Wisconsin Assembly Candidate Challenges GAB on Free Speech Violations

The GAB says this is now a felony. I’ll challenge them.

The Wisconsin Government Accountability board is the agency in charge of enforcing election based rules in Wisconsin. Kevin Kennedy, the Director, used to lobby for Accenture systems and, in 2005, came under harsh scrutiny for offering Accenture a $13.9 million contract for a project Minnesota completed for under $5 million. Additionally, Kennedy has stated that it is a felony for any poll worker to hand count ballots to verify the machines as it “takes away from the confidence in the voting machines.” Furthermore, some of Wisconsin’s election integrity activists have been told they will be handed out felony chargesif they continue simply requesting that county and city clerks hand count the ballots to verify the machines.

While it is true the GAB is supposed to be non-partisan, it is not a stretch to think anyone would want to protect a former employer. Accenture Systems was bought out, by ES&S, but many of the same people are still on board. It would also not be a stretch to think Kennedy may have actual money in ES&S due to his loyal work for Accenture. Many people have wondered if Kevin Kennedy is truly non-partisan. There are signs to point either direction, both sides of the political spectrum have asked for his resignation. Perhaps the reason he can play the non-partisan card is that he truly is, but has a vested interest in making sure the election systems stay as proprietary and insecure as they are. This would, in fact, explain a whole lot and put Kennedy not on a partisan spectrum, yet simply on the side of whomever is screwing the elections. If people found out how insecure our machines really are, Kennedy may be out some money. Or even worse, Accenture could be holding something (a dirty secret perhaps) over his head threatening to release it if he doesn’t continue to protect their bottom dollar. While we don’t know for sure what Kennedy’s motives are, protecting ES&S does not seem like much of a stretch.

Yesterday, on May 26, Kevin Kennedy made an announcement. The announcement was that posting your ballot on Facebook or Twitter is a Class I Felony. That’s right folks, posting your ballot online can now be considered a felony. The law is Wisconsin State Statute 12.13(F) and it states:

(f) Shows his or her marked ballot to any person or places a mark upon the ballot so it is identifiable as his or her ballot.

The intent of the law was to make it so people could not “sell” their votes. Some may say Kennedy is just reminding people of the law. He is not, in fact, reminding them of the law, he is strategically bringing out a red herring. Not a single person has been prosecuted under this law in the state. It is, in fact, a law many would call invalid due to a person’s First Amendment rights to free speech. But the issue goes deeper than that. It is a power grab intended to eliminate any shred of ability to show who voted for whom. Many elections have passed since this law was put in place. Never once has the GAB even mentioned it. The intimidation, however, seems to have worked. Both the Democratic Party of Wisconsin State Chair, Mike Tate and St. Croix County GOP Chairman Jesse Garza both removed pictures of their ballots upon finding out it may be illegal.

While the problem here is the GAB and intimidation tactics, there are also raised First Amendment concerns. When I get my ballot I assume that it is mine. It is my right to make any political statements I so well choose, even if that means proudly displaying my ballot for all to see. It is MY ballot, not the GAB’s and it is important now more than ever to stand up for this. With elections about as insecure as a paper lockbox, we need to be able to make the choice as to whether or not we want to post our ballots. The more power grabs we respond to, as Tate and Garza did, the less secure our elections become. I have decided to fight back. I posted a picture of my ballot (absentee) and encourage you all to look at it. I also took the liberty of filing a complaint against myself which you can find here. Surely if the GAB wants to bring the law up they must plan on enforcing it.  This law is unjust and threatens our very freedoms.  It has to be challenged.

With rights violations at an all time high and many police and government agencies making power grabs, it is up to us to stand against this. I am perfectly willing to go on trial for felonies, and argue this law as unconstitutional. So far I have been to court for over thirty-two arrests, one was a conviction, one was awarded in default (multiple court dates a week and you’re bound to forget one). Every single other offense I have been arrested for has been dismissed, over thirty arrests dismissed because they were unconstitutional. I am sure this one will follow suit. We must be ever vigilant as we continue fighting their many attacks.

One day longer! One day stronger!

Jeremy Ryan

jryan@jeremyryan.net

www.jeremyryan.net

Segway Jeremy Ryan has become a full-time member of the protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Formerly a businessman, he gave up his business to join the fight for the middle class in the State of Wisconsin. He rides a Segway due to a heart condition. Through videos and writings he has informed hundreds of thousands of people about what was going on at the Wisconsin State Capitol once the mainstream media had mostly abandoned the protests. He has been arrested over 31 times for silently filming or holding up a sign in the Capitol.  He is also running for Wisconsin State Assembly in the 76th District.

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2 thoughts on “Wisconsin Assembly Candidate Challenges GAB on Free Speech Violations

  1. [UpDated COUNT-DOWN]~If you missed this, important ‘stuff’ 4u2-READ

    [Please PASS ALONG to FRIENDS, Relatives, Neighbors or ANYONE who NEEDS to know]

    THINK ‘Outside’ The BOX,,,11 DAYS to Go for ALL 5 Wisconsin RECALL ELECTIONS !

    [FRI, 05-25-12] ~Two weeks ago Friday night [05-11th] on Wisconsin PUBLIC TV’s, “HERE & NOW” on Frederica Freyberg’s program, Mordecai Lee, UW-Milwaukee, Political Science Professor, projected that a whopping $100,000,000.00 [MILLION] Dollars will be spent in Wisconsin’s 5 RECALL ELECTIONS~when it is ‘all said & done’.
    Isn’t this Totally INSANE, or WHAT?!

    They’re just gonna ‘blip all this MONEY thru the air’ & it just gets blown away. ~Never to be thought of, or remembered again, ~just a few short days later!

    Last I read in last week’s “Wisconsin State Journal” was that ALL the DEMOCRATS in the Primary COMBINED raised a grand total of about $2 Million. WALKER had about $25 MILLION at this juncture. Now, JUST~look at the predicted $100 MILLION figure! ~Where is OUR Democracy headed?

    [NEWS ‘FLASH’ last Sunday] In addition, there’s now a ‘CALL’ by the National ‘TEA PARTY Patriots’ based in Georgia to “Flood Wisconsin” w/masses of TPR-Volunteers,,, just what we need,,, ~This kind of effort COSTS ‘Big -Bucks’ to transport, house, feed, etc~ But, hey,,, THE TPR’s have lots of the 1%’s MONEY to get it done. $100 MILLION Dollars~NO Problemo! Dick Armey & Jim DeMint can handle that.

    WHERE & HOW is ALL this MONEY being spent? ~In my opinion, it ISN’T ALL intended for Political ADVERTISING on TV, Radio, Print, Direct Mail, & Billboards. ~NOT Even close!

    ~PUT ON Your ‘Thinkiing CAPS’, once again! [FYI~] The Global, MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS don’t just deal in HARD DRUG trafficking any more. They are NOW, one of the LARGEST ‘HACKER’ GROUPS permeating the internet today with intent to STEAL Your MONEY & others.

    They’ve hired the best technical engineers MONEY can BUY & making EVEN MORE Billions with ease. They ‘HACK’ Software! And, they’re JUST ONE of thousands of ‘hacker groups’ scattered world-wide!

    And last week, according to Computer World Security magazine & SOPHOS’ Anti-Virus Newsletter [London, UK], a”teenager’ in Belgium ‘hacked’ into a Belgium BANK’s software & STOLE ALL their Customers’ Identities. He demanded $75,000 in CASH or he would EXPOSE them all on the internet. Luckily, this caper was foiled. A teenager. [Al Capone would have a ‘hay-day’ today, huh?]

    In yesterday’s SOPHOS’s Security Newletter, they published an article about a Russian ‘HACKER’ who was finally nabbed in ARMENIA after a long effort to find him. All he received as punishment was 4 YEARS in jail. He’ll be BACK! He had 30 MILLION COMPUTERS ‘hijacked’ from around the world & controlled a massive ‘BOTNET’ that spewed global SPAM to MILLIONS & MILLIONS of computers day & night. BOTNET netted MILLIONS of pure profit! [NO GUNS needed~Capone’s tongue would be hangin’ out.]

    ~Still ANOTHER ‘BREAK In’ yesterday at our own Department of JUSTICE [DOJ] in Washington, DC. Authors claimed to be the famous, world-wide, threat GROUP known as ANONYMOUS. They stole ALL ‘personal data information’ on one of the DOJ’s computer servers & threaten to use it,,,story still developing at this writing.

    BTW~SIGN UP is FREE to get SOPHOS’ Newsletter in your INBOX & get educated about SECURITY using the Internet. YOU & your family need to know. ~Go to: http://www.sophos.com

    MY POINT with ‘all the above’ is~ So,,, do you still think OUR precious ‘VOTING Machines & OUR SOFTWARE can’t be ‘HACKED’? ~Better think again, folks!

    NEXT Up ,,, IN just 11 Days ,,, Wisconsin’s 5-RECALL ELECTIONS for us, ~ ‘We the People’!
    ~Call UNION CAB @ 608-242-2000 for-FREE RT/Ride to VOTE today! ~EARLY Voting HAS Started!

    AMERICA~ [Including WISCONSIN’s] VOTING ‘Machines’ & the counting ‘SOFTWARE’ that produces the WINNERS are at risk of FRAUD ,,, not only in my opinion, but by many notable others who’ve researched & published books. However, the general public is basically unaware & our mainstream MEDIA outlets & political PARTIES IGNORE it. WHY? If this is ALL a FARCE, just PROOVE it~ REASSURE us ~& this issue will just evaporate! WON’T it? All AMERICANS ‘need to know’ if their VOTE is COUNTED for the person they voted for. ~PERIOD!

    ~All ACROSS AMERICA, this initiative should be to IMMEDIATELY examine, TEST, & SECURE our ‘computer technology’ for FAIR, ACCURATE, Voting RESULTS. This can ONLY be achieved by employing ONLY our best & brightest, software engineers at EVERY VOTING location to begin this critical ‘ballot protection’ effort. [Before, During, and AFTER] tabulations & verifications on Election Day.

    MAYBE the DNC can FUND this ‘VOTE-FRAUD’ Project? At the heart of OUR VOTING ‘MACHINES’ is the ‘voting software’s ~”SOURCE CODES”. ALL ELECTION Poll Sites & ALL VOTING Machines/Software everywhere needs TESTING & SECURITY Checks for validating & absolute, ‘HACK-Proof’ Protection ~NOW! ~BEFORE, JUNE 5th, NOT, after the fact! [Skip a couple TV Ad ‘Flights’ or DIRECT MAIL ‘Fundraising’ Letters to FELLOW DEMOCRATS ~ We ARE the CHOIR & We are OUT of MONEY!]

    All Americans deserve ‘FRAUD FREE ELECTIONS’ with the GUARANTEE that their ‘Vote REALLY Counts’ for the person it was intended. SPEND some ‘Political AD MONEY’ NOW,,, GET it DONE, b/4 it’s too late!

    ,,, 11 DAYS~ THERE’s NO Time to WASTE~ [Too much time’s been squandered already] ~Too many ELECTIONS LOST, that shouldn’t have been. Get the ‘Powers-At-Be’ MOVING & the ‘Technical TEAMS’ dispersed ~ Yes, NATIONWIDE, what DO YOU THINK ? ,,,duhh!

    ~NO MORE ‘Vote Count CORRUPTION”; NO MORE ‘Gore-vs-Bush’ 2000, ‘hanging chads’; ‘Kerry-vs-Bush’ 2004, w/’Swift-Boat SLIME ADS’; ~and then~ How MANY of OUR [WI] State & Local ELECTIONS in between have been corrupted with VOTE FRAUD? [Kloppenberg VS Prosser, State Supreme Court Race] ~DON’T Drop The BALL Now!

    The ‘WALKER-Dude’ w/$25 MILLION Dollars in his pocket to try & ‘brain-wash’ us with LIES? ~ Now, its added up WRONG! ~Professor Mordecai LEE projects $100 MILLION DOLLARS for the ELECTIONS ~ There’s hardly words for this description any more. Is there?

    NOTHING EVER gets DONE about ‘MONEY In Politics’ or OUR ‘VOTE FRAUD’ Issue!

    Constantly, our ‘BEST-Brain-TRUSTS’ from around the country predict CLOSE ELECTIONS, so~We can’t afford NOT to PROTECT our VOTES! ,,, reminder ,,, [They DON’T have to ‘HACK’ them ALL,,,Just A FEW KEY ones in KEY AREAS to WIN] [Sorta like Waukesha COUNTY finding some EXTRA, Uncounted’ BALLOT BOXES in Brookfield ~days after election.]

    ,,,The TIME is UP!

    ~Get AMERICA’s ‘best & brightest’, Technical TEAMS dispersed NOW, ~like today already! America has over 2,500 Universities to tap, so let’s get at it. As Ed SCHULTZ always says on his MSNBC-TV Show opener ,,,”Let’s GET to WORK”!

    This should be OUR #1 PRIORITY, In WISCONSIN & Our NATION ~Now,,,today,,,immediately ,,, Demand YOUR VOTE is Accurate, Secured, & Counted FOR the person[s] you chose! Otherwise, it ALL could be for ‘NAUGHT’~ Nada!

    * CALL UNION CAB 4-FREE RT/VOTE Ride today ~ 608-242-2000 ~ http://www.unioncab.com *

  2. Investigate HOW Kevin Kennedy became Director of GAB & what did he do for employment in his career, as well as politically, before that?

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