Jonathan Simon spoke, not only on the facts and history of computerized election fraud - which he described as a "rolling coup" - but also on the difficult challenge of maintaining optimism in the face of the massive inertia that he and other election integrity activists have faced. He spoke of the clear need for a mass movement in protection of democracy against the forces of anti-democracy.
After Simon's frank and sobering talk, Virginia Martin, Co-Election Commissioner of Columbia County, NY, described her own very positive experience, working with a Republican co-commissioner, to assure 100% hand-counted, completely transparent, observable audits of voted ballots since optical-scan voting machines were introduced in her county, providing a national model for optical-scan using jurisdictions nationwide.
All three speakers then responded to numerous questions from the audience. Of particular interest was the potential for the use of Ms. Martin's auditing technique nationally and the enormous potential to ally "traditional" groups working against voter suppression with the election integrity movement.