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Jennifer Cohn @jennycohn1
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"It is in m my view inexcusable that our democracy depends on such hackable voter technology made by a handful of companies [e.g., ES&S & Dominion] that have been able to EVADE OVERSIGHT and in fact have actually been STONEWALLING the Congress for years. " - Senator Wyden 1/
"My legislation [The #PaveAct] focuses on two common sense measures that are backed by the overwhelming number of cybersecurity experts in our country: paper ballots and risk limiting audits." 2/
"And I wrote this bill in spite of this campaign of DUCKING and BOBBING and WEAVING, really STONEWALLING from the major voting machine companies [which are ES&S and Dominion]..." 3/
"Over the past year …. I .... wrote the voting machine companies asking them basic questions about their cyber-security. These were not complicated questions. They were have you been hacked, do you employ in house cyber-experts? Really the basic, sort of cyber hygiene 101." 4/
"The [voting machine] companies refused to answer how or even if they are protecting their systems and the votes of the American people." 5/
"Earlier this year the NYT...reveal[ed] that ES&S, the largest voting machine mftr, was selling devices that came pre-installed w/ MODEMS & REMOTE MONITORING SOFTWARE. The experts say remote access 2 election infrastructure is now a FIVE ALARM CRISIS when it comes 2 security." 6/
"My view is you could only make it worse if you were to leave unguarded ballot boxes in Moscow and Beijing." 7/
8/ "So I kept writing to the company [ES&S], following up with the same common sense questions. They ignored those as well."
"It is clear to me, Mr. Chairman, these [voting machine] companies want to be the gatekeepers of our democracy, but they seem completely uninterested in safeguarding it." 9/
"Five states exclusively use voting machines that do not use a paper trail which can be hacked and are impossible to audit reliably. That strikes me as a prescription for disaster." 10/
"Americans need to have paper ballots marked by hand. Until that system is adopted, every election that goes by is yet another election that … hostile foreign governments including Russia can hack." 11/
"Earlier this year the Congress appropriated $380 million to help states upgrade their election technology. * * * And my concern … is the states could go out and buy a whole lot more hackable technology from these stonewalling voting machine companies." (Cough. ExpressVote.) 12/
"The statements of the Commissioner who is # 2 at the [US] Election Assistance] Commission, Commissioner McCormick, also concern me greatly. She stated publicly last year that she disagrees w/ the intelligence community that Russia sought to influence the 2016 election." 13/
"Mr. Chairman, you and I have heard again and again …. that It is the overwhelming view of the intelligence community that Russia sought to influence the 2016 election." 14/
"So I can’t for the life of me figure out why the number two official at the Election Assistance Commission is dismissing the analysis of the … administration’s intelligence experts." 15/
"You can set aside the outcome of the 2016 election. No matter who you pulled the lever for the last time around, all of us here in the Senate have to care about defending our elections foreign hackers going forward." 16/
I transcribed Senator Wyden's complete statement to the 7/11/18 Senate Rules Committee hearing on election security. Here is the link. #handmarked #paperballots #AuditTheVote 17/…
Here is a link to the video of Senator Wyden providing his statement to the Senate Rules Committee hearing on election security. This is what I transcribed in the document linked at post 17. #handmarked #paperballots #AuditTheVote 18/
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