WAVE and/or Liberty Tree Secrecy and Incompetance

Four months ago The Wave announced an audit of the June 5 Recall Election

Posted August 16 “The WAVE’s John Doe Investigation of Your Vote”

An organization called The Wave is conducting an audit of the vote count in the June 5 Recall Election – Oh…it is a secret, just like the target of the John Doe investigation. In the case of The Wave audit – the secrecy is self imposed for little good reason other than not allowing details of anomalies to be made public before a time the leaders see fit. The Wave’s self imposed secrecy works to the detriment of the stated goal, since the light at the end of the tunnel of any findings of anomalies is to demonstrate how our current system offers voters no transparency. Yet, the Wave chooses to operate in a veil of secrecy every bit as suspect, closed, and proprietary as the process they hope to defeat!

The Audit is NOT a John Doe Investigation

The target is known; to verify the vote against the certified count. There is no power to grant immunity in the “investigation”. The expectation of accountability for donated funds is just as important in the audit effort as any other publicly supported cause. The decision to frame the “audit” as an “investigation” , and therefore, rationalize holding any results until the “said investigation” is complete, belongs to the operatives of the Wave. By the time the information is gotten together in an appropriate manner for public scrutiny, chances are, no one will care.

Read The WAVE’s John Doe Investigation of Your Vote

Somehow “The Wave” morphed into “The Liberty Tree Foundation”

The new morphed organization sent out an email on September 19

Two months ago Liberty Tree’s Wisconsin Wave project began an historic hand-count of ballots from the June 5th gubernatorial recall election.

What we have found so far includes:
Inconsistent and tamper-prone methods of securing ballot bags
Widespread use of unverifiable touch screen machines in a state where these devices are officially designated as handicap accessible equipment only
And most disturbingly, a number of counties where our hand-counts of paper optiscan ballots often differed from election night totals.

To complete this vital campaign we need your support right now!
(The “Donate” button above has been disabled for good reason)

Adam Porton
National Director

The email goes on to say:

“Finishing up counts in other high priority counties where discrepancies have been found. The bigger our data set, the more complete our picture of these problems will be.
Compiling what percentage of Wisconsin voters used unverifiable touch-screen voting machines. Unbelievably, this information is not compiled by the state election authority, and so normally is not available to the public (or anyone for that matter).”s

After months NOTHING NEW

Thanks, but we knew all of this.

People working outside the Liberty Wave Tree discovered these anomalies, conducted recounts, and painstakingly examined spread sheets, while Liberty Wave Tree would not share a shred of information on the audit or even the logistics; in which county or on what day they were scheduled to count ballots. As a result of the veil of secrecy people have been working at cross purposes.

You will notice that the email is worded with all the finesse of a professional fund raiser and punctuated by the ever present “Donate” button. Yet, the Liberty Wave Tree has never publicly reported how much money was raised or how it was spent. Not a word. Meanwhile other organizations were conducting audits paying for their own gas, and giving of their time with no “Donate” button.

The final blow – rather then help, they have set back Election Integrity by months

The Wave Liberty Tree folks required volunteers to sign confidentiality agreements not to reveal any information gained from audit counts. The reason? To protect County Clerks and in the interest of forming a trustworthy relationship. Well, it seems that backfired as well.

A source outside Wave/Liberty Tree has discovered that incompetence has permanently damaged the relationship of county clerks regarding Open Records requests:

A clerk said that there have been a number of clerks who’ve complained about the fact that the WAVE will actually schedule dates to come in and then they simply do not show up. According to this clerk, they’ve done this in at last three counties that she knows of. And apparently, in a couple of those situations, they’ve called back to reschedule and have then failed to show up for the rescheduled date. In at least one instance, because the County Clerk knew the count was going to be so big and she wanted to prepare for it, she had two of her staffers cancel their vacations, only to have WAVE not show up.

Outagamie County was alleged to have taken over 8 days and the Clerk there indicated that she regretted having cooperated with them.

Stop The Secrecy

It is time for Wave/Liberty Tree to come forth with any findings of anomalies in the June 5 Recall Election and make them public. They owe the hundreds of volunteers who are working outside their veil of secrecy an accounting for their fund raising efforts.


2 thoughts on “WAVE and/or Liberty Tree Secrecy and Incompetance

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