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:
- – There were many phantom voters on the voter rolls in each county.
- – These phantom voters were used to influence the election.
- – The number of ballots from phantom voters appears to be manipulated by machine algorithms.
- – These behaviors can be observed in other states.
- – 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:
- – 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.
- – Vote on paper ballots. (Alaska is a paper-based ballot system.)
- – 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.