Citizens in Anoka County began speaking with their commissioners prior to commissioner board meetings in 2022 although their group started up in late summer of 2021. In 2023, because of their consistency, a public comment segment was added to the end of commissioner board meetings, but notably the county turns off their public video feed during this public comment time.
Even still, as of October 2023, 82 speeches have been given to the county commissioners, alerting them to the issues of electronic voting systems and the solutions available.
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County Commissioner Speeches
Most recent at top.
October 22, 2023
October 10, 2023
September 26, 2023
September 12, 2023
August 22, 2023
August 8, 2023
July 27, 2023
1) A report from hand counting in Big Lake on July 13, 2023 which made 50 participants feel as though they owned their elections again.
2) Request for hand counts of all elections for accuracy since PERs are not adequate.
3) Comment on PRT meeting: "Continue to find new ways to increase election integrity and transparency." It was asked if there was a plan to achieve this goal and after speech #5 Commissioner Reinert asked the staff to respond to this as yet unanswered question.
4) A postcard presented with 6-point goals to election reform - "A recipe for secure and transparent homegrown elections" (1 - secured election judge data; 2 - verified registered voters; 3 - validated paper ballots; 4 - paper pollbooks; 5 - hand counted paper ballots; 6 - small, manageable precincts
5) Since fraud permeates society, why wouldn't it be in elections too? Emphasizing 6 points in speech #5 From former Minneapolis 3rd precinct police officer
July 11, 2023
These 5 speeches began with a comment on new legislation—"I think these 2 new laws are proof that ACEIT was right all along"—and then shifted to electronic poll pads and their underlying software which can facilitate fraud at scale by manipulating the registration database.
June 27, 2023
- The story of hand counting in decades past.
2. A request for hand counting in the upcoming school and city elections.
3. Comparison of 2022 post election review with the number of ballots expected in upcoming school and city elections.
4. A proposed flow chart to bring elections to the county and precinct level, to eliminate NGO and outside influence.
5. Questions about the mandated electronic voting equipment (new law in MN) and the chose (by omission) of commissioners in Anoka to cede control of elections to the state.
June 13, 2023
- Steve summarized Tim Z's data comparing the 2018 to the 2022 midterms.
2. Derek recapped Mark Cook's video conference which was attended by Chairman Look and Commissioner Reinert—Commissioner Reinert said he would follow up with Mark about securing Anoka's equipment.
3. Brenda spoke about the election ecosystem, a part of Mark Cook's video presentation: voter registration, voter validation, tabulation, and reporting. Elections used to be controlled by the county and precinct level, but have now become centralized at the state and corporate level. A request was made to return to the decentralized approach of the past.
4. Sue elaborated on Mark Cook's recommendations. Eliminating networked electronics, cleaning up the voter rolls, auditing the registrations, fixed signature verification, ballots secured by live video, to name a few.
5. Chan brought questions the county can ask its vendor: 1) How to design a true performance accuracy test? 2) How to prove the modems are disabled when not used to transmit results? 3) How and where to maintain source code for all systems? (For independent party to look at under a NDA? MN does require SOS to maintain source code.) 4) How can an audit be done immediately after the election instead of with a time lag?
May 23, 2023
May 9, 2023
A meeting with Mark Cook is discussed before open forum begins.
Davin Memo - new state election laws
April 25, 2023
Two commissioners agree to meet with Mark Cook.
April 11, 2023
March 28, 2023
March 14, 2023
February 28, 2023
Linwood Township Board Meetings
October 11, 2022
September 27, 2022
Township clerk confirms automatic availability of cast vote records (in first 12 seconds of video) and says she is in favor of hand counting.