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Election Transparency in Bergen County

I am glad to announce that today marks an important step towards transparency in our elections. I am withdrawing my litigation, as the Bergen County board of elections has now forked over scans of the “ballot test decks” that were used for logic and accuracy testing of the tabulation equipment during the 2022 general election. Not only that but they agreed to pay my attorney $3,539.84 as part of the settlement, without admitting to any wrongdoing. They initially made the absurd claim that disclosure would somehow “jeopardize computer security for future elections.” We need more transparency, and less “secrecy” with regard to every aspect of our elections.

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly call for the immediate resignation of Debra M. Francica, the Bergen County superintendent of elections. In my opinion she should resign for misleading the public into believing logic and accuracy tests would be done on a specific day and available for public viewing, when in fact almost all the tests were done in secret without the possibility of public observation in gross violation of New Jersey law. She further failed to test for overvotes as required by law. Additionally she failed to test every candidate, on every machine, with a different amount of test votes, which is required by law to determine if the count is being recorded properly. The excuse given was that the “software” was being tested, and not every machine needed to be fully tested, which I believe is a distortion of New Jersey law which requires that all equipment be tested publicly. For example tabulator 15 that was used at the Richard Rodda Center in Teaneck for early voting, only had 20 test ballots tested on it, while the machine had to be able to tabulate 70 different races, (anyone from the entire Bergen County with 70 municipalities can vote at any early voting site in the county), which meant that many races were not tested including Teaneck’s race. How ironic is that? The results of the test were all zero for Teaneck’s candidates, because they were not tested on the equipment being used right here in Teaneck!!!!

Every citizen, whether Democrat, Republican, Independent, or other, should want the election system to be fair, honest, open and transparent. The way forward is with pen, paper, voter ID, single day voting, no mail-ins other than military or disabled, and a hand count at the local level. We all must get more involved and learn about the election process, and ensure that our sacred vote is being counted with the utmost integrity.

Yehuda Miller

Teaneck Republican Municipal Committee Member

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