues, including a study abstract in the journal Circulation that identified a higher risk of a heart attack following vaccination with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and a study from Nordic counties that identified a higher risk of myocarditis. While authorities have claimed that myocarditis is more common after COVID-19 than vaccination, many studies have found otherwise, at least for certain age groups. Some papers have found no increased incidence of heart inflammation for COVID-19 patients.

Malhotra has come to believe his father’s death was linked to the vaccine.

“I’ve always approached medicine and science with uncertainties because things constantly evolve. And the information I had at the time is completely different to the information I have now,” Malhotra told The Epoch Times. “And in fact, it is my duty and responsibility as the information has changed to act on that information. And that’s what I’m doing.”

Response to Criticism

After the new paper was published, critics noted that Malhotra is a board member of the Journal of Insulin Resistance.

Malhotra acknowledged the position but said that the article went through an independent peer review process and that he has no financial links to the journal.

The doctor encouraged people to view his publication history, which includes articles in the British Medical Journal and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

He said he chose to submit the paper to the insulin journal for several reasons, including it being “one of the few journals that doesn’t take money from the pharmaceutical industry.”

“I don’t think that there’s any validity to question the integrity of the piece,” he said. “People can argue I’ve got an intellectual bias. We all have intellectual biases, but there’s certainly no financial bias for me.”

Gains Support

Leading scientists say the new paper is important.

“We fully believe that vaccines are one of the great discoveries in medicine that has improved life expectancy dramatically, however, mRNA genetic vaccines are different, as long-term safety evaluation is lacking but mandatory to ensure public safety,” Sherif Sultan, president of the International Vascular Society, said in a statement, adding that the findings “raise concerns regarding vaccine-induced undetected severe cardiovascular side effects and underscore the established causal relationship between vaccines and myocarditis, a frequent cause of unexpected cardiac arrest in young individuals.”

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Stanford, added that Malhotra “makes a good case that there is considerable heterogeneity across age groups and other comorbid conditions in the expected benefits and expected side effect profiles of the vaccine” and “finds that while there may be a case for older people to take the vaccine because the benefits may outweigh expected harm that may not be the case for younger people.”

Dr. Campbell Murdoch, who advises the Royal College of General Practitioners, said that the study “describes multiple systemic failures in the provision of safe and effective evidence-based medicine,” and that the situation has made it “impossible for patients and the public to make an informed choice about what is best for their health and life.”

Some others criticized the paper, including Dr. Victoria Male, an immunologist at Imperial College London.

Male wrote on Twitter that the table in the paper outlining the number of people in each age group estimated to need a vaccination to prevent a COVID-19 death “is quite in favour of vaccination.”

Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
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Texas Democrats Paid Homeless Man to Falsify Ballots: Police Body Camera Footage

Source: Texas Democrats Paid Homeless Man to Falsify Ballots: Police Body Camera Footage

Barack Obama (center) and Deborah Peoples (right). Source: Deborah Peoples’ Facebook

Deborah Peoples is a former Tarrant County Democratic Party chair and two-time candidate for Fort Worth mayor.

After two runs for Fort Worth mayor, Deborah Peoples, 69, is ready for her next chapter as Tarrant County judge.

“I am this unique blend of corporate and community,” Peoples told the Forth Worth Report. “What I bring is not only my wealth of experience, but my ability to problem solve and my commitment to the citizens.”

She is challenging Republican Timothy O’Hare to succeed the retiring Glen Whitley as the highest elected official in Tarrant County.

But there’s one major problem.

Last week, The Gateway Pundit released police body camera footage that shows an officer talking to a homeless man named, Charles Jackson, a felon previously convicted of voter fraud in 2019, who claims Deborah Peoples and her associate Stuart Clegg paid him $200 for every ballot that he fraudulently acquired from elderly voters.

Furthermore, Jackson claims that he filled out ballots “five days a week” for “six months” and that Deborah and Stuart paid him on average “$900 to $1200 a week” in “cash” including “bonuses” and a “moped” for ballots that he voted “all Democrat.”

The footage was released last week, but the corporate media has been completely silent about the video, and Deborah Peoples hasn’t even put out a public statement in response

On May 3, 2019, presidential candidate Beto O’rourke joins a campaign rally in Forth Worth, Texas, for Deborah Peoples, who would lose her bid for Forth Worth mayor that year to Republican incumbent Betsy Price.
On election day, May 4, 2019, Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro walks door-to-door to campaign with mayoral candidate Deborah Peoples.
In 2019, Charles Nathan Jackson, 51, was sentenced to 10 days in jail in a plea deal reached with prosecutors. Jackson was accused of providing false information, specifically the signature of a voter, on an application for an early voting ballot in January 2016. Source: Star-Telegram

Link to the full 11-minute video of Charles Jackson and the police officer talking on January 3, 2020. It was obtained through an open records request courtesy of The Gateway Pundit.

JACKSON: “Each time I get someone to sign they gave me $200.”

OFFICER: “To sign the absentee ballot?”

JACKSON: “Yeah, but that wasn’t easy though, those people were 65 and older you know.”

OFFICER: “How many people you get to sign?”

JACKSON: “One day I got like $1200 in like four hours.”

OFFICER: “Did you fill out anything or did you have them fill it out?”

JACKSON: “No, I filled it out while I was talking to them, and then I switched it around, and let them sign it.”

OFFICER: “So you voted everyone for them?”

JACKSON: “Yeah, yeah pretty much. You know once you vote one just vote all Democrat… and they wasn’t intending to do that.”

About - Democrat Deborah Peoples for Tarrant County Judge
Sen. Kamala Harris spoke with Deborah Peoples, then Tarrant County Democratic Party chair, during an event in Grapevine, Texas, in March 2019.

OFFICER: “How would you get them to sign?”

JACKSON: “I was told to tell them we were just making sure what we got in the system is correct. And they already had the information; they had their name, their kids name, or how old they was, their birthday, their phone number. I would say is this information correct? They said yeah and I said well sign if it’s correct. Once they signed then they voted.”

OFFICER: “So was that paper ballot or on the computer?”

JACKSON: “Both. Tablet was in my hand and I had paper as well.”

OFFICER: “So then you would take it back to?”

JACKSON: “Stuart Clegg and Deborah Peoples. She was the district Chair for Democratic headquarters.”

OFFICER: “How much money did you make?”

JACKSON: “I did it for like six months man. I had gotten a room at the Echo. Stayed up there for six months… Every day I got someone to sign you know.”

OFFICER: “So in six months’ time how much do you think roughly?”

JACKSON: “I’d say on average at least $900 or $1200 a week. Five days a week.”


On October 10, 2018, a grand jury indicted Leticia Sanchez, Leticia Sanchez Tepichin, Maria Solis, and Laura Parra on a cumulative 30 felony counts of voter fraud following an investigation by Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office. “The defendants were members of an organized voter fraud ring and were paid to target elderly voters in certain northern Fort Worth precincts in a scheme to generate large numbers of mail ballots, then harvest those ballots for specific candidates,” NBC DFW reported. “When ballots were mailed out by election offices, the fraudsters attempted either to intercept the ballots or to ‘assist’ elderly voters in voting their ballots to ensure votes were cast for the fraudsters’ choice.” Source: DailyWire

In court documents, state prosecutors alleged former Tarrant County Democratic Party executive director Stuart Clegg funneled money to Leticia Sanchez, one of four paid campaign workers arrested and charged with submitting false and forged mail-ballot requests in an organized criminal voter fraud scheme.

When Sanchez learned that state police investigators were interviewing members of her “vote harvesting group,” she directed Tepichin to send a text message to the crew “conveying a message from Sanchez and Stuart Clegg to not cooperate with investigators,” the notice states.

The message, sent in Spanish, translated stated: “Hello, there is a group of malicious people investigating our work. We have been told by our boss, Mr. Stuart, that we should not give any information. Just give them the phone number of the lawyer who is in charge of this matter. If anyone has contacted you, asked any type of questions, please tell us immediately so we can let the lawyer know,” according to the Star-Telegram.

Clegg was never charged for a crime.


OFFICER: “Would they pay you cash?”

JACKSON: “Cash.”

OFFICER: “So who would actually give you the cash?”

JACKSON: “Stuart. Deborah gave me cash too. Stuart gave me cash. Rubin gave me cash. Then they gave me bonuses and they bought me a moped.”

OFFICER: “How’d you meet them?”

JACKSON: “I was on Race street and they had a rake and a shovel and I was going and trying to find work. You know how the grass grows on the sidewalks. So I done that you know [inaudible]. You can come back tomorrow and do my flowers. Well, I done that too you know. Well, you can come by tomorrow.”

OFFICER: “Who was saying this to you?”

JACKSON: “Deborah Peoples. And then she called Stuart Clegg to come over and said he’s a good worker you know. He said hey man come on and help me put these signs out. So I start putting signs out and then I start working the polls and then I start doing a lot of things.”

Jackson told the police officer that he was initially “bailed out by Stuart Clegg” and placed under a “gag order”, and that he was later sentenced to ten days in prison for voter fraud.

At the time, news coverage claimed there was no evidence that Jackson’s case was related to the indictment of the four women: Leticia Sanchez, Leticia Sanchez Tepichin, Maria Solis, and Laura Parra, but this newly released footage indicates that Jackson was also being paid by Stuart Clegg, and furthermore, that he was also being paid by, Deborah Peoples, the current Democratic nominee for the highest elected position in the 15th most populous county in the United States.

Last Friday, the Tarrant County Republican Party released a statement that calls for an investigation into the matter saying, “In the video, the individual explained to a police officer that Ms. Peoples directed him to target the elderly, steal their votes, and harvest those votes for specific candidates in the 2016 election.”

Timothy O’Hare is the Republican nominee for Tarrant County judge.

With less than 45-days to go until the election, let’s help Mr. O’Hare, the Tarrant County GOP, and the entire country bring attention to the fact that, Charles Jackson, a felon previously convicted of voter fraud, accused Deborah Peoples and Stuart Clegg of paying him “$200 in cash” for “six months” for every ballot that he fraudulently acquired from elderly voters — and Deborah Peoples is still the current Democratic nominee for Tarrant County judge.

Rumble link to the highlights or full video — YouTube highlights below:

If you would like to take action — please consider sharing this article and video — contacting the Tarrant County election office at 817-831-VOTE or filing a complaint with the Texas Secretary of State citing the illegality of vote harvesting in Texas Election Code 276.012:

https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/complaintform-sos.pdf

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Upgrading election management system approved – Daily News

Most precincts in the US have 2000 – 5000 voters.  Assume you have 30 poll workers.  If you have a Dem and Rep together counting votes, that’s  333 ballots per team. How long can it take to count votes: 2 hrs max is my calc. mrossol

Source: Upgrading election management system approved – Daily News

By Grayson Sewell

gsewell@conleynet.com 262-306-5043

WASHINGTON COUNTY — The Washington County Executive Committee voted to upgrade the county’s election management system, and to do a full recount of select state and federal elections, during their meeting on Wednesday.

“What we’re looking at doing is beginning to program all of our elections here, in-house, rather than contracting with [Dominion Voting Systems] as we have in the past,” said Washington County Clerk Ashley Reichert.

According to Reichert, her predecessor had previously programmed the election machines used by the county in-house, until April of 2016 when they had decided to switch to Dominion voting machines and contract the work out through Dominion.

Currently, the county has the “lite” version of the software used for the voting machines, and would need to pay for upgrading to the full version so they can start programming the machines in-house again. The county will be able to use the same voting machines with the full version of the program.

“It’s the same software, it’s just a program that gives me the capability of inputting all of the data that I compile already,” said Reichert. “Then I’m able to actually put it all together and finalize it all rather than having Dominion do so.”

The cost of upgrading the software and training staff is estimated to be up to $75,000, according to the committee report.

Reichert said this will also lead to ongoing expenses for the county for increased fees, but they will be included in her budget moving forward and would go through a budget amendment in the future.

According to Reichert, one of the fee increases is $11,000 more than the county currently pays. The other is for $20,000 for training and support in programming as they switch to doing it in-house, but it will only be for a year or so.

“I think this is something that Ashley should be commended for. I think anything we can do to pull things away from Dominion and have more control, and Ashley, who I think does a phenomenal job, to be able to have her hands on it, is a positive,” said County Executive Josh Schoemann.

 

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“I’d like to also echo those same comments. I think we need to make our public aware that we’re bringing so much more of this control in-house, inside the county,” said County Supervisor Caroll Merry.

The committee voted unanimously to approve the use of up to $75,000 in strategic priority funds to upgrade the county’s election system management software.

The committee then voted on doing a full recount by hand of the governor, lieutenant governor and U.S. senator elections in the general election on Nov. 8.

According to Reichert, the county audits every election held, by choice.

Normally, the county will randomly select two reporting units in the county and then hand-count the ballots in two of the races in the election and compare the results with the voting machine tabulations.

“What we are suggesting doing for the 2022 general election is hand-counting the entire county as a part of an audit doing the top state race and the top federal race, which would be governor, lieutenant governor and then the U.S. Senate race, and hand-counting all of those,” said Reichert.

According to Reichert, the expense of the recount is up to $50,000, and would be paid for by the county and not the individual municipalities. The funding would come out of the strategic priority fund.

She added that she doesn’t believe the recount would cost the full $50,000, as in 2016 the full recount cost roughly $36,000.

“Here again, I think we need to commend the clerk’s office for taking a step forward on this,” said Merry. “Just another effort to reassure the voters of Washington County that we’re trying to stay ahead of any potential fraud.”

He added that it is important to show that Washington County is doing everything they can to ensure voter integrity.

“We take voter integrity, election integrity, seriously,” added County Supervisor Jodi Schulteis.

The committee voted unanimously to approve the use of up to $50,000 in strategic priority funds to be used for a full recount of the governor, lieutenant governor and U.S. Senate races by hand.

County Supervisor Chris Bossert recused himself from discussion and voting on the hand recount matter, because he is a poll worker for West Bend.

The Executive Committee’s next meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Oct. 19 in the Herbert J. Tennies Government Center, and it will be live streamed on the county’s YouTube channel.

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