Election integrity analyst says Alaska voter rolls are least accurate in the nation

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Douglas Franks, expert on election integrity, presents in Fairbanks. Photo credit: John Mowery.

By GREG SARBER

Election integrity expert Douglas Frank is touring Alaska, where he made recent stops in Fairbanks, Kenai, and Homer. Frank toured Alaska at the invitation of a local group, Cause of America-Alaska, which has the goal of restoring trust in local elections. Frank has given dozens of these presentations around the country and has gained much notoriety.

I was able to attend both of the presentations Frank made on the Kenai Peninsula. It was a whirlwind of election integrity information from around the country and in Alaska. The vast amount of information he presented was quite persuasive.  

Frank said voter fraud exists in Alaska, and verified this claim with supporting information. Alaska has the dirtiest voter rolls in the country, he said, which should be an eye-opener for all of us. Fortunately, Frank also gave some suggestions on what can be done to restore the integrity of our elections.

Frank did not start his career studying election integrity. He has a doctorate in surface analytical chemistry and spent most of his working career as a mathematician and scientist. Because of his reputation in mathematics, he was asked by the Pennsylvania Legislature to study the 2020 election to determine if there was election fraud. Frank made many important findings including:

  1. – There were many phantom voters on the voter rolls in each county.
  2. – These phantom voters were used to influence the election.
  3. – The number of ballots from phantom voters appears to be manipulated by machine algorithms.
  4. – These behaviors can be observed in other states.
  5. – The vote counts were influenced at the county level to achieve a target outcome at the state level.

Needless to say, these conclusions were controversial and brought him much adverse attention from mainstream media who were critical of anybody casting doubt on the 2020 election of Joe Biden.  While many hurried to debunk his findings, one person who listened was Mike Lindell. Lindell is a Donald Trump supporter and has long claimed that there was fraud in the 2020 election.  

After his work in Pennsylvania was completed, Frank joined with Lindell to participate in the election integrity investigations that Lindell had been funding.  Frank put it this way in his introduction: Although he never served in the military, he has been called to serve his country fighting for election integrity in small county-level battlefields around the country.

Frank has visited 47 states and made presentations in over 800 counties. In every state he has visited, he said that if he is granted access to the voter rolls by the governing authority like the secretary of state or lieutenant governor, he can demonstrate examples of voter fraud. This fraud is directly tied to the number of excess voters on the voter rolls.  

Alaska is no different, and it has the distinction of having the dirtiest voter rolls in the country. Frank makes this claim after examining the population data vs. the number of registered voters. Alaska has more registered voters than adults eligible to vote.  

This is not an issue unique to Alaska, six other states also fall into that same category.  Dirty voter rolls are a well-known problem, and every state has them to some extent. Alaska attempts to clean our voter rolls by using a nationwide system called the Electronic Registration Information Center, ERIC for short.  

When an individual dies or moves out of Alaska, the ERIC system is supposed to notify the state so the voter rolls can be cleaned of these ineligible voters.  With a voter roll population 108% greater than the number of adult residents of Alaska, it is clear that the ERIC system has not worked in Alaska.  

Frank points out that dirty voter rolls alone are not a problem. The issue is voter fraud that can arise if an unscrupulous individual takes advantage of the excess voters on a dirty voter roll and submits votes for them. The wide use of absentee ballots in the 2020 election, which was justified by the Covid-19 pandemic, made this type of voter fraud much easier than it had been in the past.  

Frank related a story about his first stop in Juneau where he was able to obtain a copy of the Alaska voter rolls. He examined it for the Douglas precinct and sorted it by voter addresses. He showed many examples of what he alleges could be a sign of voter fraud.  

For several voter addresses, there were multiple people registered to vote there, but they all had different last names. This might have a legitimate explanation, but Franks indicated that this can also be a sign that someone obtained several absentee ballots for ineligible individuals, and then submitted those ballots in the election.  

This might seem implausible, but a Rasmussen Report recently revealed that 20% of the people surveyed who voted by mail said they cast a fraudulent ballot in the 2020 election.

Another problem Frank highlighted was a problem with the security of election counting machines. He related a story about a conversation he had with the secretary of state in another state. The individual indicated that the state had the most secure election system in the country, with an alarm system that would ring on the secretary of state’s phone if anyone tried to hack into the system. 

Frank was given permission to try to hack into the system and within one minute had access to the state’s election database and was able to discover the secretary of state’s official log-in ID and password. Frank then used that information to log on to over 30 Dominion machines around the state and demonstrate how he could manipulate the voter data contained within them. The entire time this demonstration was happening, the secretary of state’s alarm system on his phone never indicated a violation.  

These were the same type of Dominion vote-counting machines we use here in Alaska. Frank made a very clear point that electronic vote-counting machines cannot be trusted.

While the inability to have accurate voter rolls might seem discouraging, Frank gave us the solution. He said to restore integrity to our elections we need to do several things:

  1. – Minimize absentee voting. Only the military and very few other individuals should be allowed to vote this way. The goal should be less than 1% of the vote be taken by absentee ballots.
  2. – Vote on paper ballots. (Alaska is a paper-based ballot system.)
  3. – Eliminate the use of machines to count ballots. Ballots should be hand-counted at the precinct level.

The most important part of his presentation was how to achieve his recommendations. Frank says that there is so much partisanship in all state legislatures that there will never be meaningful reform coming from them. He has talked to many energized state representatives and senators, but they have all been stymied by partisan politics. 

This is a David v. Goliath battle that will need to take place at the grassroots level, Frank said. Local groups must use the tools he provides to document the voter fraud that exists in our local communities. After that is established, we need to present this information at the local borough level to convince local politicians that this is a real issue. This must be done on the record at a borough assembly meeting so that there is official documentation of the fraud. Then we need to use this documented fraud to pressure our borough to implement the changes to our election procedures he recommends.

Greg Sarber is a lifelong Alaskan and a retired petroleum engineer.

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    • Do Nothing Nancy, could care less about the Division of Elections. Just look at the piss poor job she did at DOC. She needs to move on and out.

  1. There is no reason that Alaska needs to remain the state with the most inflated voter rolls. It puts a giant target on our back and helps answer the question “why would someone hack into Alaska’s election database and steal identifying information for 113,000 Alaska voters?”

    It’s fairly straightforward. One reason a criminal actor would do so (and hacking the Division of Elections database without legal authorization is a crime so, by definition, we are talking about criminal actors here) is to establish a credit line of unused votes that can be used in that or future elections.

    Our maintaining a voter roll with excess voters is like having credit on your credit card that you never use. An unscrupulous actor, armed with that information, can use that credit in a future election to ensure the results of an election match their desired outcomes.

    Yes, our current system of elections lacks security. Yes, it leaves our elections vulnerable to abuse. Yes, we must fix this yesterday or continue to live with uncertainty over whether the individuals declared to be elected were actually elected by the legal votes of Alaskans or by those willing to use illegal means (e.g., those 20% surveyed, among others) to impact elections.

    • Where’s the bill? And how about voting fraud being no worse than a parking ticket. If prosecuted at all. Glad you recognize the problem and are in a position to propose change, even though your district is not the worst.

    • Thanks Dave, for pointing this out although I knew our elections are tainted when Peltola stole our Congressional seat. We need people in the legislature willing to force a bill through that effectively bans RCV and mail-in-ballots. That would be a good first step. The machines need to go as well. There is no way any Alaska voting district can prove those machines aren’t flipping votes. How would the voter know? We have no idea what is being programmed into those machines or if anyone is tampering with them during an election.

  2. Alaska voters (those few who bother to vote) approved an initiative in 2016 to register all adult permanent fund applicants. By the next election the number of registered voters exceeded the number of eligible residents.

    Something is fishy, here. Does this mean there are a lot of phantom registered voters or a lot of phantom PFD applicants?

    How hard should it be to compare the two lists and clean up the voter list accordingly?

  3. > With a voter roll population 108% greater than the number of adult residents of Alaska

    Yeah, that’s a big problem.

    How about we tabulate all the votes in one 24 hour period as a starter.

    France tabulates all votes globally and they count all their empire (and it is not a small one- from France to Africa to the Americas to the South Pacific) in one 24 period. There is no reason it can it be done here.

  4. Alaska has a transient population and results in lots of people registered to vote in different locations. Voter fraud (people voting twice) is very rare and the penalties are high. Since Republican’s have been in the minority claims of voter fraud has been a common ploy to deligitimize elections. ERIC costs Alaska about $15,000 /year to participate. A small sum to clean up transient voters who are registered in more than one location, many Red States have elected not to participate. Mr Frank failed to connect the dots between phantom votes, algorithims and machine counting. He fails to mention the $850 Million payout from Fox to Dominion regarding electronic counting. MSB in their wisdom will be doing hand counting, which is proven to be less accurate.

    • Mr. Frank also decided it was a good idea to join forces with Mike Lindell. If that isn’t the epitome of poor decision making I don’t know what is!

    • What is the source of your crazy ideas? You are consistently inconsistent with no facts. Artificial unintelligence.

  5. Maybe we should change the process around. Instead of registering to vote via PFD, how about no PFD unless you vote. Then tie it to the blockchain

    • Don’t feel lonely. It now seems to take days. Maybe it has to become irrelevant first. Like calling someone by voice landline and they call you back the following days wanting to know what you wanted. Wanted to tell you that your house was on fire….sorry you couldn’t be bothered.

  6. One thing is for sure, I have ZERO confidence, and trust, in Anchorage’s mail-in ballot system, which is simply ripe for corruption and manipulation. As it was designed to be, I have no doubt.

  7. With mail in voting and a secret vote tabulation building on the outskirts of town, Juneau cannot have a fair election. Add to this voter apathy and we’re swarming with Liberals, many fairly new residents from down south.

    • We’ve been outnumbered for years. And unless I’ve missed something, our population has been in decline for years as well.

      I’m no fan of mail in voting nobody asked for, but in person or mail in the results are the same. The well to do liberals want champagne socialism.

  8. Repeating Doug Frank’s incorrect statements does not make them true. The simple claim that Alaska has the worst dirty voter roll is unfounded. His basis is Alaskan voting age population. Alaska law permits a voter to move out of state and retain their registration if the voter intends to return to Alaska. I retained my registration in 1988 when i left Alaska and maintained it until I returned in 1994. Thousands of military, college students and others maintain their Alaskan voter registration and vote an absentee by mail ballot in elections. Many elections have been decided by the ballots cast by our properly registered Alaska Voters.

    • So tell us, how educated did you remain on local issues while living outside for so many years. I realize why military choose to become residents during an assignment here (PFD, no taxes), but it hardly qualifies them to vote in local politics. Most drop their residency upon retirement from the military. Most never buy property or maintain a local address in Alaska. It was a nice gift to the military when this was enacted but since then it has been tied to vote registration, which is stupid. And if the military member chooses not to vote in local elections, don’t worry; someone will do it for you.

  9. Further evidence the left doesn’t trust voters or believes in honest democracy.
    Like women’s rights, they give it lip service, but no actual effort.

  10. ERIC is a voter registration information service that provides data to each state in their network. When a voter appears to be registered in another state, Alaska Division of Elections is required by state law to seek that voter’s approval to remove that voter from the Alaska voter roll. If the voter does NOT reply, the voter stays on the Alaska voter roll.

    Only death notifications and voter statements may cancel an Alaska voter registration.

  11. 12 years ago i was an election worker in Homer. I remember then seeing names on the voter roll that I knew for fact had moved elsewhere and/or died. I don’t live there any more, and maybe my name is still on that roll. How would I know? As long as democrats are in control, nothing will be done to clean up our voter rolls or anything related to the election process

  12. Doug Frank has another conclusion that is not fact based: Do not use machines to count ballots. Hand counts are the only way to tally ballots.

    The Alaska Division of Elections does numerous hand counts to verify the machine tallies. For example, one precinct ballot box in each district for EACH election is hand counted to confirm the machine count.
    The recount of the 2020 Ballot Measure #2 vote had a complete hand recount with observers from interested parties monitoring that recount. The Synder vs. Pruitt 2020 State House Race had a full hand recount of all ballots to confirm Synder’s 11 vote win for 9581 ballots cast.

    The machines produce a valid count and have done so for decades.
    When counting technology takes its next step, Alaska Elections should upgrade to best available technology to count paper ballots.

  13. MBitsko suggests that the registered voter population exceeded Alaska’s voting age population in 2017 after PFD registration started.
    During the 2001 Redistricting Process, I observed that the Alaska registered voter population exceeded Alaska’s voting age population in 2001.

    Why?
    Alaska law allows a voter to remain on its vote roll if they intent to return to Alaska in the future. Major applicable groups: Military personnel, college students, family needs and work/training assignments.

  14. Referencing Lindell as anything but the Loon that he is does this article no good. Zero proof of fraud provided in this article; the same for all the whiney snowflakes that can’t accept that the Dear Leader lost to a feckless dolt like Biden. Get out and vote instead of bitching.

    • “Zero proof of fraud” only to those radical leftist ostriches who refuse to pull their smug but clueless heads from the sand of corporate media propaganda and lies.

  15. Perhaps the Lt Governor should work to fix this before trying to convince Alaskans she is the right person to send to Congress

  16. These statements I believe are factual. Now it’s time to take the advice of those who have the facts. There is zero harm to follow the guidance. Now Governor and Lt Governor, do what you know is right. Do it now.

  17. Just wondering, with the numerous supporters of the new system, what skin they have in the game? What could possibly be wrong with installing safeguards for those who suspect otherwise? This could be done at little expense so what could be the reason for trying so hard to dismiss even taking a serious look at it? If the intent is really to encourage more people to vote then give them reason to have confidence that it will be counted.

  18. Not seeing it. Definitely Dr Frank (PhD in chemistry) sealed his fate when he collaborated with Mike Lindell (pillow salesman). Google Douglas Frank elections and there’s plenty of conflicting information about this guy. Who doesn’t say that a snake oil salesman puts on a good show? But, the issue is not him, the bearer of so-called bad news; it’s his snake oil that is the problem. I recall the expose on Mike Lindell (the pillow salesman) in which he attempted to show the mysterious result of counter-hacking voting machines. One suspects that somone in league with the devil is up to no good. I think, that if Dr Frank had traveled further north than Anchorage, say up to Kotzebue, 70 years ago, he could’ve received a hand-signed certificate from Wien Air that he’d crossed the Arctic Circle, and gone home a happy man.

      • First, the definition of fraud: “wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain. Similar words are: scam, ruse, hoax, con, rip off, wile, kite. Also, fraud is defined as, “a person or thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities”.
        Words of four letters or less, for those that look at words and think ‘coleslaw’; what Mr Frank says is his own view with his own use of the data. He went to the cold land. He gave his show and tell. Now he can go home with joy in his core, but he can not show harm or sham was done.

      • First, the definition of fraud: “wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain. Similar words are: scam, ruse, hoax, con, rip off, wile, kite. Also, fraud is defined as, “a person or thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities”.
        Words of four letters or less, for those that look at words and think ‘coleslaw’; this is his own view with his own use of the data. He gave his show and tell in a cold land. He can go home with joy in his core, but he did not show harm or sham was done.

    • So why are you not willing to have it fact checked by a neutral source? Do you sleep well with your money spread out on your kitchen table?

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