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Global Election Systems’ largest shareholder & Sr. VP was a convicted embezzler whose crimes involved sophisticated computer tampering. It changed its name 2 Diebold in 02 when it was acquired by Diebold, Inc. whose CEO was Bush donor. GA used Diebold touchscreens from 02-2019.1/ Image
A lawsuit filed by @CoalitionGoodGv persuaded a federal court to rule that Georgia’s Diebold touchscreens were unconstitutionally insecure. I discuss all of this in my Medium piece w/ links. 2/
Georgia was thus forced to replace its touchscreens with machines that used “paper.” But not all paper is created equal in the elections context. Whereas most experts recommend #handmarkedpaperballots for most voters, GA chose touchscreens that mark ur ballot for u. 3/
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“Northampton County is competitive...after swinging from Obama to Trump”

JC Note: Northampton rejected advice from election-security experts & chose ES&S’s unreliable touchscreen barcode voting machines that failed catastrophically in the primary.” 1/…
Gee, what could go wrong in an election where neither side trusts the other, & it might all come down to PA? Shoulda gone w/ #handmarkedpaperballots. FFS. @KathyBoockvar @TomWolfPA 2/…
Last year, new ES&S touchscreens in Northampton County, PA “created such chaos that poll workers had to crack open the machines, remove the ballot records & use scanners summoned from across state lines to conduct a recount that lasted until 5 a.m.” 3/…
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Um, 2022?!
“Deluzio said that’s why post-election audits that take a sample of the ballots & look at the text, rather than the barcodes, are so important. PA began piloting such audits last year, & by 2022, all counties wld be auditing...this way.” 1/…
These are barcode touchscreen voting machines. Most experts say that even the human readable text can’t be audited reliably. Even in 2022. 🙄 What a scam. 2/…
Per @PAStateDept’s iwn testing, these new touchscreens also take voters 3X as long to use as #handmarkedpaperballots & scanners. They are a scam, a vendor boondoggle at best. @TomWolfPA 3/
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.@DonSiegelman was governor, Lt. governor, Secty of State, & AG of Alabama. He’s the only former Dem candidate w/ the guts to say that Rs likely hacked his election. Rs ensure no one can prove anything by blocking manual audits & recounts. Read. ⬇️ 1/
With proprietary software & an absence of meaningful manual audits and recounts, no one can know if electronic outcomes are legitimate or not — even in jurisdictions w/ #handmarkedpaperballots. 2/
It is up to us, the voters, to provide #electiontransparency where we can through grass roots activism this election. 3/
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Japan's national news reported on #GeorgiaTheStateNotTheCountry 's voter suppression tonight. The world is taking heed. (thread) /1
Stacy Hopkins' vote was suppressed, so she along with other disenfranchised minorities are suing to claim voting rights and reg. again. /2
some cannot vote because of this. /3
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Georgia is a national security threat. It’s the only state w/ 2 senate seats on the ballot, & it’s election system allows no transparency. It will “audit” just 1 race—chosen by @GaSecofState—every 2 years. QR codes, which voters can’t read, constitute the actual vote. #gapol 1/
Meanwhile, if Georgia’s last second touchscreen voting machine software fails on Election Day, @OSET & @BrennanCenter warn that Georgia doesn’t even have enough backup #handmarkedpaperballots to keep voting lines moving. 2/…
I for one am sick and tired of the television media giving short shrift to this emergency. 3/
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.@gasecofstate said “‘activists are making a ‘mountain out of a molehill.’ But the risks are real. The rushed timeframe severely undercut the[ly] review...the modified [touchscreen] voting machine software...” 10/16/20 1/ #gapol…
And “If voting technology fails on Election Day, the state [Georgia] doesn’t have enough backup [hand marked] paper ballots to keep voting lines moving.” By @eddieperezTX & @GRamachandran03
#HandMarkedPaperBallots #gapol 2/
“[]here is a compromise that state and local officials can embrace with urgency. In each polling place, the state must provide enough emergency backup [hand marked] paper ballots for at least three hours of voting during the peak turnout time.“ 3/
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Evidence-based élections: create a meaningful paper trail, then audit. Paper w Andrew Appel just appeared in @GeorgetownLaw Tech Review. It explains why #HandMarkedPaperBallots are a meaningful paper trail but machine-marked paper records from touchscreen voting machines aren’t.
The handful who disagree note that voters can make mistakes when marking with a touchscreen OR w/ a pen. That’s true, but only the touchscreen involves the possibility of the machine itself mis-marking the ballot. Studies show most voters wouldn’t notice. 1/
Plus, as explained by Appel, it wld typically be almost impossible to prove the mis-mark (or omission) was caused by the machine vers the voter, much less that it was due to fraud as opposed to programming error. 2/
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Not to be a broken record, but it’s much easier to scale up with #HandMarkedPaperBallots (pen and paper) than when you have a finite number of touchscreen voting machines. Touchscreens also take voters much longer to use than HMPBs. But @GaSecofState insisted on touchscreens. 1/
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It is hard to tell how prevalent problems were today in terms of malfunctioning election equipment in GA. Gonna start a short thread of some posts. It’s unclear if they’re talking about voting machines or checkin computers (which encode the voting machine access cards). #gapol 1/
3/ Pretty sure this is about the checkin computers (Knowink poll pads).
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Touchscreen voting machines limit the # of people who can vote concurrently to the # of touchscreens at the polling place. But with #HandMarkedPaperBallots, many people can fill out their ballots concurrently. I wonder why @GASecondChances insisted on touchscreens. #gapol 1/
This is from a Medium piece I wrote in May 2018. I & a small group of others have repeated the long-line concern (among other concerns w/ touchscreens) many times since. It did not gain the national media traction it deserved. 2/
New checkin computers seem to create bottlenecks as well. 3/
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* In 2002, GA became the first state to deploy touchscreen voting machines statewide.
* GA’s 2002 election resulted in several poll-defying Relublican victories & have the GOP control of the US senate.
* An employee of the vendor, Diebold Election Systems, later told that media that Diebold had installed uncertified software patches on all GA voting machines just before the 2002 election.
* No action was taken on this information, & GA continued it’s shift from blue to red 2/
* In 2018, a federal court ruled that GA’s voting machines were unconstitutional bc, among other rzns, they were paperless.
* Experts say the only way to verify electronic election outcomes is to conduct a recount or manual audit using a reliable paper record of voter intent 3/
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😳”It's outrageous. They're wiping all of the software,’ @MarilynRMarks1 tells [@TheBradBlog] & installing ‘new software that's just been written, has not been tested, & has not been certified by the Elections Assistance Commission.’” gapol 1/
“‘As far as we know, it has not even been submitted for approval. This is federal certification, and Georgia, like most states, is not supposed to be using systems not certified by the federal government.’” 2/
"’They've written this over a weekend, and have not thoroughly tested it. There's been no user testing. The number of things that can go wrong will take up more time than your show permits,’she says.” 3/
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What GA election officials are doing now is too similar to what they did in 02 when they installed uncertified patches on all touchscreen voting machines just b4 deploying them for the first time. That election saw several unexpected GOP wins. 1/…
2/ From the link in post 1.
3/ Here. I wrote about the alarming history of Georgia’s computerized elections, including the 2002 election and the #GA06 election of 2017 between @ossoff & Karen Handel.
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WTAF?! Trump has joined forces w/ PA’s DEMOCRATIC Secty of State @KathyBoockvar in defending PA’s new touchscreen barcode voting machines, which will be deployed w/o giving voters the option to use #HandMarkedPaperBallots, despite major recent glitches. 1/…
This is a great (alarming) piece by @ArtL7. Why not at least give voters the option to use #HandMarkedPaperBallots, @KathyBoockvar?! You know these machines had major problems. What are you trying to do?! 2/
Note: These touchscreens are NOT in every PA county. Most PA counties followed expert advice & chose #HandMarkedPaperBallots as a primary system at the polls. But PA’s most populous county (Philadelphia) chose these ES&S machines after ES&S lobbyists paid the decision makers. 3/
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Another OMFG: “A laptop and several memory sticks used to program Philadelphia’s voting machines were stolen from a city warehouse in East Falls, city officials confirmed Wednesday...” ⁦@PhillyVotes #ProtectOurVotes #HandMarkedPaperBallots 1/…
2/ “[W]hen contacted by The Inquirer, the commissioners initially refused to confirm the theft or that they had opened an investigation. They only did so after The Inquirer informed them that it would be reporting the theft based on sources who had been briefed on the matter...
...but were not authorized to publicly discuss it.” 3/
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Election-security activism To Do

1. Insist touchscreen counties in PA & OH give in person voters the option to use #HandMarkedPaperBallots

2. Persuade MI, WI, FL, MN, etc. to order counties to disable or refrain from using cellular modems.

3. Backup #PaperPollBooks in FL. 1/
2/ Voter education
3/ Voter education: Get this video to embed without “sensitive content” label:
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OMFreakingG. Listening in on Judege Totenberg’s hearing in the #HMPB case in Federal Court in Atlanta.

The state is LYING!!!

@FriendsOfCGG #HandMarkedPaperBallots
In the midst of an election - it has already started with absentee voting - there are changes being made in the database of the system. HAPPENING NOW. Highly irregular and shouldn’t be occurring.
The state mailed a patch on a USB drive to all 159 counties. Cheating in broad daylight.

The election is UNDERWAY. This is highly suspect.

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😳A battle is raging in Shelby County, TN btwn #HandMarkedPaperBallots & ballot marking devices (BMDs). Election commissioner @benniejsmith told me that "ESS submitted a bid of $1.462M for HMPBs but the Administrator (Linda Phillips) modified it by $3.3M bringing it to $4.845M."
Per @benniejsmith, the election administrator (R) did not show the Shelby County election commission the actual bid numbers. She showed them only the modified numbers. The election commission then voted for ballot marking devices, not HMPBs. But the funding commission cld reject.
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Breaking news: Georgia halts Logic&Acccuracy testing for Nov elections; serious database flaw found.
@CoalitionGoodGv filed this tonight:
With in-person voting only 11 business days away, county election officials will be hard-pressed to prepare the new system on time. With electronic voting systems, each piece must be tested prior to use. The new GA system has 80K devices to test.
Using #HandMarkedPaperBallots instead of ballot marking tablets would eliminate 85% of the testing; its likely the only way to make up for time lost with the database error.
Counties are already prepared with #HMPB for 10% of registered voters.
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What cld go wrong?

Each voter’s personalized info is transmitted to an “encoded activation card that [is] inserted into an ATM-like machine [BMD].” Voters mark their choices on the BMD touch screen An attached printer then “generate[s] a paper record,” 1/…
“Finally, voters would hand these paper printouts back for tabulation and return the activation cards, before leaving the polls.” 2/
Orrrrrr, voters could mark their ballots by hand with a pen. #handmarkedpaperballots 3/
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Trump could steal the election by running out the clock w/ bogus mail ballot challenges based on signature the match reqmt, etc. & then:
(1) having GOP state lawmakers circumvent voters by casting their electoral votes 4 him; or
(2) using the 12th A to have House Rs decide.
Article re: option 1: "[T]he Constitution does not require states to assign their electors on the basis of the statewide vote...In other words, each state legislature gets to decide how electors are appointed—and, by extension, who gets their votes." 2/…
Re: 12th A: "[M]ailed and absentee ballots are easily challenged in a recount, & recounts can be delayed long enough to kick the election to the House of Representatives — where the vote is by state DELEGATION, not each representative..." by @jedshug
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In 2018, Brennan Center and others blew it by calling for "voter-marked paper ballot[s], whether by COMPUTER or by hand—based on the now-debunked myth that voters checked those [COMPUTER] print-outs." By @ArtL7 #HandMarkedPaperBallots 1/…
2/ In fact, a recent study led by Prof. J. Alex Halderman, "found that voters missed over 93% of errors on printed ballots that they filled out using electronic ballot marking devices [new touchscreen voting machines]."…
3/ JC Note: This is why I have often cautioned that "voter marked paper ballot" is a dangerous insider code for either unhackable #HandMarkedPaperBallots (marked w/ a pen) Or hackable machine marked printouts (marked w/ a touchscreen voting machine aka ballot marking device). Image
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1. Deadline in 1 hour - 5pm PST to make comments on the @LACountyRRCC #Voting system known as #VSAP #VotingSolutionsforAllPeople. You can email Sect of State Alex Padilla @AlexPadilla4CA at - right now! & for the next hour. #SecurityFail #LAVotes
2. We're asking @CASOSvote @AlexPadilla4CA & LA Supervisors @HildaSolis @mridleythomas @SheilaKuehl @SupJaniceHahn @kathrynbarger to repair the dangerous risky #Security flaws in the #VSAP system prior to any further certification. Petition here… #LAVotes
3. What is wrong with the "Voting Solutions for All People?" It sounds so perfect. If only the system was as good as the name. A coalition of good govt groups signed a letter detailing some of the problems that need to be addressed:… #LAVotes #SecurityFail
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