Soros board member chairs company running online balloting in Utah

1280px-George_Soros_-_World_Economic_Forum_Annual_Meeting_2011A quote that is often — and, some say, falsely — attributed to Josef Stalin, says that “It’s not the people who vote that count. It’s the people who count the votes.”  In this case, however, that saying may have considerable meaning.

On Sunday, Aaron Klein reported at that Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, chairman of the board at Smartmatic Group, “currently serves on the board of George Soros’s Open Society Foundation and has close ties to the billionaire.”

So what, you say.  Why should anyone care?

Turns out that Smartmatic is a UK-based electronic voting firm that will be running the online balloting in the GOP caususes taking place in Utah on Tuesday.

Klein added:

The Wall Street Journal dubbed the Republican party’s online adventure on Tuesday as “one of the biggest online votes conducted so far in the U.S.” and the “largest experiment with online presidential voting since 2004, when Michigan allowed Democrats to vote in a party caucus via the Internet.”

That’s not all.  The WSJ continued:

Utah residents will have the option of casting ballots in the Republican presidential contest using computers, tablets, and smartphones next week. …

Online “polls” will be open between 7:00 a.m. and 11 p.m. on March 22. Voters will get a receipt that will verify that their vote was recorded correctly. The state party declined to release the number of online voter registrations that it has received. …

“We expect all the jurisdictions across the U.S. to take notice and to look at this experience as something to study and, hopefully, follow,” said Antonio Mugica, founder and chief executive of Smartmatic Group, an election-equipment vendor that is running the Utah election.

Klein has much more information about Malloch-Brown, and it’s well worth looking at.

It’s also interesting to note that Soros and his surrogates have given over $700,000 to Ohio Gov. John Kasich in what now looks like a bid to sabotage the GOP nomination process.

Personally, I’d rather just go back to the good, old-fashioned paper and pencil ballot, but that’s just me…

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