John R Brakey 
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Re: “Should the Public Be Able To See Voting Machine Instruction Manuals?

AUDIT Elections USA well-known election attorney Chris Sautter wrote: "The newest voting machines used in most states are producing digital images of individual paper ballots--an exact scanned digital copy front and back. This innovation is a big win for election administration and transparency. These systems deliver digital ballot images, maintain traceability through the chain-of-custody, reconcile ballots by precinct, and enable anyone to audit and verify election results."

We also know that Its only through the scrutiny that we're going to have confidence in elections.

Somewhere along the way, we forgot that only the voting was a secret process. However, counting is a public process. That's why the ballot images are important; they're a public record that we the people could use to make Elections Transparent, Trackable, and Publicly Verified.

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Posted by John R Brakey on 10/06/2018 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Judge Denies Team McSally's Motion, Allows Vote Count To Continue in Hotly Contested Barber-McSally Race

We electors deserve election results that are verified. We shouldn’t have to wonder like with Congressional Arizona District 2 race that looks real weird. When you have an election where Martha McSally ( R ) won the vote at the precinct election day by 56% to 43% and won Cochise County by 59.5% to 40.5%. However, Ron Barber (D), is wining the Vote by Mail (VBM) at a rate of 54% to 45 in Pima County. VBM in Pima County in this election is 78% of the total vote count in Pima County. Martha McSally (R ) , is leading with only 341 votes out of 214,043 counted. With about 9,000 provisional ballots to go the momentum has shifted to Ron Barber. McSally's team has filed a legal action about the provisional ballots that they will lose for lawful reasons. Instead, her team should be going after the actual VBM count and the weird shift between votes cast at the precincts, versus the VBM which Pima Elections started counting a week before the election, and has a history of peeking at the results before election eve at 8PM.

With these discrepancies described above someone should be asking a judge to order a hand count audit of 2 randomly picked precincts to verify the count on this race and others. On 08/05/14, at the Pima County BOS I said: “About 80% of the votes are expected to be Vote by Mail in the Aug 26th Primary, and November 4th General Election. VBM Ballots are not sorted except inside the central 'hackable' tabulator that could easily be programmed to only hack ballot batches over 300. But by selecting 2 precincts late Election Night after all results are published by precincts and made public, makes it almost impossible for a hacker to hack the VBM. However, Chuck Huckelberry and his bud Benny White are going all out, to stop again any efforts to make elections "Transparent and Verifiable". Why would Huckelberry stop "Verifiable Elections", you may ask? "Is he protecting his right to cheat in the future?”

Also on 08/05/14 Mickey Duniho said: (except) "Mr. Huckelberry’s memo claims that you need to reject our recommendation in order to maintain voter confidence in the election systems". This reminds me of the slogan in George Orwell’s 1984 novel that reads, “War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength.” Your EIC made recommendations to you to try to move Pima County in the direction of restoring voter confidence, which has been lost through Mr. Huckelberry’s closed ballot counting system, with no statistically useful hand count audit of early ballots. Mr. Huckelberry has been fighting election reform for the entire ten years that I have been involved in the election reform movement. His Election Director, Brad Nelson, lobbied in 2006 to water down the hand-count audit law, so that only one percent of early ballots are required to be counted, and there is no requirement to compare early ballot hand counts with officially reported election results, so there is no requirement to audit County elections at all. Pima County has fought election reform in the courts, using millions of taxpayer dollars to prevent expansion of election transparency.

Linked to testimony by Mickey Duniho & John R Brakey, with the, PCBOS, verified that VBM has not been HACKED 8.5.14:

Here is the bad part. The only way a recount can happen in Arizona (worst in USA), is if the results are within 1/10 of 1%. That means the difference in the results must be 226 votes or less to get a recount., as per ARS 16-661. Automatic recount; requirements; exemption. Now guess what,? It’s done by machine. Recounts in Florida, is set at ¼ of 1 percent, and ballots are a “public record”, unlike Arizona, where they are not!

We at AUDIT-AZ collectively work to protect the “purity of elections”; “run by the people”, to ensure the fundamental right of every American citizen to vote, and to have each vote counted as intended in a secure, transparent, impartial, and independently audited election process. These are rights under our State Constitution, enforced by State law, and in the SoS Election Procedures Manual.

Sadly, elections without public accountability are nothing more than vote-counting in the dark controlled by a county government in the act of choosing itself and its cronies while picking our pockets. Respectfully, John R Brakey

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Posted by John R Brakey on 11/11/2014 at 10:04 AM

Re: “City Manager Miranda's Resignation: Council Reaction

Last Friday (16th) we received Judge Staring's ruling in the case of Cecilia Cruz Plaintiff vs. Richard Miranda, City Manager and Roger Randolph, City Clerk, in Pima County Superior court. Judge Staring sanctioned the city $15,800 and this Friday (23) Miranda announces he going to retire. Attorney Bill Risner has become frustrated with their dishonesty: "Whose responsible for the lies? Do we have a Mayor and Council that is responsible to the citizens?...Maybe the city manager was a cop too long and thinks that that's what you do. You lie about everything all the time. I don't know. We do know that he's a party to the lies. That we know for sure. We know the city Clerk is a party to the lies. We know the Mayor and Council are party to the lies."
To better understand this case and "The Big Con” please watch these four videos:
1) Bill Risner on Court Sanctions City of Tucson for Withholding El Rio Records and Lying About It 5 18 14:
2) Attorney Bill Risner on El Rio and Rio Nuevo, the cover-up continues 10.20.13:
3)Facts about El Rio and TREO/GCU :
4) Clip 7 of 9 El Rio 4.01.14 Closing Arguments by Bill Risner:

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Posted by John R Brakey on 05/24/2014 at 7:25 AM

Re: “City Manager Richard Miranda to Resign July 31

Last Friday we received Judge Staring's ruling in the case of Cecilia Cruz Plaintiff vs. Richard Miranda, City Manager and Roger Randolph, City Clerk, in Pima County Superior court. Sanction in the case of $15,800 and this Friday he announces he going to retire. To better understand this case and "The Big Con” please watch these four videos.
1) Bill Risner on Court Sanctions City of Tucson for Withholding El Rio Records and Lying About It 5 18 14:
2) Attorney Bill Risner on El Rio and Rio Nuevo, the cover-up continues 10.20.13:
3)Facts about El Rio and TREO/GCU :
4) Clip 7 of 9 El Rio 4.01.14 Closing Arguments by Bill Risner:

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Posted by John R Brakey on 05/23/2014 at 8:55 PM

Re: “El Rio Coalition II Invite to Sunday Community Forum

City of Tucson Citizens Seek Stronger Voice in City Government
Compiled by Ruth Beeker
Fall 2013

The Neighborhood Infill Coalition (NIC) sponsored 3 workshops during Summer 2013 for concerned residents to grapple with a major question: How can Tucson citizens gain a more meaningful voice in City of Tucson decision-making? Forty-eight participants brainstormed and edited 4 guiding principles:

This WE Believe
 People have a right to be involved in decisions which affect them and their community.

 True community involvement is dependent on: timely notice, transparency, accuracy, access to information, opportunity for input and balanced consideration of the facts.

 Trust in City government, which is essential, is built on open, honest, respectful, equitable and inclusive processes and procedures.

 Residents have a right to a basic Quality of Life which includes an expectation that government will be responsible for community health and safety, will honor our history and will respect our sense of place.

The entire document, This WE Believe, is posted on the Neighborhood Support Network website: Click on “Neighborhood Infill Coalition-Summary of Summer 2013 Meetings” in the left column.

As a follow-up to the summer meetings, groups of citizens are exploring how to organize to have a more effective way to insure the above principles are met. Two new options are being studied:

1. Form a coalition of those special interest groups which already exist There are a number of citizen groups already in the City, such as El Rio Coalition, Neighborhood Infill Coalition, Core BaNC, Broadway Corridor, Bus Riders’ Union, Ward3Alliance, Downtown Neighborhoods and Residents Council, Neighborhood Support Network. If groups such as these could form an alliance independent of City government, the citizens’ voice could be greatly amplified.

2. Request City of Tucson to form an official Board, Commission or Committee to address Neighborhood Concerns Topics which particularly impact city residents would have its input prior to going to Mayor and Council for approval.

Follow-up Event for All City Residents who Wish to Be Involved
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 Citizen Coalition Formation-Scottsdale Experience at the Ward 6 Office, 3202 E. 1st St. 2:00-4:00

Scottsdale citizens and small-business owners have formed an advocacy group, Coalition of Greater Scottsdale (COGS), which has a strong independent voice in City of Scottsdale decision-making. Its chairperson, Sonnie Kirtley, has graciously agreed to come to share their experience with Tucson citizens who are interested in gaining such a voice in the City of Tucson government.

Posted by John R Brakey on 10/23/2013 at 9:37 AM

Re: “El Rio Coalition II Invite to Sunday Community Forum

Dear Ms. Mahaney:

Thank you for sharing your comments with me, which frankly I find quite puzzling.

You state that you wish "the deal" [the sale of the Trini Alvarez Golf Course to Grand Canyon University] "would have gone through" which you claim "would have preserved the property for bird wildlife" and would "promote clean air." You state that you live in the El Rio neighborhood, but I must ask: have you actually seen the golf course, which consists of 114 acres of green space with over 100 mature trees, beautiful grass courses, and several water ponds? How you conceive of replacing this with a massive campus with concrete and steel as something positive for wildlife is beyond me, but their was once a national politician who claimed trees cause pollution so I suppose some people can believe anything even when objective reality obviously indicates something diametrically different. In fact, I must say, of all the arguments I have heard in favor of developing the property -- "golf is just a rich mans game..." or "we need the jobs at all costs, even to the environment..." I have never heard anyone ever express the opinion that this deal would actually be GOOD for the environment. At my age, I do not get surprised easily, but if nothing else you have succeeded in doing so with your ... ah..., unique perspective.

Be that as it may, an examination of this "deal" reveals a massive rip-off of the taxpaying public -- even if one thinks concrete and steel structures are better for wildlife than grass and trees. A proponent of increased traffic congestion as a good element for improved air quality, but who nonetheless can read, should be able to see the fact that City of Tucson staff and elected officials lied not only to the public but in court under oath as well. Even someone who may prefer the sounds of cars and trucks in their neighborhood over the sounds of birds and the wind whipping through the trees should still be shocked that the City tried to sell the property under market value by creating a false appraisal of the property's actual worth in violation of the State of Arizona's Gift Clause law.

If you "have intimate knowledge of the operations of the city golf course" as you claim, you should then be aware that El Rio Golf Course has been charged much higher rates for water than the other municipal courses, and that the dubious figures the city once used to bash El Rio's financial losses were based on additional factors not taken into consideration: such as the loss of revenue by eliminating the driving range, a broken air conditioning system in the clubhouse during the hottest months of the summer, and the dumping of older golf carts and other equipment from other golf courses on to the additional burdens of El Rio.

Finally, your assertion that this development would have somehow "increased property value" is almost as perplexing a statement as your contention that this development would be good for wildlife. I would suggest that most people would prefer living next to 114 acres of green open space rather than what was proposed, but perhaps all the millionaires around the Tucson Country Club, Starr Pass, Dove Mountain, etc., all have it wrong. Why they chose to live out among natural beauty instead of the wonders of industrial parks must be quite a mystery to you. Indeed, you may want to check with any real estate agent, as I am sure you would get a great "deal" by selling your house in the El Rio neighborhood for something closer to an industrial zone. Perhaps you could find something still available in the airport fly zone or adjacent to a large manufacturing facility that is more accommodating to your special needs and desires. I sincerely wish you good luck with that. Really, I do.

In the meantime, for now at least, El Rio Belongs To The People. Thankfully, the overwhelming majority of your neighbors -- as well as many others who care about protecting our public green space for future generations -- intend to keep it that way.

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Posted by John R Brakey on 10/23/2013 at 9:22 AM

Re: “PCD3: Bronson Files Campaign-Finance Complaint Against Tanner Bell, Independent Committee

Arizona and Florida have a lot in common, a powerful "Growth Lobby" and “Election Fraud”.
These short investigative video clips will help one understand what we're up against:

****CBS Miami Series 1 of 6 10/02/12 - Does Your Vote Count? For many voters Ion Sancho’s words hold weight. He was the first elections supervisor in America to dare a “look under the hood” of a voting machine, to see if the machines were recording votes properly and if they could be hacked. ” I sanctioned the first investigation of a voting system without the vendor’s authorization,” Sancho recalls.

****CBS Series 2 of 6 10/09/12 - Does Your Vote Count? Flips are real! “As a result, the wrong winners and losers were called.” Same machines Maricopa Election uses.

****CBS Series 3 of 6 10/16/12 - That’s called an overvote, and your vote may be thrown out.

****CBS Miami Series 4 of 6 10/23/12 - Investigates: Does Your Vote Count? The Recount Test:

****Pima County had purchased the same hacking tool used to program the memory card before voting so that it would print the results they wanted as opposed to the actual votes showed in the CBS Miami series on “Does your Vote Count? Here is a copy of the invoice

****Video clip, Attorney Bill Risner Explaining in court How Election Fraud Works in Pima County.:

Final Thought
Public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility

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Posted by John R Brakey on 10/29/2012 at 10:43 PM

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