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Did they think we couldn’t handle the truth? The @KillChaindoc trailer below shows how government officials brazenly misled us about the security of America’s computerized elections. Watch the film 4 free at HBO.com starting MON. 1/
“The [‘ALERTS’] legislation would require the DHS to notify both state and local officials along with specific Congressional members and any affected voters when federal agencies have identified that there has been an election system breach.” 2/ floridianpress.com/2019/07/waltz-…
Demand the #ALERTS legislation (or some variation thereof) to disclose voting-system breaches to the public.

Demand #HandMarkedPaperBallots

Demand #ManualAudits
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As we fight for our lives against #COVID19, we can’t afford to bury our heads in the sand re: election security. Knowledge is power, which means we shld all watch @KillChaindoc , available 4 free at HBO.com starting Mon. TY. #HandMarkedPaperBallots #Transparency
I just watched @KillChaindoc with my son today, and it’s an absolute stunner. We both loved it.
"When governments can't assess the situation & take action & correct it, that's ... when you finish the target." ~ @HarriHursti, Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Elections.
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Due to #COVID19, I recommend expanding #VoteByMail to the extent possible. If u go to the polls, press for #HandMarkedPaperBallots rather than touchscreens, which are disease vectors and cause longer lines.

Critical: Wear eyeglasses and a mask. 1/
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Due to #COVID19, I support as much vote by mail as possible in 2020. If some places can’t or won’t allow it, press for #HandMarkedPaperBallots—not touchscreens (disease vectors that cause longer lines). If u go to the polls, wear a mask & glasses. The mask can be homemade. 1/
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Voting by mail: Why states will have a hard time setting it up - The Washington Post h/t ⁦@populationalwashingtonpost.com/politics/2020/…
I support as much vote by mail as possible in 2020. If some places can’t or won’t allow it, press for #HandMarkedPaperBallots—not touchscreens (disease vectors that cause longer lines). If u go to the polls, wear a mask & glasses. The mask can be homemade. #Masks4All #COVID
If u must go to the polls (bc ur state doesn’t allow no-excuse absentee voting), eyeglasses and masks offer protection. Here’s a video on how to make a mask with a handkerchief and no sewing.
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New HBO documentary ⁦@KillChaindoc⁩ “makes the case that voting insecurity in the US can and should be drastically improved.“ cc: #HandMarkedPaperBallots #ManualAudits 1/ wired.com/story/hbo-kill…
“It focuses on...core issues, like voting machines that don't produce any type of paper record that can be used to verify an election's results. Or how the paper records some of the machines do produce contain a barcode or other machine-readable output that voters can't parse” 2/
“Precincts need...to perform stringent post-election audits, like the gold standard known as risk-limiting audits. And even precincts and states that have the records to perform audits often don't have policies in place to actually carry them out.” 3/
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“A majority of Shelby County [TN] commissioners have approved a resolution backing hand-marked paper ballots, claiming in the resolution that they are the most secure voting system available.” 1/ dailymemphian.com/article/11568/…
“Five Republican state legislators from Shelby County, however, sent a letter to Republican members of the local election commission in February saying they favor touch screen machines to avoid ‘human errors.’” 2/
But at least with hand marked paper ballots (as opposed to machine marked), you don’t have to worry about MACHINE errors, electronic failure, or hacking. Voters themselves can just as easily make mistakes when using a touchscreen as opposed to a hand marked ballot. 3/
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Would YOU know how to fill in this so-called “hand marked paper ballot” option that @LACountyRRCC gave voters at UCLA on Super Tuesday?? They ran out of the English version. It doesn’t even seem to mention the race for president. What the hell is this?! #HandMarkedPaperBallots
I got this from a poll worker at UCLA.
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Yes, we should consider national vote by mail due to coronavirus. But we must also have transparency & accountability & a remedy if voters don’t receive their mail ballots. We need protections built in. Let’s start planning now. #HandMarkedPaperBallots #coronavirus 1/
South Florida 2018 also had many voters who didn’t receive absentee ballots. I like the idea of national vote by mail due to coronavirus, but there must be protections built in. 2/ palmbeachpost.com/news/20181110/…
Note that a hacked voter registration system cld cause voters to not receive their mail ballots. Everyone agrees our voter registration systems are insecure. Some states, including Florida, wont disclose info re: breaches or what they are doing to secure their systems. #notok 3/
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Athens County, Ga had voted to use #HandMarkedPaperBallots at polling places. The State Election Board just ordered them to instead use new touchscreen voting machines from Dominion whose lobbyist is a former chief of staff to Gov. Brian Kemp (when he was Sec of State). #gapol 1/
3/ The issue was ballot secrecy (the touchscreens are gigantic), but another concern with these machines is security. Most election-security experts advise against universal use ballot marking devices as I discuss here. nybooks.com/daily/2019/12/…
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“The ballot problem [in Idaho] stemmed from a programming issue on some poll pads [e-poll books], the county's new device to check voters in. Ballot bar codes, printed after a voter check, were printing incorrectly, county spokesman Joe Decker said.” 1/ idahopress.com/news/local/c-p…
“At some precincts, he said, the bar codes were printing with an extra digit at the end. Some voters' bar codes allowed them to receive a presidential primary ballot and NOT A SCHOOL DISTRICT LEVY BALLOT, he said.” 2/
The school district levy had “failed in November by just 11 votes.” 😳😳😳 3/
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And so it begins.
Athens-Clarke County vs State Election Board
Bryan Sells addresses the SEB - updates that some polling places can fit the # of voting stations required, some do not.
Offers an alternate - put more stations per voter in some precincts than others.
Ryan Germany represents the SEB, begins by quoting the law requiring uniform voting system.
Says @dominionvoting system is being used in 158 counties.
Guess what - ACC is using the uniform system, following the Cobb pilot protocol, and the SEB's own emergency ballot procedure.
Germany quotes Supreme Court on "impracticable" - says it's mandatory and allows for emergency provisions. Misrepresents the basis for ACCs finding of "impracticable".
Says there is an emergency backup option, but you must try.
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Students protested Georgia’s new touchscreen voting machines (BMDs) and held signs, which read, ‘Electronic voter-suppression, hand-marked paper ballots.’” #HandMarkedPaperBallots #gapol 1/ georgiastatesignal.com/georgia-revamp…
Students Libby Seger & John Peterson believe Georgia shld revert to hand-marked paper ballots.
“‘They are verifiable, they are non-hackable, and it gives the voter opportunity to look at their vote & circle in who they are voting for and have confidence in it,’ Seger said.” 2/
“‘[These machines] give us no way to verify that what you clicked on the machine, and the words on the bottom of the page are actually what’s in the QR code.’” 3/
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The phrase “voter marked” paper ballots is ambiguous & thus dangerous. It was incredibly difficult to get Verified Voting to stop using it. Pls don’t bring it back! “Voter marked” = either #HandMarkedPaperBallots OR machine-marked paper summaries from risky universal use BMDs. 1/
2/ Most experts advise against BMDs bc, among other reasons, unlike a ballpoint pen, then can fail electronically, as we saw in LA county, where the county estimates a 20% failure rate (per @KartikayM & @neenareports) and in at least one South Carolina county (per @srose14).
3/ “About 20% of [Los Angeles] county’s new voting machines [universal use ballot marking devices] were down as of 11:45 a.m. Pacific time, said Michael Sanchez, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Clerk.”
By @KartikayM bnnbloomberg.ca/los-angeles-s-…
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Voters! I’m forming a working group to identify which large counties in key states plan to use this new tech & what their backup plans are so we can advocate backup #PaperVoterLists & backup #HandMarkedPaperBallots where needed. Pls let me know if you have time to help. TY!
Wow! Thanks to all the people offering to help! I’ll start a room tomorrow :-)
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It may seem like a small thing, but getting anyone, much less a WaPo journalist, to add the “hand marked” prefix has been a 3-year heavy lift for election-integrity advocates. It is critical bc vendors & officials redefined “paper ballot” w/o the prefix to include risky BMDs. 1/
BMDs are ballot marking devices. They are important for that small subset of voters who are unable to hand mark. But due to security concerns it is reckless & unnecessary to deploy them for universal use. Yet many jurisdictions are doing just that as I & others have warned. 2/
Here is my latest piece on the dangers of universal use BMDs and the sneaky redefinition of “paper ballots”. I have written many. 3/ nybooks.com/daily/2019/12/…
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The media is blowing its chance to head off an Election Day debacle. My column washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/medi…
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This is the one-two punch that I’m worried could bring down the general election. BMDs and e-pollbooks are dangerous by themselves. In combination, they can bring the entire system to its knees. As we saw in LA, we can’t assume election officials have viable Plan Bs in place.
Many state officials have purchased new voting machines (BMDs) that function as ballpoint pens, but are vulnerable to electronic failure & hacking. In some places, they can’t be activated w/o new e-pollbooks that connect to the internet or Bluetooth. 😳
I am NOT saying catastrophe WILL strike. I’m saying that some election officials appear to be playing Russian roulette. And when they do that, there is a risk (not a certainty) of a shot to the head. Why take that risk? #HandMarkedPaperBallots #PaperVoterLists
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The Georgia State Election Board is holding an emergency hearing next week to determine whether Athens-Clarke County is violating state laws by not conducting elections on the state’s new $104 million BMDs, using #handmarkedpaperballots instead. #gapol

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According to a notice sent to the county board of elections, Athens-Clarke officials should be prepared to present evidence explaining why it voted 3-2 to determine that it would be “impossible and impracticable” to use BMDs.

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The investigation is looking into potential violations of at least six different state laws and rules regarding elections, including:

-§ 21-2-300
-§ 21-2-265
-§ 21-2-266
-§ 21-2-267
-and State Election Board Rules 183-1-12-.01 and 183-1-14-.02

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ICYMI, @LACounty used internet-connected electronic pollbooks WITHOUT backup paper voter lists & traditional hand marked paper ballots, resulting in massive lines when e-pollbooks predictably failed.

Will your jurisdiction go commando w/ e-pollbooks too?! 1/
I hate to break it to voters, but there is no one out there ensuring that other jurisdictions don’t make the same mistakes as LA county. We need to call our state & county election officials ourselves & publicly shame those who (like LA) plan to go commando w/ our elections. 2/
FYI, the e-pollbooks not only confirmed voter registrations, but also coded the ballots for the touchscreen voting machines (BMDs. At UCLA, they malfunctioned & would only print provisional ballots even for confirmed registered voters. 3/
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ICYMI, @LACounty used internet-connected electronic pollbooks WITHOUT backup paper voter lists, resulting in massive lines when e-pollbooks predictably failed, disenfranchising voters who couldn’t wait 2-4 hours to vote

Will your jurisdiction go commando w/ e-pollbooks too?! 1/
I hate to break it to voters, but there is no one out there ensuring that other jurisdictions don’t make the same mistakes as LA county. We need to call our state & county election officials ourselves & publicly shame those who (like LA) plan to go commando w/ our elections. 2/
FYI, the e-pollbooks not only confirmed voter registrations, but also coded the ballots for the touchscreen voting machines (BMDs). At UCLA, they malfunctioned & would only print provisional ballots even for confirmed registered voters. 3/
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“Los Angeles voting experiment leads to technical problems, long lines and angry voters - The Washington Post” By ⁦@neenareports#HandMarkedPaperBallots #PaperVoterLists 1/ washingtonpost.com/investigations…
“About one-fifth of [Los Angeles] county’s touch-screen voting machines [ballot marking devices] did not work and had to be replaced, officials estimated.” 2/
“Network problems interfered with electronic poll books used to verify voter eligibility, which meant some voters could not check in and had to cast provisional ballots that will take longer to count.” 3/
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.@BrennanCenter & others advised that jurisdictions using e-pollbooks shld have backup paper voter lists at the polling places, but LA County had no such backups. We are told that failing e-pollbooks were a substantial cause of the 2-4 hour lines. This was electoral malpractice.
.@LACountyRRCC also had to be forced to give voters the option to use #HandMarkedPaperBallots instead of BMDs, & then didn’t have enuf of them when malfunctioning e-pollbooks (which code the ballots for the BMDs) would only print provisional ballots 4 confirmed registrations. 😡
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Warning: Making voting-machine (BMD) activation & use depend on functioning e-pollbooks is a huge new vulnerability in 2020; if e-pollbooks fail, chaos ensues, as we saw in LA County. Backup paper voter lists AND real #HandMarkedPaperBallots as backup are a “must” if... 1/
... jurisdictions (like LA County) insist on using e-pollbooks and BMDs. LA County had no backup paper voter lists & its “hand marked” paper ballot backups were blank paper that didn’t even list the races & candidates. We need House hearings n4 others screw up like LA. 2/
At UCLA, even when they cld get the e-pollbooks to confirm voter registrations, the e-pollbooks wld print only provisional ballots for the BMDs. So voters had to choose that or a blank ballot (see below) that didn’t list all the races w/ candidate names & that they ran out of. 3/
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