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Betty Freauf
November 29, 2002

This Vote-By-Mail concept was first touted by our GOP former Secretary of State, Norma Paulus, as being quicker to count the votes and to increase voter participation which has been noticeably waning since perhaps the 1976 presidential election of Jimmy Carter. In 1960, 37% of the voting-age population did not vote. By 1976 that figure had grown to 46%. Although Oregon had a higher than average voter turnout due to a hotly contested governor's race in 2002, the national average, I understand, was only about 39%. This means that half of that voter turnout plus one are putting people into office.
One survey during the Carter era asked what it would take to get people to the polls.  They checked the box  "having a candidate worth voting for." As early as 1976, polls showed that people were beginning to understand there really is no distinction between the two major parties.
And apathy among voters continued to grow so to try to turn the tide, Marion County, Oregon Elections Clerk, Al Davidson, along with three other people, sponsored an initiative for Vote-by-Mail in Oregon. The silly voters approved it in 1998 thereby establishing the nation's FIRST statewide Vote-By-Mail only election format. In October, 2000, Oregon's former Secretary of State Phil Keisling called Vote-By-Mail a "pardigm shift" that suits hectic schedules.
That was the exact term that was used when Oregon legislators were passing O.B.E. Computer learning will speed "paradigm shifts" and God help any parents who tries to get between the student and that computer. Dustin Heuston of Utah's World Institute for Computer-Assisted Teaching (WICA) said, "We've been absolutely staggered by realizing that the computer has the capability to act as if it were ten of the top psychologists working with one student..."
And let us not forget the quote by Mrs. Marion E. Sproul, Boston School Teacher, when she repeated the 1919 Communist Party slogan, "Give us one generation of small children to train to manhood and womanhood and we will set up the Bolshevist form of the Soviet government."
But getting back to Vote-By-Mail, as I draft this article, we are now 10 days past the November 5th election, and Al Davidson and his staff are still counting ballots. They figure they might be done by November 19th.
Oregon's first Vote-By-Mail in November 2000 was plagued with all sorts of problems one might expect when the desire for increased participation supersedes concern for ballot integrity.
And there seems to be no uniformity among the counties. In November, 2000 Al Davidson and his staff re-created 10,000 ballots because the counting machines couldn't read the ballots due to stray marks and liquid stains. I felt this was ballot tampering when Davidson and his staff tried to determine the intent of the voter but no one in a position of authority challenged it.
In the book VOTE FRAUD (C) 1992, James and Kenneth Collier expose how they managed through a court order to get a video camera into the counting area at one election's office and saw League of Women Voters altering ballots. And guess who one of the sponsors was on Oregon's Vote-by-Mail? The President of the League of Women Voters which, in March 1983, were still opposed to Vote-by-Mail. I wonder what changed their minds?? For a copy of VOTE FRAUD, contact Jim Condit, Jr. at 
By May 2002 the Democrat Herald in Albany, Oregon said the idea that voting by mail was an automatic help to boost voter participation turned out to be flat wrong.
By December 2000 Oregon's Vote-By-Mail had gotten national attention and Al Davidson was recruited to co-chair a National Election Task Force (once again they came to Oregon) looking to change the future of voting around the nation.
The Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) founded by Marxist Saul Alinsky endorses Vote-by-Mail. This group uses liberal churches and other platforms to get Democrats registered to vote. The I.A.F. turned out thousands of volunteers to help process aliens for the 1996 presidential re-election of Bill Clinton.
A November 13, 2002 article stated an unemployed British computer administrator successfully hacked American military networks, secretly breaking into scores of nonclassified computer systems, including two inside the Pentagon. Authorities claim this hacking effort was the largest ever.
Even Bill Gates is not immune to hackers and some elected officials want us to believe that Vote-By-Mail is faster and computers unpenetratable? Give me a break. How gullible do these fools think we are?
So when Vote-By-Mail comes to your state or is mandated nationally, you can remember it was FIRST started in Oregon in 1998. Now, you, too, have a reason not to vote. Maybe all states should pass an initiative while there is perhaps still time stating that if less than 50% of the voters turn out to vote, all elections would be determined null and void. Could we be any worse off than we are today? But I suppose some subversive group would then organize and cast ballots for us somehow. What a dilemma?

2002 - Betty Freauf - All Rights Reserved

Betty Freauf is a former Oregon Republican Party activist having served as state party secretary, county chairman, 5th congressional vice chairman and then elected chairman, a precinct worker for many years and twice ran unsuccessfully for the Oregon state legislature. The Republican tradition is to stay neutral in Primary races but in Betty's case, they supported her opponent.  E-Mail: 

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