August 24th, 2012
Note: USWGO Exclusive Investigation into the barcode scandal regarding voters identities ties into ballots with the information of whom is being voted for confirmed in this article.
(USWGO) – Think your votes are really private in the state of Colorado when voting in the elections, the truth is a group called the Citizen Center discovered that every ballot had bar codes and that these bar codes may personally identify every voter in Colorado. What does this mean for privacy but before I go on further about that I decided to do a little digging to verify their claims and see how bad the privacy and Constitution violations really are in regards to voters rights.
First of all let’s examine the Colorado state Constitution in regards to the legality of barcodes that can decoded to where individual voters are identifiable along with whom they voted for.
Article 7/VII, Section 8. Elections by ballot or voting machine, Colorado Constitution:
All elections by the people shall be by ballot, and in case paper ballots are required to be used, no ballots shall be marked in any way whereby the ballot can be identified as the ballot of the person casting it. The election officers shall be sworn or affirmed not to inquire or disclose how any elector shall have voted. In all cases of contested election in which paper ballots are required to be used, the ballots cast may be counted and compared with the list of voters, and examined under such safeguards and regulations as may be provided by law. Nothing in this section, however, shall be construed to prevent the use of any machine or mechanical contrivance for the purpose of receiving and registering the votes cast at any election, provided that secrecy in voting is preserved.
There you have it the Colorado Constitution for the state ballot, cannot connect the identity of the voters in an election and whom they have voted for. There are many good reasons why it should never be public record of which voters voted for a certain candidate because of possible harassment, threats, being targeted by the President, judgments on those who vote that another person disagrees with, and some other reasons why the identity of a voter must remain secret and never tied to who they vote for. Similar to as what Wikipedia says that “The key aim is to ensure the voter records a sincere choice by forestalling attempts to influence the voter by intimidation or bribery. The system is one means of achieving the goal of political privacy.”
Even if the secret ballot clause is not in the U.S. Constitution, it is in many states and general voting ballots are suppose to be managed by the states instead of the Federal Government because this country all first started with the states voting and consenting to the creation of the Federal Government. It ensures the best democracy in elections as the Federal Government can decide everything about voting against the wishes of the people in certain regions while state voting ballots ensure that the people are more in control then some all powerful Federal Government running the lives of the people. The fact that states put in secret ballot clauses into either the state constitutions’ or general statutes makes people more comfortable to vote knowing that they won’t be intimidated, threatened, bribed, or coerced to voting for a certain candidate instead of conscience voting. If the secret service, FBI, CIA, or any government agency can easily find out whom the person voted for then they can create profiles on people like for example Ron Paul voters, Virgil Goode voters, or even third party candidate voters then use the patriot act and NDAA to secretly make people disappear due to whom they voted for which is of great concern.
Now here is my investigation into the claims of the Citizen Center of Colorado to see if they were dead on, and I found out they were not just by reading the court records of Citizen Center v. Gessler, et al (2012), but also by analyzing the sample republican ballot PDF document(USWGO Archived file 08-23-2012) that was stored on the Chaffee County Clerk’s website. I saw no Data Matrix code on it because those are on the ballot stubs but the Independent USWGO Investigation will concentrate on the three UPC symbols on the ballot documents also known as barcode symbols. By using the infamous Barcode Director a free trial software that is costly to purchase but is free to use for thirty days, I discovered the numbers of three of the barcodes were as follows 0823031130, 000000293159, and 12000010100205. Even though these are sample numbers it proves the credibility of Citizen Center’s own investigation report to the court that they found that the numbers from ballot documents can be linked directly to the voters themselves and here is why.
Image screenshot of Court Document pdf cited as Case 1:12-cv-00370-CMA-MJW Document 100-10 Filed 08/17/12 USDC Colorado Page 11 of 35:
First identifier shows the Ballot Identifier Code(sheet id, ballot type, precinct id, page number, language id, party id, 2 check characters), 2nd Identifier shows the Election ID(election ld, BN version #, two check characters), and the Serial Number of the ballot. Barcode director reveals that the type of barcodes used is the “Interleaved 2 of 5″ standard barcode protocol. I confirmed this by typing in the same identifier numbers to a barcode generator which created the same barcode as the one in the sample ballot pdf document. This confirms that the 2012 ballots are all made digitally likely using batch software then the barcodes are added for identification of each voter using their Election ID that was received after registering to vote, then the ballots are mailed out to every citizen in Colorado through the county election boards or councils. First of all under the Colorado Constitution it is unconstitutional for government employees to inquire the identities of the voters which is clearly the discovered purpose of one of the barcodes that the identities of each voting ballot be kept secret and that the only way to make sure there is no voter fraud is by comparing the ballots with the list of voters “and examined under such safeguards and regulations as may be provided by law.” These barcodes can easily be decoded using Barcode Director, OnBarcode.com Free Interleaved 2 of 5 Scanner, online barcode scanners and decoders, and any other barcode scanner/decoder/reader available on the market today whether acquired legally or by pirated software, this makes it very easy to identify the voters by getting the ballot records through public records law then use the barcode reading software to get the numbers, then put in a request to find out who is registered to vote and what their election ID numbers are. Then people can build profiles on every voter, whom they voted for every election, and use this information for whatever selfish and for whatever evil purpose. Political candidates can use this as a easy way to make sure their supporters stay loyal in the elections and even influence the other voters to change their voting habits or even not vote at all. This investigation doesn’t even cover what the Data Matrix barcodes contain.
ActivistPost even revealed that “Smartphone apps for the Obama For America and Mitt’s VP are data mining with the use of software. The app user’s name, address, home phone number, and Facebook information is given over during the account process and turned over by the app software.”
If this is not a serious violation of the secret ballot voting clause in the Colorado Constitution, then let’s review a case listed in LexisNexis, Colo. Const. Art. VII, Section 8(2012).
The phrase “secrecy in voting” protects from public disclosure the identity of an individual voter and any content of the voter’s ballot that could identify the voter. Marks v. Koch, — P.3d — (Colo. App. 2011).
To the extent digital copies of paper ballots do not reveal a particular voter’s identity, permitting the right to inspect the copies under the Colorado Open Records Act would not be contrary to the “secrecy in voting” provision of this section. Marks v. Koch, — P.3d — (Colo. App. 2011).
The barcodes however are meant to be used under identification purposes, even if the identities are kept in closely guarded facilities under lock and key, under the Patriot Act the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency can send a National Security Letter (NSL) to a state archive where the polling ballot records are kept and demand those records be transferred to them while being gag ordered by that same letter, then a government agency can start connecting the barcodes to the individual voters then build profiles on them which can be used against them at a later date using the DHS approved Fusion Centers that even have records on alternative media websites.
What does this mean, Ron Paul supporters being targeted, Virgil Goode supporters as well, any supporters that don’t vote along with the two-party established voting system where both the Republican Party and Democrat party hog and monopolize the power of the Mainstream media voting statistics and ballots in all state elections for decades.
As I’ve investigated the Rockingham County, Virginia sample voting ballot document pdf(USWGO Archived file 08-24-2012), it showed there being no barcodes and no identifiers on those ballot papers. So other states don’t normally put a bar code to identify the voters, then this may be a plot to have the identities of voters for the purpose of inquiry by Homeland Security and other government departments and/or candidate campaigns wanting to know.
Also ActivistPost quoted from the same article as linked above, found that “The Election Protection Smartphone App has made data mining easier with direct access to “information and resources” just in time for the 2012 elections. With the app, a user can verify:”
• Where the voter registered
• Where they voted
• Key rules and regulations for their state
• What type of machine the voter used
Will this discourage the Colorado citizens from voting in the future elections and even cause chilling effects of voter turnout? in a way it will once the Black Panther party starts intimidating republican voters to vote for Barack Obama, and other hate groups start showing up at the voting polls to ask people why they voted for a certain candidate and demand that they change their vote or risk getting killed. Even though both sides are really the same and are proven to be pawns of the Bilderberg Group, this will greatly hurt and affect the third party candidates chance of success as being able to link voters to the candidates that they voted for will scare some people away from voting third party.