The Peter Principle: Or, how I learned to be grateful for PACEI

It was the unanimous assessment of all 17 American intelligence agencies that Russia had attempted to manipulate the 2016 election.

On May 11, 2017, an executive order created the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (PACEI).

Unfortunately, because we are living in the darkest timeline, the commission ignored the 2016 attack by a foreign adversary and vulnerabilities of electronic voting machines or massive databases of voter registration information that have the potential to change election results undetected. 

Instead, PACEI was tasked with addressing voter fraud by individuals.  

The commission was stacked with partisans and shunned transparency (even to some of the commission's own members.)  Unsurprisingly, the commission went down in a blaze of incompetence.

But luckily, DJT had done my cause a favor by appointing Kansas' own Kris Kobach as (de facto) chair of the commission.  Because of his appointment to PACEI, Crosscheck received far more national scrutiny that it ever had before.  

Side note:  Recently a prominent conservative asked me if I had an ax to grind against Kobach.  My answer to him was that two years ago, I couldn't have told you who our Secretary of State was.  I had no opinion of him whatsoever.  But over the process of my research and advocacy on Crosscheck, I have a developed a very strong opinion about Mr. Kobach.  He is careless, eschews facts for partisan ideology, and doesn't seem to be very good at managing things.  With PACEI, he somehow managed to achieve nothing, hire a child pornographer, and put the electoral system at even more risk.)

On June 30th, 2017, I was ready to leave my house for some errands when a quick scan of Twitter showed that Kobach had caused a firestorm of fury by asking all states to provide voter files to PACEI.  In an insecure way.  And, oh my, were people upset!

State election officials were publicly saying no to the data request, and people were celebrating.

But I was banging my head against the wall.

Because voters in 26 states appeared completely unaware that their states were providing private voter data to Kobach via Crosscheck every single year.  

So I spent the next hours (many hours; many, many hours) glued to my computer, responding to anyone on twitter who commented on the request for data.  I responded to so many tweets in such a short time that I was suspended for a few hours for "bot-like" behavior!

Three great things emerged from the June 30, 2017 twitter fest over PACEI:

- Kobach's carelessness made national headlines as he demonstrated that he'd been promoted beyond his own competence.  

- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced publicly for the first time (or at least the first time I'd seen) that Pennsylvania had resigned from Crosscheck .  And the letter was glorious!

- A handful of people in Illinois became aware of Crosscheck for the first time; more on this in the next post.