What I Really Think of Voting by Mail

Bob Niemeyer

Fellow Oregonians – Fellow Americans:

The voting age in America was lowered to 18 the same year I turned 18. As a result, the people in charge of my voting precinct in Silverton Oregon asked me to be part of the voting process at Eugene Field grade school.

There seemed to be a certain excitement in the air, particularly when the first people came in to vote that day. An excitement that was still going when the last vote was dropped into the ballet box. The day went quickly as I got to talk to many of the people that I knew. Some were from my paper route, some were from the businesses in the area, and even the teachers from Eugene Field came in to to vote during lunch.

The gymnasium looked exactly as it did when I went to school there ten years prior. Our gym was only as large as one basketball court. The floor was stained a dark brown and was as polished and as shiny as a mirror. We set up that morning by protected the floor with some canvas to keep the high-heals from poking holes in the wood. Then we set up the voting booths out in the middle of the gym and finally the tables with the voting registers.

After everyone had voted and the ballot box was taken to the county for counting, we took down everything and carefully put it all away for the next time. There was an overwhelming sense of having done our Patriotic Duty. A sense of duty that I carry to this day.

We need to go back to voting in person at the precincts across the State of Oregon. If only to revive the sense of Patriotic Duty. Although, I look at going back to voting in person as a golden opportunity for several companies and the people in Oregon to benefit by developing and selling a system of voting equipment that will fight voter fraud and make sure that our elections are honest.

My vision for a voter system is;

  1. Use the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to create the voter rolls. (WITH PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP) The DMV has the know how to make photo ID’s and print them with equipment already being used to manufacture ID’s for companies world-wide.

  2. We use Facial Recognition systems that already exist to make sure that people do not have more than one voter ID. Facial Recognition systems are so good today that they can be used to accurately find criminals in a football stadium of people. Wouldn’t it be good to know that criminals that have lost the Right to Vote would not be able to get a voter registration.

  3. We would use specially designed electronics supplied by Intel with personal encryption that would have the security built in to get the images and voter information to a secure location at the county seats. Personal encryption that no hacker could break into to steal our vote.

  4. We would issue ID’s that have the same digits as a credit card. Each number would be assigned to each voter and would be theirs for life. Each voter could go to any precinct to vote and present their photo ID. Each number would have what is called a hash code that totals to a different number than is used for money transactions. There are enough left over numbers in the credit card system to supply all of the people on earth for a very long time. No number would ever need to be reused.

  5. We would use the credit card system used in banking to securely read and verify that a voter card is valid when voting. The only time a number would need to be checked is if the voter was at the wrong precinct or overseas in the military. If Visa is used everywhere, why not use Visa to send a vote from our military personnel around the world.

  6. The photo ID would be run through a standard credit card reader attached to a console developed by Planar System. The console would be able to connect via the internet to all of the precinct’s data bases for those that are in a different precinct than where their address should have sent them. The console would have the photos and ID information to verify the voter’s ID with their picture and address stored inside and ready for use.

  7. A person that does not have their photo ID could present some other form of ID that would bring their picture up on the Planar System monitor for the visual verification check and facial recognition check.

  8. We would use Epson to make a printer that prints the ballot right there at each precinct for the voter to use on the spot. The voter would go to the booth and fill out the ballot and drop it into the ballot box when complete. No lost or stolen ballots. No unaccounted for ballets.

  9. We could use the scanning technology that already exist for counting the ballots. The same scanning technology used in our schools to grade tests. The ballots would be counted after the close of voting at the precinct and the information phoned into the counties. The ballots would be secured and available for recount if required and could be recycled into next year’s ballots. And if there is a challenge to the vote tally by the people watching over the count, the ballots could be counted by hand on the spot before sending them off to the county seat.

  10. The companies listed above would form a consortium would be paid $6.50 for each vote cast. Thus creating an incentive to make sure that the voting process was valid and secure.

  11. The same consortium above would be able to sell this same system to other States and foreign countries to protect the vote everywhere in the world.

The jobs created by this system would also be ongoing. Once Oregon was set up, we could allow the business consortium to sell the same package to other states or even other nations to secure their voting rights. Use of the credit card system is already world-wide and could be used to fairly get the vote of our military any place they may be on duty.

Bob Niemeyer

July 15, 2015

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