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San Mateo County’s Citizen Advocate, Brent Turner.

by Michael G. Stogner

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I’ve always said that Brent Tuner of San Mateo County, California is a Citizen Advocate. Here you will see some others agree with me. When you vote don’t forget Brent has been warning you for many, many Years,

“It’s the Software.”

Recently he asked San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum to resign from Verified Voting an advisory board just like two others who resigned for ethical reasons. Supervisor Slocum ignored the request.

Turner asking Slocum to resign article

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Citizen Advocate Brent Turner Petition to remove Dr. Scott Morrow.

By Michael G. Stogner

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If any San Mateo County Residents have asked/wondered how did the San Mateo County Coast Beaches Close on July 3-6 2020. The simple answer is Brent Turner and two Mayors and about 100 phones calls, e-mails etc. His concern has remained consistent every single day Protect the Residents of San Mateo County.

Now Mr. Turner has started a Petition for the same reason, He is unable to find any elected official to take charge to protect the Residents of San Mateo County.

Petition to remove Dr. Scott Morrow & HMB City Manager

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SMC COVID-19 Positivity Rate 29.3%

By Michael G. Stogner

This screenshot is from the County Website at 7:45 AM today the data is for July 14, 2020.

Positivity Rate is 29.3% out of 41 Tested. Remember it’s supposed to be 1500 tested per day. I’m sure I could be reading/interpreting the numbers the wrong way.

What do you see?

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The black box from above.

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July 15, 2020 82 new cases.

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San Mateo County Beaches Closed 4th of July. Gov. Newsom closes Parking Lots.

By Michael G. Stogner

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Governor Gavin Newsom announced this morning that all Parking facilities at state beaches on the San Mateo County Coastline will be closed for the July 4 weekend. Local leaders are expected to close all SMC beaches and Gov. Newsom has stated he will close state beaches in Counties closing local beaches.

No Parking equals No Beaches

If you don’t live on the coast Stay Away, Stay Home, Protect the residents that do.

If you see Brent Turner make sure you tell him Thank You. A perfect example of one single person can make a difference.

Same goes for Pacifica Mayor Deidre Martin a true elected Leader.

From County Manager Mike Callagy to me this AM. “So like Dr. Scott Morrow has said, assume everyone you come in contact with and everything you touch outside your home is infected and use the precautions listed to prevent yourself from becoming ill.

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Supervisor Warren Slocum asked to Resign from Verified Voting. Why does he have to be asked?

By Michael G. Stogner
In the last month Verified Voting has had 2 Advisory Board Members (Whistleblowers) Resign. The question I have is why haven’t the other 45 members done the same?
Community election reform activist Brent Turner has been warning San Mateo County and the USA  about the vulnerabilities surrounding election systems. For the past six months Turner has publicly requested Supervisor Slocum step down due to a conflict of interest as Slocum sits on the board of Verified Voting. Turner has for years alleged Verified Voting had ” unclean hands” as a ” consumer watchdog ” as Verifed has business relationship with Microsoft and vendors. Turner originally became familiar with Verified Voting’s and Stanford professor David Dill from Dill’s ability to obtain Federal grant monies. Turner has alleged that Dill and his associates have blocked best election security efforts for personal gain. The following correspondence explains further.
Warren–
As citizens of San Mateo County we are embarrassed by your association with this apparently nefarious activity.

Please consider joining other Verified Voting board members in stepping down from this group.

Brent Turner

I would like to underscore and amplify Mr. Turner’s recent message by urging that all individuals who wish to maintain integrity in elections, who are in positions of leadership or affiliated with Verified Voting, should promptly resign. Before doing so, though, they should immediately move to have the VerifiedVoting.org organization dissolved and the Verified Voting Foundation removed from its 501(c)(3) status.

Everything that Mr. Turner has mentioned about the manner in which I and my company, Notable Software, Inc. were robbed of our share of the NSF ACCURATE grant, including by members of Verified Voting, despite the grantee’s continued and unauthorized use of my intellectual property, both in their funding application and in the naming of the Center, is true and well-documented. 

Please also note certain highlights of the recent Fast Company article, as follows:

Richard DeMillo <https://www.cc.gatech.edu/people/richard-demillo>, a Georgia Tech professor who sat on Verified Voting’s advisory board, and UC Berkeley statistics professor and associate dean Philip Stark <https://www.stat.berkeley.edu/~stark/>, a VV board member, have resigned from the advocacy group, stating that they believe that Verified Voting has been giving election officials false confidence in some voting machines and providing cover for the companies that make and sell these machines.

In DeMillo’s December 1 resignation letter to Barbara Simons (chair of VV’s board of directors), he claimed that “Verified Voting’s policy positions were unpredictable, contradictory, and not aligned with the values I once believed we shared. On more than one occasion, Verified Voting has taken contradictory public stances in the span of a few days, undercutting allies and supporters. The pattern of espousing new positions and making public statements that take local VV stakeholders by surprise is nothing new. Rather than seeking out advice, Verified Voting has gone to great lengths to avoid it.”

With respect to VV’s involvement in a Risk Limiting Audit (RLA) pilot in Georgia, DeMillo claimed that “Verified Voting’s seal of approval for the security theatrics in Bartow County undermines efforts to make elections more accountable. … No audit based on an untrustworthy audit trail can confirm the correctness of the outcome. Billing such an exercise as an RLA and touting it as a proof of security plays into the hands of cynics.”

Stark, who resigned on November 21, accused VV of being on the “wrong side” saying: “Our message to jurisdictions that buy poorly designed, insecure, universal-use BMD [ballot marking device systems] should be, ‘We tried to warn you. You need a better voting system’ … Instead, we’re saying, ‘Don’t worry: VV will teach you to sprinkle magic RLA dust and fantasies about parallel testing on your untrustworthy election. All will be fine; you can use our authority and reputation to silence your critics.'”  [End of Article Summary]

I personally worked side-by-side with some of the members of Verified Voting in the early years. It is to our collective credit, in part, that Voter Verified Paper Ballots (a concept that I promoted extensively, years prior to the formation of VV, and even prior to Bush v. Gore) are now considered the Gold Standard for elections.

Those of you who have, since then, endorsed technologies that promise to undercut the authenticity of these ballots, have put an indelible blemish on your formerly fine work. You should be ashamed of yourselves and embarrassed about what you are doing to endanger voting at this critical time in history, when it is likely that the Impeached US President will be running for re-election. Please leave your egos at the door and dissolve Verified Voting, as it is now as untrustworthy as some of the voting machines and methodologies you have encouraged for adoption. The World Is Watching.

With extreme sincerity,

Rebecca Mercuri, Ph.D.

 

December 1, 2019
Barbara Simons, Chair Verified Voting Board of Directors
Dear Barbara,
It is with profound regret that I resign from the VV Board of Advisors. When you invited me to join the board shortly after the 2016 elections, I agreed for three reasons. First, Verified Voting’s promise to promote policy positions that “are based on scientific evidence and understood best practices in election administration” offered hope in addressing a decade or more of willful neglect of those principles in Georgia. Second, I thought that lending my name to the organization would help in the fight to eliminate vulnerable, unauditable voting machines in Georgia and nationwide. Third, I understood that my voice would be joined with the voices of respected colleagues to be sought out, valued, and debated by the organization’s leadership. However, it soon became apparent that Verified Voting’s policy positions were unpredictable, contradictory, and not aligned with the values I once believed we shared. On more than one occasion, Verified Voting has taken contradictory public stances in the span of a few days, undercutting allies and supporters. The pattern of espousing new positions and making public statements that take local VV stakeholders by surprise is nothing new. Rather than seeking out advice, Verified Voting has gone to great lengths to
avoid it.
I have tried over the last two years to engage in dialog, but you, Marian, and her team have been unwilling to have face to face conversations, even when we are in the same city and sometimes the same building. These apparent disconnects have been seized upon and exploited in Georgia and other states to weaken, not enhance, the cause of accurate and verifiable elections. Although my concerns have been growing for some time now, Verified Voting’s involvement in a “pilot RLA” in Georgia following the recent election makes it impossible to continue as a member of the advisory board. VV issued and supported misleading public statements that those pilots confirm outcomes and even prove the security of new election systems. Verified Voting’s seal of approval for the security theatrics in Bartow County undermines efforts to make elections more accountable. This exercise conducted behind closed doors and billed as a practice run—even if flawlessly conducted—could only confirm the correctness of the tally of the unverified (and therefore possibly corrupted) ballots, not that the ballots tallied were correctly marked. No audit based on an untrustworthy audit trail can confirm the correctness of the outcome. Billing such an exercise as an RLA and touting it as a proof of security plays into the hands of cynics. Whatever benefits accrue from this practice, it does not help public understanding to aid election officials in misstating the results. A similar false claim was made in Pennsylvania the following week. Verified Voting subsequently tweeted a weak repudiation of the incorrect Pennsylvania claim, but let stand an identical incorrect assertion in Georgia. That unrefuted statement will surely be a factor in future litigation. Most recently, Marian’s essay, posted on verifiedvoting.org shortly after Philip Stark’s November 22 resignation from the board, doubled down on these and other expanded claims. It is a short essay, but I count at least nine distinct contradictions of prior Verified Voting statements and published positions. In light of this, the promise to pursue policy positions based on scientific evidence and best practices rings hollow. I can no longer lend my name to Verified Voting. Some, including anti-transparency activists, conflicted supporters of ballot marking devices, politicians trying to silence and intimidate critics, and opponents of evidence-based policy, have already mischaracterized the mainly technical debates within the election integrity community. If they are successful at confusing the public about the correctness of election outcomes in Georgia and elsewhere, I fear it will be in some measure due to the absence of values once embraced by Verified Voting.
Respectfully,
Richard DeMillo Charlotte B. and Roger C. Warren Professor of Computing and Executive Director of the Center for 21st
Century Universities Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA

 

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San Mateo Daily Journal, Measure W Recount is not newsworthy.

 

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Jon Mays and Jerry Lee have known since December 4, 2018 Board of Supervisor Meeting that San Mateo County Sherif Deputy Heinz Puschendorf was requesting a by hand recount of every ballot for Measure W which passed only in the last two days of reporting and by less than 500 votes.

Today’s article talks about Harvesting of ballots, no mention of Undervotes, Ballots Printed etc.

The San Mateo Daily Journal has 84,000 readers per day times 5 is 420,000 views not seen. Heinz Puschendorf is looking for 300 volunteers John and Jerry know that.

Yes on W SamTrans

SMDJ Harvesting Ballots article

Heinz Puschendorf 12/4/18 BOS Meeting Recount W

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When it comes to elections – is San Francisco that much smarter than San Mateo County.. or is SMC simply corrupted ? 

 

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For many years election system security experts have been whistle-blowing on Microsoft based vendor sold voting systems that utilize proprietary “secret ” software rather than a publicly viewable ” open source ” code. Experts state plainly that to defend against outside ( or insider ) interference an open source environment is preferred.  NASA and the DOD utilize open source for mission critical operations.. and now New Hampshire has deployed the better systems. The systems are far less expensive and eliminate vulnerabilities to the point of being referenced as ” unhackable “
San Francisco County, just north of San Mateo County, CA has done extensive studies over a ten year period and now started the build-out of their open source / paper ballot voting system. The current voting machine vendors do not want SF County to accomplish this effort, and pioneering watchdog groups like California Association of Voting Officials ( www.cavo-us.org ) and CAVO is actively protecting the project against the derailing effects that have befallen other jurisdictions ( Travis County , TX and Los Angeles ) attempting to move away from the previously :”locked in”  price gauging vendors.
The scenario is historic Davey vs Goliath as Microsoft and those who” bob in their wake ” scurry to delay the public systems while setting up to sell another round ( at a price tag over eight BILLION dollars ) of the scientifically concluded insecure systems. Money in the form of political contributions continues to flow toward decision makers.. and activists accuse the blocking politicians of putting personal gain before country and the national security. Recently U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard worked with CAVO to put forth a federal bill advocating open source election systems
So what’s up with San Mateo County ? As the technology capitol of the world, it would be natural for SMC to lead the advancements .. or at least follow San Francisco’s lead as a next door county. Could it be San Francisco politicians are that much more intelligent than those in San Mateo County.. or is it rather  just corruption ?  Let’s look at the Supervisors and some  other elected folks..
Many years back Supervisor Warren Slocum was a major player bringing in the flawed voting systems that are now notorious as a national security threat. San Mateo County Supervisor ( and former registrar ) Slocum sweated profusely while presenting his case for purchasing the ” corporate / secret ” voting systems and prompted the League Of Women to join his advocacy. Upon direct questioning by this writer the LWV lead Jackie Jacobberger confessed ignorance regarding voting system security and promised to never advocate at Slocum;s urging again. It appeared “business as usual” occurred during that initial purchase, and the Texas based  Hart Company scored a windfall.
Slocum then went on to join the board at Verified Voting, a group notable for  destroying an open source voting project in Texas,and also for  absorbing millions of dollars ( with no results )  in  grant monies from federal voting projects.
Supervisor David Pine may not be  directly corrupted but is apparently suffering from the controlling “persuasion” of notorious  staff. Burruto is a controller of party politics and has been a staunch political opponent of open source voting  The other SMC Supervisors Groom and Horsley seem to blindly  follow behind Slocum and Pine apparently  oblivious to their duties  to country and democracy.
Relief is available to San Mateo County but it takes courage. Silicon donors that make or break politicians do not like the election system security solution as it involves a free software that out performs what they are selling. With the spotlight now on San Mateo County to join San Francisco’s efforts to set voting system security precedent, it will be interesting to see how the San Mateo Board of Supervisors deal with this circumstance.
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Brent Turner is a  native of San Mateo County.Mr. Turner is recognized as a civil rights activist and a catalyst for sustainability

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SMCSO Deputy Heinz Puschendorf is filing for recount of Measure W.

 

San Mateo County Sheriff Deputy Heinz Puschendorf will be filing for a RECOUNT of all the ballots for Measure W in the November 6, 2018 election.

San Carlos Councilman Mark Olbert was the first Elected official to call for a complete Audit of the Elections Office.

Mark Simon the self proclaimed “genesis” of Measure W and a personal friend of Kevin Mullin and now a contributor for the Climate RWC stated clearly 271,704 was the number of ballots received by the absolute deadline.

Tonight the number has grown to 286,247.

Did Measure W pass using the 271,704 ballots.

It looks like Heinz Puschendorf is going to find out, a recount was going to happen no matter who won, I think this will be a much more transparent process for the average taxpayer who might have just got obligated with the Supervisors and SamTrans using $650,000 of taxpayer money against the taxpayers to pass Measure W.

Next step recount

By Michael G. Stogner

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San Mateo County’s Measure W Fails.

 

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Based on the information from San Mateo County Election Office there was a total of 286,210 ballots received, of that amount 265,793 ballots tallied a total 249,288 voted either yes or no for Measure W. That also means that 16,605 votes were not tallied or didn’t vote either way for Measure W. = 6.24% of the 265,793.

With a total of 20,417 remaining ballots to be tallied, minus the 6,24% No tally or vote for Measure W average leaves 19,149 votes to be tallied. The Yes on Measure W would have to get 68.7% of the remaining ballots “and they are statistically unlikely to meet the necessary threshold”.

With that information We are calling Measure W Failed.

Total Registered Voters 399,591, 286,210 Voted = 72% Turnout

 

San Mateo County Elections Office should display:

Registered Voters                                                             399,591         100.0%

Total Ballots Received (turn out)                                  286,210           72.0%

               Vote by Mail                                                       260,000           65.1%

               Vote Center                                                           26,210             6.7%

Total Ballots Counted                                                       265,793          53.3%

Ballots received, damaged or challenged                       #####           ##.#%

Ballots received but not counted                                     20,417             5.1%

Credit Thomas Weissmiller

By Michael G. Stogner

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Mark Church, San Mateo County Elections does it again.

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Today November 21, 2018 The elections office shows a new and larger number of mail ballots that were received by 9:00PM November 9, 2018. The new number is 260,000 the previous number was 258,015. That is a 1985 ballot difference.

According to those numbers a total of 286,210 ballots have been received. When you add the 260,000 plus the 26,210 on Election Day . He is reporting that 247,256 ballots have been tallied that leaves 38,966 to be tallied.

The San Mateo Daily Journal which has a readership of 84,000 people per day has reported 12,744 ballots to be counted/tallied. Simply not true or accurate.

Measure W which has been failing consistently so far is now inching closer to pass.

Mark Church should be counting the ballots instead he takes time to write a public relations piece in the SMDJ.

Time for Audit

Mark Church’s PR letter

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