Utah residents will become the first in the nation to be allowed to vote online in a presidential primary election. In Tuesday’s GOP caucus, voters will have the option of voting using the computers, tablets or smart phones.
The company Utah is using for this new online voting process is Smartmatic Group, based in the United Kingdom and chaired by Mark Malloch-Brown, who has extremely close ties to George Soros, the United Nations, and is deeply involved in international affairs, Breitbart has revealed.
“Thousands and thousands” of Utahans have preregistered to vote over the past few weeks, according to the Utah GOP.
As reported by Deseret News:
“We’re stepping out on the national stage in a way we never have before,” Bryan J. Smith, the executive director of the Utah Republican Party, said during a recent Utah caucus preparatory meeting. “This time it matters in more ways than you think.”
The Utah Republican Party said its new method of voting will mainly help families, workers, missionaries and military workers throughout the world, who can’t be in town for voting. It also may help Utah mothers, who find themselves swamped with child care and work.
But hidden beneath all the publicized excitement over Utah’s new online voting experiment is the reality of the company – and the people – behind the scenes. Smartmatic Group has offices around the world, with headquarters in London, and their US office in Baca Raton, Florida.
According to Chairman Mark Malloch-Brown’s bio on the Smartmatic website, he is currently chairman of Soros’ Open Society Foundation, the International Crisis Group (financed by Soros), the Centre for Global Development, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and other non-profit boards. His bio further states:
[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] Mark Malloch-Brown is a former number two in the United Nations as well as having served in the British Cabinet and Foreign Office. He now sits in the House of Lords and is active both in business and in the non-profit world. He also remains deeply involved in international affairs.
Mark served as Deputy Secretary-General and Chief of Staff of the UN under Kofi Annan. For six years before that he was Administrator of the UNDP, leading the UN’s development efforts around the world. He was later Minister of State in the Foreign Office, covering Africa and Asia, and was a member of Gordon Brown’s cabinet.
Other positions have included vice-chairman of George Soros’s Investment Funds, as well as his Open Society Institute, a Vice-President at the World Bank and the lead international partner at Sawyer Miller, a political consulting firm. He also has served as Vice-Chairman of the World Economic Forum. He began his career as a journalist at The Economist. [/pullquote]
Back in Utah, Bryan Smith, executive director of the Utah Republican Party, said, “What essentially was our goal was to set out and make sure that every single person was able to participate and able to do it while keeping a caucus process. We wanted to make sure Utah was the tip of the spear for this sort of thing.”
And, jokingly, he added, “you could also just say we’re legit.”
Other experts worry about security concerns, specifically that hackers will attack voters who participate online. In 2004, the military tested a program where service members overseas could vote online, but it was scrapped over the government’s security concerns. Similarly, in 2010, Washington, D.C., allowed overseas military workers to download an absentee ballot from the Internet. That system was hacked within 36 hours of going online.
Will Utah’s online voting experiment be a step forward – or a risky experiment?
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