Just Saying: Presidential Debate Number Three….Ready, Set, Go!!!


Well, I watched some of the third presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton last night. Now, I must comment on the idea that our election system is rigged. It is not. Your vote will be counted and counted accurately. I urge every eligible voter to cast a ballot!

After many years of being a lonely Republican working in the office of a Democratic Secretary State, including during both the Franken-Coleman and Emmer-Dayton recounts, I have personally witnessed the dedication to vote counting accuracy of our state’s election officials. Voter fraud is rare, looked for and when found prosecuted.

Elections in Minnesota are run by county election officials. Saying that state or national leaders are rigging an election at the ballot box, is not accusing those leaders of election fraud…but, your friends, neighbors and relatives that are your local election officials.

For the election system to be rigged there would have to be a coordinated conspiracy of all the federal, state and local election officials, judges, poll workers and poll watchers of both political parties. They would all have to commit felonies to participate in such a fraud knowing that anyone one person could take down their whole scheme at any time and send them all to jail. Keeping that many human beings from gossiping and not playing the “hero” by telling the “truth” is as likely a scenario as growing yourself a second head.

Our election system is designed to be transparent and is governed by law. If you are concerned about the honesty of the system, become an election judge. If you have missed that deadline for this upcoming election, be a poll watcher. I have always believed that darkness disappears when exposed to the light. I strongly urge you to be a light and participate.

While I will not argue that there is bias in the media, and that can indeed influence voters. Minnesota voters do not have to fear that their vote will not be counted or that they will be harassed at their polling place by candidates, their supporters or political parties.By law campaigning on Election Day has to be kept a mandated physical distance from polling places. Minnesota State election law mandates that each precinct must have a Republican and Democratic election judge present at all times on Election Day. In addition, our state requires post-election audits for the accuracy of election ballot counting machines. Machine counts are cross-checked with actual paper ballots in randomly selected precincts to ensure that the machines counted each ballot accurately. And, there are numerous procedures for elections judges to follow to make sure that our elections are accurate.

Should any voter feel intimated by another person at a polling location, they should immediately seek out the election judge and file and sign a complaint.

Minnesotans can rest assured in the accuracy of our elections because our state has a paper trail….paper ballots. I may not have always agreed with my former boss, the former Democratic Secretary of State, on many things, and over the many years that I worked for him, we certainly did have a healthy exchange of ideas from time to time. However, I did agree wholeheartedly with him that voting must always be on paper ballots. He and I, even back then, understood the dangers of being hacked.

As an example, prior to 2008, a foreign government tried to hack into the business services side of the Secretary of State online business services system. Foreign government’s hacking our nation’s computers is nothing new and all of this nonsense about the Russian’s hacking our systems now to wreak havoc on this election is nonsense…just a another political ploy. Hackers, whether government sponsored or not, have been and are always trying to breach computer security and steal data and information. Frankly, I would be more shocked if they weren’t doing it.

Cyber security is a constant battle and expense for both government and industry. The goal is to always stay one step ahead of hackers. Anyone that says that spying on our government through breaches in computer security is somehow a new policy of any adversarial country, including Russia, is either completely out of touch with reality or lying to suit their own purposes.

Any perceived threat to our election process or society by Trump’s refusal to answer whether or not he’d accept election results pales in comparison to the real threat to our national security made when Hillary blurted out our nation’s nuclear weapons launch response time to millions of people from all over the world during last night’s debate.

After seeing this morning’s media top headlines and listening to the talking heads rant about Donald Trump’s refusal to say whether or not he would accept the election results, I have concluded two things…the media really does have its head up Hillary’s ass and

Ms.Clinton does not have the mental or moral ability to understand that classified information is to be protected and kept secret.

So now Russia and our nation’s other enemies can quit focusing on hacking her and her campaign’s computers and just work on beating that four minute launch time…ready…set…go!….just saying.


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