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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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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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Reminder: @MarshaBlackburn blocked the #SAFEAct, which would require the removal of the wireless modems that were installed in swing states (Wisconsin, Florida, and beyond) starting in 2015. These modems connect the voting machines to the internet. #RemoveTheModems #ModemMarsha
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“The elections office of Florida's third-most populous county [Palm Beach] was breached by a crippling cyberattack in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, NPR confirmed on Thursday.” By ⁦@MilesParks⁩ - 2/13/20
1/ npr.org/2020/02/13/805…
2/ “There is no indication that the ransomware attack was connected to Russian interference efforts..., but the revelation about it now shows how election officials are preparing for this year's election w/o knowing all the details of what happened b4.”
3/ “The attack on Palm Beach County came to light during a Palm Beach Post editorial board interview with county elections supervisor Wendy Sartory Link.

‘Have we been hacked in Palm Beach County? Yeah, we have,’ Link told the paper.”
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Here we go w/ the DemocracyFund/DavidBecker/ProPublica talking point, ie, we need not worry much about Iowa bc election officials (unlike political parties) are responsible re: election security.

Unfortunately, the truth is that many aren’t & must be held accountable too. 1/
2/ Seemingly coordinated talking points by Democracy Fund (Ambrogi), ProPublica (Huseman), and Becker. Note that Democracy Fund funds both ProPublica and Becker, and they often seem to coordinate talking points.
3/ Apparently coordinated Democracy Fund, Becker, ProPublica (Huseman) talking point re: internet connectivity. Their unanimous insistence that voting machines never connect to the internet has been debunked by election-security experts & multiple others.
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My latest:

“The U.S. has a disturbing habit of investing in unvetted new touch-screen voting machines that later prove disastrous.” As we barrel toward the 2020 election, many jurisdictions are poised for a repeat w/ risky new touchscreen voting machines. nybooks.com/daily/2019/12/…
The many jurisdictions that recklessly ignored election-security concerns by choosing these risky new touchscreen voting machines (universal use ballot marking devices) must, at a bare minimum, give all voters the option to use #HandMarkedPaperBallots at the polling place.
1. #HandMarkedPaperBallots (exception 4 voters w/ disabilities)
2. #RemoveTheModems
3. #RemoveRemoteAccess
4. #BanInternetVoting
5. #RobustManualAudits
6. #PaperVoterLists (in case e-pollbooks fail)
7. #ProtectYourVoterRegistration (triple check; save screenshot or other proof)
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Key take away from the #IowaCaucas mess? We shld minimize use of unnecessary electronics in elections, yet many jurisdictions are doubling down, especially w/ new e-pollbooks & new universal use ballot marking devices in lieu of #HandMarkedPaperBallots. They should reconsider. 1/
Here is a thread of mine re: the rapidly increasing use of e-pollbooks in lieu of paper voter lists. The two largest companies are Knowink and Tenex. 2/ threadreaderapp.com/thread/1183223…
Here’s my most recent piece re: the rapid proliferation throughout the US of unnecessary universal use ballot marking devices: glitchy touchscreen computers that mark our ballots for us in lieu of using #HandMarkedPaperBallots for most voters. 3/ nybooks.com/daily/2019/12/…
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The Iowa debacle demonstrates why we must not depend on election equipment that connects to the internet or Bluetooth. And yet many jurisdictions plan to do just that this year w/ new e-poll books used to confirm voter registrations & activate new voting machines. 1/
If electronic pollbooks are subject to a denial of service attack or otherwise fail, chaos will ensue on a much larger scale than what happened in Iowa. Although backup paper voter lists would help (and are essential), it is unknown how many jurisdictions will have them. 2/
Georgia will have them only due to a court order. Even so, no one has addressed what to do in the event of a conflict between the e-pollbooks and the paper voter list. This must be decided—with clear instructions to poll workers—before these machines are used. 3/
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In 2015, Florida and Wisconsin allowed the installation of wireless modems in ES&S voting systems—which connect the systems to the internet, opening the door to “man in the middle” hacking. Michigan has them too. @FLSecofState @WI_Elections @JocelynBenson #RemoveTheModems 1/
2/ Confirmstion of 2015 approval of wireless modems in WI and FL: fairelectionswi.com/GAB/2015/GAB%2…
3/ Article by @KartikayM for Bloomberg re: the dangers of these wireless modems and confirming that they are in Michigan too. @jocelynbenson, who was not responsible for their installation, is considering removing them. (She should.) news.bloomberglaw.com/privacy-and-da…
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One issue w/ new touchscreen voting machines (ballot marking devices) is "if u have a bar code on there or some QR code, it's not something the human being can read. It's just a series of lines, & u don't know who that vote is for" - @RickHasen via @NPR 1/ npr.org/2020/01/29/800…
@rickhasen @NPR "The candidate choices are also going to be printed on that ballot, but one question is going to be, are people going to check to make sure that those ballots printed the names correctly?" 2/
@rickhasen @NPR "And in the event of a recount, what would control the bar code or the names on the ballot?" 3/
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Voting machine vendors, officials & the media often misleadingly blur the distinction btwn hand marked paper ballots & machine-marked hackable paper printouts from risky new (universal use ballot marking devices.

This @NPR piece is a glaring example. 1/ npr.org/2020/01/27/799…
2/ Thank you to @JohnDStanton3 for noticing this and pointing this out to me and others.
3/ Here is my most recent piece on the dangers of universal use ballot marking devices. nybooks.com/daily/2019/12/…
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“It takes too long to detect hacking after elections. Here’s 3 ways to help.”
By @jeremyinfosec #HandMarkedPaperBallots #RemoveTheModems #RobustManualAudits 1/ fifthdomain.com/thought-leader…
2/ “In 33 states in America, millions of voters are still at risk of having their ballots..subverted. Why? Simply because these states either permit some form of Internet voting or because one or more parts of their voting processes are connected to the Internet.”
3/ “This should disturb us. What is doubly worrying is the fact that, even if an intrusion is detected in these systems, there is no way to determine with certainty the impact on vote counts from the malicious hacks without paper ballots.”
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1. #HandMarkedPaperBallots (exception 4 voters w/ disabilities)
2. #RemoveTheModems
3. #BackupPaperVoterLists (in case electronic poll books fail)
4. #RobustManualAudits
5. #ProtectYourVoterRegistration (double & triple check it; save screenshot or other proof of registration 1/
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3/ Voters! Please ask your state and county election officials what, if anything, they are doing to ensure these election protection measures will be in place this year. (Number 5 is on us, but they should message it to voters.) Thank you.
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Voters! Pls ask election officials in WI, FL, MI, & elsewhere to remove the wireless modems they installed in voting equipment. They connect systems to the internet, as reported by @CynthiaMcFadden. TY. #RemoveTheModems cc: @FLSecofState @JocelynBenson. @WI_Elections 1/
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This is a profound quote. It reminds me of the importance of music at protests (as @AlexandraChalup once explained to me) & of the joy I’ve felt w/ the graphics my Twitter friends have created to amplify election-security concerns & the importance of #HandMarkedPaperBallots.
Be a poll watcher! (graphic by @_Jo_di)
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The three scourges of election security:
1. Touchscreen voting machines (DREs & universal use ballot marking devices)
2. Wireless modems & remote access
3. Electronic poll books (without paper voter lists as backup at the polling place) 1/
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“Voting system CEOs agree to work with government, not independent analysts." alternet.org/2020/01/voting…

🚨The distinction matters. When independent analysts asked the DHS to ask ES&S to remove the cellular modems it installed in ballot scanners in swing states, the DHS refused. 1/
Link to letter by independent security analysts asking the DHS (and EAC) to ask ES&S and other vendors to remove the cellular modems that they recently installed in precinct-based ballot scanners (which connect to the internet): 2/ drive.google.com/file/d/1-Fd8a8…
The DHS refused to ask the vendors to remove the cellular modems: 3/
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It takes a village to protect US elections. Election-integrity advocate Jill Simpson, her husband, & John Brakey seem to have been first to report that ES&S ballot scanners in swing states & elsewhere now come w/ wireless modems (connecting them to the internet). #RemoveTheModems
As I understand it, from there, @kskoglund and others discovered that the backend systems in states with these modems have been left online for months. @kimzetter reported Skoglund’s findings, & those findings finally made their way to @CynthiaMcFadden. 1/
2/ In the interim, I and others wrote & reported about the wireless modems in the ballot scanners too. I wrote about them here: nybooks.com/daily/2018/11/…
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Fantastic interview by NBC’s ⁦@CynthiaMcFadden⁩ of election-security experts ⁦@kskoglund⁩ & Andrew Appel re: the wireless modems that some jurisdictions have installed in election equipment, including in FL, MI, & WI. #RemoveTheModems 1/ nbcnews.com/nightly-news/v…
2/ Wireless modems are one of the three election-security scourges discusses in my thread below.
3/ .@kskoglund is an election-security expert with the National Election Defense Coalition (where @SEGreenhalgh is a policy director) and @cbelections. His findings were presented in conjunction with @FSFP. It takes a village to protect our votes. TY to them all! cc: @JohnBonifaz
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