Sharon Meroni One West Surrey Lane Info@DefendtheVote.

com 847-382-1100 December 14, 2011 Rahm Emanuel: Mayor of Chicago City Hall 121 N. LaSalle Street Chicago, Il 60602 Langdon D. Neal, Chairman Richard A. Cowen, Secretary/Commissioner Marisel A. Hernandez, Commissioner Lance Gough, Executive Director Chicago Board of Elections: 69 W. Washington Street, Suites 600/800 Chicago, IL 62708 Dear Mayor, Chicago Board of Directors, and Executive Director: Defend the Vote is an Illinois not-for-profit, non-partisan organization with the mission to empower citizens to protect elections. An important aspect of our activity involves evaluation of security protocols in place to protect the integrity of the vote. In April 2011, along with Champion News, we conducted a µvulnerability assessment and security audit¶ of the Chicago Board of Election¶s Election Day security procedures. Our findings document serious flaws in the election system. We evaluated 239 polling places on 11 security measures which were taken out of the 2011 Illinois (and Chicago) Election Judge Training Guide. 215 (91%) precincts failed in one or more measures. 139 (59%) precincts were documented with unsealed ballot boxes. Our report summarizing this audit was peer reviewed and published in Argonne National Laboratory¶s October 2011 edition of the prestigious Journal of Physical Security.. The peer-review team consisted of experts in physical security and some with election security expertise. Dr. Roger Johnston, Ph.D., CPP, is head of the Vulnerability Assessment Team (VAT) at Argonne National Laboratory and Editor of the Journal. Dr. Johnston found that the security protocols in place were ´wholly inadequateµ and essentially 100% ineffective in promoting a tamper resistant voting environment. Both the Illinois State Board of Elections and the Chicago Board of Elections have received copies of this report. Copies can be downloaded from this link. This report includes a section on ³Additional Vulnerabilities´ outlining additional security issues found in Chicago¶s elections practices.

What are the Illinois State Board of Elections and the Chicago Board of Elections planning to do about it? In a separate study, Defend the Vote has identified serious irregularities in staffing of early voting sites in Chicago. Along with the Chicago GOP, we uncovered the use of non-citizens operating polling sites and involved with decisions concerning whether or not US citizens can vote. Incredibly, I-9 forms for 75% of the early voting employees that staff sites in Chicago are not filled out correctly. Defend the Vote will present this evidence at the meeting and be seeking your responses. Since the forms were acquired from your office, I assume you have a copy of the I-9¶s on file. We have an upcoming election. This practice must be remedied. In 2012, in addition to Election Day polling place procedures, Defend the Vote will be looking at security procedures surrounding early and absentee voting, the military vote, and nursing home voting. We want to pave the way to working cooperatively with you on these important projects. Defend the Vote seeks to speak about our findings at the next Chicago Board of Elections meeting. We seek 15 - 30 minutes to present our findings and 15 minutes for discussion. We are inviting the Chicago GOP to join us in this meeting. Major Emanuel, we are inviting you to personally attend this briefing about election security in Chicago. As the Major of Chicago, the security of the citizen vote is primary! We invite you to join us in our quest for secure elections in Chicago. We look forward to hearing from all of you! Regards,

Sharon Meroni cc Eloise Gerston ± Chairman of Chicago GOP Steve Boulton ± Defend the Vote - Chairman of the Board Doc Walls ± Chicago Coordinator: Voter Auditor Pollwatcher program Illinois State Board of Elections (via Dan White and Steve Sandvoss)

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