The resolution was written to provide Nebraska voters who are concerned about our elections with documented and verifiable evidence which they may submit to our senators to demand that meaningful election integrity bills be introduced in the 2023 legislative session.
The resolution includes some legislative suggestions which I believe address things which would help to secure our elections. Others may have their own (and better) proposals for legislation that they would like to see our senators introduce. For me, the most important part of this resolution is the outlining of the reasons for why our senators absolutely must--for the sake of upholding their oath to protect our constitutional rights--address the calls for our elections to be made secure.
This resolution points to some concrete examples to show why it is that we cannot trust Secretary of State Bob Evnen, and also to why we cannot trust the machines which are used to count the votes. When presented with evidence that Secretary of State Evnen has lied to us, which senators will continue to tell us that Evnen is trustworthy and has done a good job as our Secretary of State?
This resolution serves as a test of accountability to find out which of our elected officials will side with the people and which will side with their political peers. The arguments in the resolution can also be used to contact Attorney General-elect Mike Hilgers and remind him of the commitment he has made to look into the constitutionality of the ES&S contract.
Our elected officials are only going to do what we demand of them. Whether they address election integrity in earnest or not during this upcoming legislative session will largely depend upon what we do now. This resolution was written to help those who would like to "do something," but perhaps do not know where to start. I, myself, am still figuring it out as I go, but the important thing is that we not let up when it comes to reminding our government that they work for us. The only "wrong" thing to do would be to do nothing. We get what we accept, and now is the time to speak up and let our senators know what we will and will not accept.
The resolution may be downloaded at the link down below. I will copy and paste the text of the resolution below as well. Feel free to use it as is or adapt it however you like, but please consider sending it to Senator Clements, Senator Halloran, AND to your own senator (if your senator is not one of those two). I suggest following up all email correspondence with a phone call a day or two later.
Senator Robert Clements email@example.com (402) 471-2613
Senator Steve Halloran firstname.lastname@example.org (402) 471-2712
Contact info for other senators can be found here: https://nebraskalegislature.gov/senators/senator_list.php
The resolution can be downloaded here:
And the text of the resolution is copied below:
RESOLUTION OF NEBRASKA VOTERS CALLING UPON LEGISLATORS TO ADOPT MEANINGFUL LEGISLATION WHICH WOULD RESTORE ELECTION INTEGRITY TO NEBRASKA’S ELECTION PROCESS
Whereas, the oath of an elected official binds him or her to support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Nebraska; and
Whereas, many Nebraska voters believe that their right to a free election and to exercise the elective franchise per Article 1-22 of the Constitution of the State of Nebraska has been hindered and impeded through a lack of transparency; and
Whereas, the elective franchise is the right of qualified voters to cast their votes for the candidates of their choosing AND to be assured that their votes are counted as they are cast; and
Whereas, the elective franchise encompasses not only the marking of the ballot, but also the interpretation (or the “counting”) of that mark which gives it meaning; and
Whereas, the oversight of the software and machines which count the votes is internal to our government and their corporate affiliates in such a way that denies Nebraskans the assurance that their votes are counted as they are cast; and Whereas, regarding security testing, the ES&S contract with the State of Nebraska includes confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements which instruct the State to “not share or disseminate into the public realm the Testing Results or any other related information,” and “not directly or indirectly publicize in any media or public forum whatsoever any information or materials or any opinions, conclusions, or comments concerning the testing results” (State Contract 88525 O4, p.20); and
Whereas, Secretary of State Evnen has stated that Nebraska voting machines were specifically ordered not to be internet accessible due to the potential for manipulation that internet capability poses to our elections; and
Whereas, despite known vulnerabilities of internet accessibility, Nebraska’s voter registration system is maintained using internet accessibility and remote access Albert sensors which leave our voter registration system vulnerable to intrusion and manipulation; and
Whereas, in a “Joint Statement from Elections Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council and Sector Coordinating Council Executive Committees,” dated November 12, 2020, leaders of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the National Association of Secretaries of State (of which Secretary of State Bob Evnen is a member), the National Association of State Election Directors (of which Deputy Secretary of State Wayne Bena is a member), ES&S senior vice president of security, Chris Wlaschin, and others involved in the oversight of our elections, stated that “The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history”, and that “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised”; and
Whereas, despite an ongoing nationwide election integrity crisis, those named in that joint statement still insist that our elections are secure; and
Whereas, ES&S’s history of refusing to comply with subpoenas has further eroded public trust in the services they provide; and
Whereas, hand counting of votes under recorded video surveillance would allow full transparency to the public and would restore faith in our voting system; and
Whereas, on the January 25, 2022 DriveTime Lincoln radio program, Secretary of State Evnen--in reference to a grant received by Lancaster County in September 2020 from the Center for Tech and Civic Life and funded by Mark Zuckerberg, stated that “Lancaster County accepted $404,000, and they spent it on personal protective equipment;” and
Whereas, the “CTCL COVID-19 Response Grant Report” submitted by Lancaster County Election Commissioner David Shively indicates that $0 of the grant money was used to purchase personal protective equipment and that the grant money was primarily used to facilitate mail-in voting, including the purchase of ballot drop boxes; and
Whereas, Secretary of State Evnen stated on DriveTime Lincoln radio on January 25, 2022, that ballot drop boxes were utilized as part of the COVID-19 response, and that “That was the purpose for them and now that purpose has come and gone;” and
Whereas, despite giving an inaccurate reporting of how the CTCL grant money was spent, Secretary of State Bob Evnen claimed in public speeches that the use of the CTCL grant money was investigated and did not affect the outcome of any elections in Lancaster County—a claim which was backed up by Deputy Secretary of State Wayne Bena who said in the Government Affairs Committee hearing on January 26, 2022, “To be clear, the acceptance of this private funding by Lancaster County did not change how the 2020 election was conducted by the election commissioner, or its outcome;' and
Whereas, the failure of Nebraska’s election officials to accurately know how the CTCL grant money was spent calls into question the veracity of the claims that a thorough investigation of the matter was conducted and casts doubt upon claims that it can be known that the grant money did not change the outcome of Lancaster County elections; and
Whereas, these contradictory statements from election officials justify the concerns of Nebraskans who no longer have faith in them as trusted sources, and they merit a response from our senators to ensure that our elections are made transparent to the voters; therefore, be it
RESOLVED that Nebraskans call upon our senators to introduce and prioritize legislation in the 2023 legislative session which would seek to accomplish the following goals:
1) To remove all internet accessibility and remote access used in maintenance of voter rolls; and
2) To change the definition of “voting system” to state that electronics and software may be used in the creating of ballots, and only in the casting of ADA-compliant votes, and never in the counting of votes, though not to exclude calculators free of programmable software, nor electronics as used in recorded video surveillance of the process; and
3) To end the use of ballot drop boxes and to require that any ballots not returned by mail be delivered to the county election office; and
4) To require a chain-of-custody procedure for any ballots being delivered on behalf of another person, such as a receipt process that records the name of the third-party and the number of ballots submitted by the third-party.