Local Action Updates
We The People have the Freedom and Right to voice our concerns and beliefs. You'll find this section of our website is where we post talking points from speaking and/or attending city and county public meetings. Our group has been taking advantage of public comment time to address our local county commissions. Remember, these government officials are employed by us, the taxpayers.
May 3, 2022 Minnehaha County Commissioners Meeting
Public Comment started in the first few minutes of the meeting. Four people spoke regarding election issues. Cindy asked the commissioners "Where is the proof that there was no fraud during our elections"? She also said, "We have PROOF vote tabulating machines are programmed from the beginning and throughout the election process by the machine manufacturers."
Theresa spoke of federal and local funding for DS850 voting machines and there is money available to ensure secure voting processes. Why is this not spoken of by commissioners? Theresa also spoke of memory card vulnerabilities due to limited space for ballot information per card and chain of custody issues. Gary spoke of the 2000 Mules movie, and seeking truth while looking for malicious activities for our 2020 and 2022 elections. This includes not entrusting voting machine manufacturers mostly due the 'invisible' activity within voting machines. Leah repeatedly asked "Who oversees the auditor?" The SD Secretary of States opinion is the commission oversees the auditor, and did not know to assume this responsibility. Who will oversee the current auditor as he too is on the ballot this election cycle?
April 26, 2022 Minnehaha County Commissioners Meeting
The SD Canvassing Group attended the April 26th, 2022 Minnehaha County Commission meeting and used public comment time to address the commission on the April 19 presentation by Auditor Ben Kyte, and comments made by Kyte and commission members in regards to the SD Canvassing Group. Ten members of the group attended the meeting and seven addressed the commission. In Kyte's April 19 presentation he made multiple comments about the organization and the disinformation presented. First half hour of this meeting video addresses the information coming from the auditor's office and commissioners.
At 1:37:00 Commissioner Barth states his feelings of having to listen to public comment.
April 19, 2022 Minnehaha County Commissioners Meeting
Group member Theresa Pesce attended the April 19 commission meeting and addressed the commission at public comment time. She played video of 2018 concerns about voting machines. She also addressed the commission on the expense of the machines. Towards the end of the agenda, Auditor Ben Kyte's agenda item "Audit Report" was used for a half hour presentation on elections. He used that time to accuse the SD Canvassing Group of disinformation spreading, and Commissioner Barth's comments were recorded on video. Our group has been requesting an agenda item for month's to discuss election integrity and has been denied. It would have been more transparent of the Auditor's office to list the presentation on the agenda. Theresa spoke at 1:30 - 6:40. Ben Kyte spoke 1:04:00 - 1:26:00.
March 15, 2022 Minnehaha County Commissioners Meeting
Minnehaha County Commissioners Meeting Cindy spoke (starting minute 6:30) to the commissioners regarding the lack of support from at the county level regarding election integrity, and invited the committee to the Dr Frank Event on Election Integrity, the upcoming week on March 21st. This event you may have attended. Cindy continued on specifically requesting 'clean-up of the voter rolls' citing a specific example of how inaccurate and outdated the voter rolls are: When we canvass homes we have on-hand current South Dakota voter rolls. Our first canvass day, February 5th, a homeowner stated that a person listed as a resident did not live there for 11 years, SD Canvassing discovered this non-resident was registered (I repeat, at that home address) and voted in the 2020 presidential election! No reaction from the commissioners. Nor did any of them show up at the Election Integrity Event.
March 1, 2022 Minnehaha County Commissioners Meeting
Theresa Pesce, in summary stated at minute 2:00: Absentee Voting and Ballot Box may lead to invalid votes being counted. Some specific talking points were: ~ Ballot harvesting by third parties who have been know to tamper with ballots then replace them in an actual voter envelope, ~ Forged ballot signatures can be accidentally be verified to match a ballot envelope (workers of the auditor/election office are asked to verify signature matches, rather than having a signature expert examine the documents), ~ South Dakota election laws having gaps that offer vulnerable people (like the elderly) to be coerced into handing over their ballot to people who may alter, ~ Minnehaha plans to put a Ballot Box with security camera surveillance on Minnesota Avenue making ballot harvesting easily available to the repeat drive-by offenders. Security cameras are breakable and poor deterrent for smart criminals (including those with covid masks). ~ There's more but let's stop here. Public Comment is 5 minutes, part 2 regarding Ballot Boxes / Honest Elections will continue at the next Minnehaha County Meeting March 15th . We are all welcome to attend and to speak at these meetings.
February 1, 2022 Minnehaha County Commissioners Meeting
Also, the county website now offers documentation regarding specific information including dollars spent (go to RECENT EVENT for the meeting date, in far right area hit the arrow and choose PACKET).
Cindy represented SD Canvassing speaking to the County Commissioners and Auditor during her Public Comment began at meeting minute 2:40. Her focus was specific: NOT to utilize Voter Ballot Drop Boxes for our upcoming 2022 Election Cycle. This includes no voter ballot drop boxes anywhere in the county, as well as the two designated voter ballot drop boxes planned to be located at the Minnehaha Adimistration Building address.
Gary followed up speaking to the County Commissioners regarding a local newspaper's article inappropriate and inaccurate information regarding SD Cavassing. Gary stating SD Canvassing talks and writings are based facts, his talk ended at meeting minute 8:50.
Also, during Agenda minutes: the Minnehaha County Auditor, Ben Kyte, spoke regarding our 2022 Voter Redistricting and Precinct changes (meeting minutes 9:00 to 18:50).
Jan 18, 2022 Minnehaha County Commissioners Meeting
Theresa Pesce, in summary stated at minute 2:15: Local grassroots in our Sioux Falls area are concerned of updating voter roll database which includes a legal registered voter's name with corresponding address. Apparent gaps in the South Dakota election and voter laws, in addition to the lack of follow-up of the voter-to-address verification process by County Auditor/Election Office. SD Canvassing Group examined voter rolls noting some of the findings were very noticable if someone took time to carefully read the data; numerous (even thousands) voter names with addresses showing as; empy lots, campgrounds, retail stores, virtual offices, the list continues. Most likely more invalid names with addresses will continue as redistricting within precincts is coming to South Dakota– more likely causing more confusion for voters and causing election offices to update voter rolls that they could keep track of already. Jessica Pollema in summary stated at minute 6:20: “Heritage Foundation @ www.heritage.org which gave each states score on their election score card. The state voter laws were analyzed and given a grade based on how well they protect the integrity and security of the election process. I was surprised to see South Dakota received 62/100 for a failing grade.” Jessica's brief and specific talking points were in regards to 1) Drop Boxes, 2) Voter Registration Database is outdated /contains false information, 3) Election Electronic Equipment connections may be hacked via internet, 4) Voting Machines that use Electronic Tabulators have questionable security measures, 5) Electronic Poll Books may break down causing longer wait time in poll lines, and the lack vital security requirements causing real-time 'manipulation' of our voting process, may include but not limited to; loss of our local election supervision, and/or voter personal indentity being 'stolen.
Dec 28, 2021 Minnehaha County Commissioners Meeting
My election talking points, started speaking at minute 4:55 during this week's 5 minute Public Comment: Policy makers communication 'being honest and open' which includes improving the communication outlets with people they represent. Usually meeting information is 'easily' found on their website, or you can call that office for information and newspaper sources. There needs to be more efficient means of COMMUNICATION regarding county policies and money allocated to enact these policies – especially, for those taxpayers who want to know where the money is being allocated BEFORE the funds are spent. Today, my 5 minute Public Comment time ended with Commissioners reminding me this is not time for asking them questions, just for me to talk and my questions may be better answered by the County Auditor, addressing the Commissioners as an Agenda item or meeting, My take on it....My points were heard – that was my mission of the day...Improve communication with the community because the current methods do not seem to be enough. (Here's an example for you – electronic election equipment that was approved by the South Dakota Secretary of State and then accepted by our county officials, this equipment which falls under the list of items within the Election Cycle 2022 Budget. FYI: Minnehaha Election budget has been increased from $371,414 in 2018 to $830,230 for 2022. Did you know about this?) After the meeting I was told there are specific 'budget meetings open to the public' throughout the year so that we can listen to proposed spending and voice our concerns (I'll get you more specific information on that in a future post).
Election 2022 update also this meeting: Minnehaha County Auditor, Ben Kyte, offered a verbal and visual agenda 'briefing' regarding current "Legislative Redistricting Process,” his main issue presented was how VOTER REGISTRATION and new CHANGE of DISTRICTS may impact voting processes including which representatives are within a specific district. This may affect 50% of voters. His agenda talk starts at minute 31:45 then ends with discussion of how to 'communicate' this information to voters.
Today's meeting concluded with Commissioners discussing 'communicating with the community.' It will be up to us to make that happen...Together we all are able to make people accountable in their service to our community – after all, our society is based on being of service to each other.