Debunking election myths:MYTH: As relayed by multiple constituents, current Clerk & Recorder Chuck Broerman is now claiming that we do not have Dominion voting machines in El Paso County.
- BUSTED: While the exterior label on the machines may say Dell or Canon, the only operating system allowed within those machines is Dominion. The machines are built in foreign countries like China, based on design specifications supplied by Dominion for the Secretary of State (SoS) who holds the master purchase agreement for all Colorado voting systems. The SoS website has a state-wide map showing equipment lists and individual machines (including serial numbers) and their operating systems in use. See the SoS Voting System inventory here: https://www.coloradosos.gov/pubs/elections/VotingSystems/file/2020/ColoradoVotingEquipmentbyCounty2020.pdf See the map here: https://www.coloradosos.gov/pubs/elections/VotingSystems/files/VotingSystemsMap.pdf
- BUSTED: This sign is posted at the Clerk & Recorder's office on the wall outside the counting room that houses the electronic voting machines:
MYTH: Some officials, like City Councilor and former SoS Wayne Williams and his wife County Commissioner Holly Williams, who financially benefit from Dominion usage, are arguing that it will be too expensive to replace Dominion systems.
- BUSTED: Removing Dominion does not mean we replace it with a similar expensive system of another brand. We hand count – no new expensive system required. In fact, Rio Blanco, Moffatt, and Custer counties voted to remove Dominion systems this year and return to hand counting, citing the expense of maintaining and updating the Dominion systems. Mineral and San Juan counties have always hand-counted ballots.
MYTH: Hand counting is rife with human error, will take too long, and will cause lawsuits.
- BUSTED: Many of us remember just a few years ago going to your local precinct, casting your vote, and having election results available late election night or the next day following ballots being hand counted. As the 2020 and 2021 elections proved, having machines involved did nothing but disrupt the process and destroy accuracy. A 2012 joint study by Rice and Clemson Universities found hand count error rates average .5 to 1%. The Colorado Secretary of State lists a 3% rate with Risk Limiting Audits performed on electronic voting systems.
MYTH: My opponent, Steve Schleiker, publicly argues that only currently elected officials are capable of holding elected office because outsiders are not trained in holding office and are too incompetent to comprehend the job.
- BUSTED: This argument has been continually disproven by: President Donald Trump (businessman), Senator Rand Paul (doctor), Representative Loren Boebert (restauranteur), Representative Jim Jordan (college wrestling coach), New Jersey State Senator Edward Durr (truck driver), Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (businesswoman), Representative Burgess Owens (football player), Michele Bachman (stay-at-home mom), Governor & President Ronald Regan (actor), Senator Fred Thomas (actor), and so many others... soon to include Peter Lupia.