5 Steps You Can Take Now to Protect Your Vote

While we can’t control every potential way our votes can be stolen, we do have some degree of personal power. The first thing we absolutely can control is whether we vote at all. It would be easy to throw our hands in the air and tell ourselves why bother, but that is not an option given the high stakes of making sure our country doesn’t become another Venezuela. It is more important than ever during this election cycle to vote. 

It can be discouraging when we hear the news of 2000 Mules and read about the nursing home scandal and drop box bribery in Wisconsin. While investigations in other states have been thwarted, undermined, and ridiculed, most of us have concluded there was a massive problem with the 2020 election and many elections before this. So what can we do as individual US citizens to impact the honesty and integrity of the 2022 elections?

  • Write or Call Your Secretary of State

The first link in the chain of corruption begins with the voter rolls when it comes to election integrity. The Secretaries of State are responsible for keeping the voter rolls up to date. Unfortunately, many states have bought into Soros and Rockefeller backed system – ERIC, that is anything but helpful when it comes to voter roll accuracy. 

There is a possibility that your Secretary of State (SOS) may be corrupt, or they may simply not be aware of the problem. Due to contractual obligations, the SOS may feel their hands are tied, but according to Bonds for the Win, an organization dedicated to helping citizens take action on violations, public officials who do not uphold their constitutional obligations, are breaching the law and can have their surety bonds revoked.   If you are dissatisfied with the response you get, you could go the extra mile and follow the steps outlined at the Bonds for the Win website to create a letter of intent, or even reply and say that you intend to do so. Although if there were ever a time to act, it is now!   Again, remember to be polite as the more level headed you remain, the better your results will be.  

Either way, public pressure can be very effective and is worth at a minimum 5 minutes of your time.  Here is a link to the current Secretaries of State. Your email should be brief and polite, and you should request a reply. You want to simply ask if the State is still using the ERIC system and share that you have concerns. If you would like, you can include this article called Who’s Cleaning Our Voter Rolls. It details many of the challenges with the ERIC system. Your goal is to get clean voter rolls, not to disenfranchise anyone!!

  • Verify Voter Registration for Your Household

Send an email to your local Supervisor of Elections office asking them to verify your voter registration and that of those at your household. Tell them you want to make sure there are no former residents listed and, if requested, provide them with verification of the registered voters who currently live at your home or any properties you rent out or own, whether residential or commercial.

Some states allow voters to register to vote at their place of business, which could be in a different county than the county they reside in. If you are a business owner, make sure you only have one registration location on file for your vote and that there are no voters registered at your office or storefront.

Canvassers in multiple states found anomalies that suggest former residents cast a mail in or absentee ballot after moving away or even dying. These types of voters are commonly referred to as ghost voters. In addition, some residences reported having up to 40 people in a 2 bedroom apartment. Common sense dictates this is highly improbable.

In swing counties in Florida, which you would think would be one of the more secure states, a canvas of 14K voters revealed that only 62% were verifiable.

This is why it is so important for each and every person to get involved and let your elections office know where you live and don’t live, and who you live with.  If you have moved from another state or county, contact that election office as well to make sure you are no longer on the voter rolls. 

  • Advocate for New Laws in Your State

Another way to impact election integrity, is to reach out to your governor and state legislature to make suggestions related to tightening up the laws. In Florida, Governor DeSantis recently signed a bill to safeguard the sanctity of the elections that included legislation around securing the voter rolls. Many states are changing laws to prevent fraud. Even though we are close to the elections, it is still not to late to say something. 

Again, if you feel like your requests are falling on deaf ears, you always have the option of starting the process of going after their surety bonds. See Bonds for the Win. These are our elected officials, and they must uphold the constitution. It is our right as American citizens to have free and fair elections and for election laws to be upheld. To find your state legislature website, go to any search engine and type “state legislature” and the name of your state.  You can do a similar search to find your governor’s office. 

  • Contact Your Attorney General and/or Local Police

If you are aware of an illegal drop box, a law related to video surveillance that is not being upheld, a chain of custody concern, or any infraction of the existing regulations, contact your Secretary of State and let them know you will be reporting it to the authorities as well.   It goes without saying that if you see someone stuffing ballots, don’t wait. Call your local law enforcement and report any suspicious activity immediately. Don’t break any laws and do your best to document it. Don’t be afraid to get involved. This is our democratic Republic at stake. If your Attorney General is in the process of assessing election fraud, let them know this is an important issue to you and that time is of the essence.

  • Be sure to report Deceased Friends and Relatives

If you know of someone who died recently, ask your elections office how you can report it. You may have to get in touch with their next of kin or the executor of their estate if it is your immediate relative. Delicately let those involved know that it is important to make sure their loved ones who have passed are no longer on the voter rolls either. Similarly, if you have a relative or friend who is incapacitated or in a nursing facility, perhaps you will want to speak to those in charge to make certain that this person’s vote cannot be used inappropriately. 

While this article does not cover every possible scenario and cannot guarantee there will be no illegal ballots cast, if you implement some of the strategies listed here, you will be doing something instead of waiting on the side lines for someone else to fix the voting system.  It is time for each and every one of us to step up. Even if you have never been one to take action, many of the suggestions above are easy to do and won’t take more than a few minutes. If each of us takes personal responsibility, we can make a big impact.