Election “Meddling” Interference: Can it be Stopped BEFORE Upcoming Midterms

QUESTION: “Is it true that Soros has ownership of our voting machines… does anyone know?”

Compiled by Ann Rose Laurence

“ELECTION MEDDLING” — CONCERNS SHOULD ACTUALLY FOCUS MORE ON — FACEBOOK, TWITTER, ETC. MONITORING SOCIAL POSTS, DELETIONS, AND SHADOW BANNING!!!

Election “meddling”: why the terminology matters, Published on July 19, 2018

Technology for Election Administration– Creator of PenVote–innovative voting system –CERA certified election admin

Much has been made recently of the Russians “meddling” in the 2016 (and other) elections. The alarm bells are sounding and all across the county states and localities are beefing up their security over fears of more meddling.

However, some exactness here matters. The terms “meddling” is not exactly clear. It covers a wide range of activities that could range from simply trying to “influence” the election to actual hacking or changing vote totals. Therefore, instead of simply repeating the “meddling” meme, let’s try to get some order in to what the threats are or could be.
In over 20 years of working in election administration it is rare that anyone in journalism writes with any knowledge of elections. Much the same can be said of politicians. Since they arrive at their positions via election administration, they feel the understand it. That is wrong. That would be like arguing that since you arrived by a Boeing 737 that you are magically as skilled as the pilot!

So let’s go through this nice and slow so it will make some sense. For those of you that are election administrators much of this will be already understood. But for those that aren’t it might prove useful.

The terms “meddling” is not exactly clear. It covers a wide range of activities that could range from simply trying to “influence” the election to actual hacking or changing vote totals.

We must keep in mind that the two main components of most elections systems consist of voter registration databases and voting machines (and tallying software). These are two separate systems that don’t directly “connect”. We can consider the topic of electronic pollbooks as well here. [2]

The above article was found when a friend had tagged me to a posting — questioning George Soros involved in election machines. ….. I will provide my findings given to my tag: ….. QUESTION: “Is it true that Soros has ownership of our voting machines… does anyone know?”

Soros operative buys an Election Firm: Smartmatic, SGO, Malloch-Brown

SMARTMATIC from Venezuela — Politifact, Snopes, and Media Matters (David Brock, HRC’s buddy) — have all denied George Soros’ having voting machines. — There was a UTAH incidence with Smartmatic voting machines (in 2016) .   Smartmatic, the troubled Venezuelan-linked voting company recent partnered up (late 2014) with a firm called SGO. SGO is headed up by one Lord Mark Malloch-Brown. Brown, as it turns out, is a rather curious and troubling figure. Brown, you should know, has close ties to George Soros and rents a Soros owned house in New York. Brown gets a sweetheart deal at only $10,000 a month. He also serves as the VP of Soros’ hedge fund the Quantum Fund. [3]

—– and Smartmatic voting machine reference article RE: UTAH is [reference 46] ….. “Estonian internet voting software used in Utah Republican caucus”. Estonian World. 2016-04-14. Retrieved 2017-01-30. [4]

Within the LinkedIn article — references SGO — and here it is — with Smartmatic voting being one of four main programs (link and screenshot) … [5]

SGO — opening up “MORE” on the Smartmatic program …. (Smartmatic and Evote)

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WRITER OF LINKEDIN ARTICLE — CJ Wilson (link and screenshot)

Technology for Election Administration– Creator of PenVote–innovative voting system –CERA certified election admin [6]

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HP, Anoto and the SPROUT Workstation–what it all means.

ARTICLE BY CJ WILSON (link and screenshot) … July 14, 2015 article — (#2 states unable to come to US — ran afoul of CIFUS — would have to research this further IF ANY updates) —- By comparison let’s look at what Anoto left on the table. Penvote tried to get Anoto to think about using their pens for elections. They simply wouldn’t take it seriously (despite whatever they said or still say). Take just one US county: Franklin County Ohio. We have nearly 1,000,000 voters and about 800 polling locations. In each polling location it would make sense to have about 6 pens. That would be 4,800 pens to conduct elections in one county. The US has over 3000 counties! While Franklin is a top 40 US county, you can still do the math.

You might insist that Anoto is interested in elections. After all, they signed an exclusive agreement with Smartmatic, a large international voting firm.

No automatic alt text available.There are two fundamental problems with this:

1. Smartmatic has not produced a voting product based on digital pens, nor are they likely to. Their chairman, socialist Lord Malloch-Brown, wants Internet voting systems, not paper based systems.

2. Smartmatic can’t do business in the US. They tried to do this before but ran afoul of the Federal Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CIFUS). They didn’t want to undergo that investigation in the past, and won’t do it now. They can say they can come to the US, but they can’t. [7]

Besides Smartmatic and SGO — these (indicated) companies have to be checked out:

Anoto, Smartmatic and digital pen voting

December 2, 2014 — What is going on at Anoto is pretty much a mystery. There is always this idea that they are just a few weeks or months away from a big breakthrough. The fact is that this company has burned through money quarter after quarter with no real progress. It’s sad to see such a great technology mishandled and run straight into the ground. In the end, whoever does buy them needs to be sure to fire most of the people that work there now. That should be a given. But it is pure fantasy to believe that some great deal will come along and all will be bright and sunny with Anoto. It’s not going to happen.

I have my suspicions that the partner who was planning on purchasing the Business Solutions group was Myrian Capital of Dayton Ohio. If you follow their acquisitions you can see some trends developing. They were tied to an Anoto partner, Expedata (Dayton OH) early on. However, Expedata has changed their web site to Natural Forms apps, and that site has completely eliminated any mention of pens (as far as I can see). Myrian then becomes a major owner of XMS Penvision and blends the Natural Forms applications into the XMS Formidable product. Penvison also sells a Cloud based version of NaturalForms. The big change for that is that they offer BOTH a pen and tablet (screen) platform.

What has always seemed a bit strange is to make the case that they (Penvision, etc.) are just in the FORMS business, but not really wedded to the pen. Offering the same solution on phones or tablets has the effect of undermining the use of pens. In essence, the move to tablet forms processing (exclusively for Expedata) and in a big way for Penvision signals the decline of pen use. Next Myrian purchases Vision Objects and changes the name to Myscript. Myscript is the back end engine that processes the handwriting that comes out of the Anoto platform (and other pens and platforms as well). However, if you scour the Myscript website you don’t see much mention of Anoto pens there. Instead you see Myscript focuses on markets such as music and mathematics (i.e. writing on tablets and converting from there). Go to Myscript’s website and search the site for the term “Anoto” and nothing comes up!

Finally, in October 2014 we see that XMS Penvision announces they will integrate the pens from NeoLabs (the N2 pen) into the Formidable platform. That means Penvision will use another type of pen and underlying technology—i.e. Anoto is being squeezed out. Keep in mind that NeoLabs (of Korea) does not use the Anoto dot pattern. How well they do will remain to be seen, but clearly a new player is in the game. [8]

“ELECTION MEDDLING” — ACTUALLY CONCERNS SHOULD FOCUS MORE ON — FACEBOOK, TWITTER, ETC. MONITORING SOCIAL POSTS, DELETIONS, AND SHADOW BANNING!!!

BEING MINDFUL — this is mere small segment on Soros and Voting Machines — and the one article above shows just how many company names and changes there are — solely through Anoto and Smartmatic associations.

SOURCES:

[1] Ann Rose Laurence

[2] Linkedin – Election Meddling Why Terminology Matters

[3] Linkedin – Smartmatic

[4]  Wikipedia

[5]  SGO

[6]  LinkedIn – CJ Wilson

[7]  LinkedIn – HP, Anoto and the SPROUT Workstation

[8]  LinkedIn – Anoto, Smartmatic and digital pen voting