Attempted election security breaches aided by local officials are on the rise.
As if we didn’t have enough to deal with, election officials are now claiming that hacking attacks on our elections are on the upswing aided by local election officials.
So let me get this straight, election officials are now claiming that our elections could be under attack by the very election officials that oversee our elections? How screwed up is that?
BATON ROUGE, La. — Election officials are confronting a wave of threats and security challenges coming from a troubling source: inside the election system itself.
In interviews on the sidelines of the National Association of Secretaries of State’s summer conference, a dozen chief election administrators detailed a growing number of “insider threats” leading to attempted or successful election security breaches aided by local officials. The most prominent was in Colorado, where a county clerk was indicted for her role in facilitating unauthorized access to voting machines. But there have been similar instances elsewhere, including in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio.
Well, there have been a number of officials and Q-Anon supporters running for various offices around the country, this is well documented by Alex Kaplan at Media Matters as well as his “Beyond Q” series. These reports show that our elections are under serious threat by these right wing extremists. The key here is to pay attention and stem the flow of these extremists from gaining a foothold into the election system itself. From their crazy perch, these people, if allowed into the system, will create so much instability in the election system that it will overwhelm the system with chaos when it comes time to have your vote counted.
“It can create a domino effect, because if one county successfully manages to tank their election by not certifying it, we’re gonna see copycats,” said New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat and former president of NASS who sued to force certification last month.
This is exactly the playbook for the Republicans in the next two election cycles. Cause instability in the system itself, make people question the results, and then have lawsuit after lawsuit filed being heard by Republican judges they installed prior. By the time any contested or close call election is finished, no one will know for sure who won or who lost. Jam up the works is their calling card, flood the zone, and that is what they are planning on right this very minute.
Pay attention, DO NOT allow these extremists any ground or foothold into the system they are trying to destroy. Keep them out, focus focus focus. Stay vigilant and spread this post far and wide.
Nearly universally, officials expressed concern about a brain drain in the industry that could exacerbate the problem of intentional and unintentional insider threats. Multiple secretaries said they were seeing dramatic turnover among local officials and senior staff.
And of course most of this brain drain will be replaced with Q-Anon connected people who fly under the radar until its time for them to STRIKE ON COMMAND.
But election conspiracy theories have taken a deeper hold in state legislative races and secretary of state campaigns, with election deniers across the country forming a network to coordinate their statewide campaigns.
While they have suffered high-profile losses in Georgia and Colorado, the network has also tallied notable wins: Members of the coalition are the Republican nominees in states including Michigan, Nevada and New Mexico, with another major primary next month in Arizona.
“We were very fortunate in 2020 that no sitting secretary bought into the Stop the Steal effort,” Michigan’s Benson said. “I don’t think we’ll get that lucky again.”
You got that right in spades. Republicans are gearing up, networks are already on the ground, and they are running operations meant to destabilize and destroy election networks and your faith in the election system. And who would want such a scenario to take place here? You got that right, Russia. Mother Russia has been operating disinformation and divide and conquer operations in this country since at least 2014 and possibly earlier. So stay focused people, stay focused, because the shit is about to hit the fan.