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Jennifer Cohn @jennycohn1
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For the past 16 years, Republicans have gone out of their way to keep voting machines paperless or to ensure that the paper trail, if any, is something other than a hand marked paper ballot (election integrity’s gold standard). See Thread below. 1/
2/ The latest trend toward computer marked summary cards (many misleadingly call them “paper ballots”) from touchscreen barcode ballot markers is the current iteration and everyone is falling for it. medium.com/@jennycohn1/st…
3/ The most popular touchscreen barcode ballot marker on the market by far is the ExpressVote by @ESSVote, which has donated more than 30k since 2014 to @RSLC, whose mission is to elect Republicans to state office.
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7/ To be sure, some Democrats have joined with their Republican colleagues to keep voting machines paperless. Cathy Cox in Georgia is one striking example of this.
8/ Linda LaMone in Maryland is another example.
9/ But as indicated in the Thread linked in post 1, affirmative efforts to ensure that voting machines lack a meaningful paper trail have more often come from Republicans with Democrats rolling over and/or failing to take action when they could.
11/ As usual, Dems are not forceful enough themselves. @amyklobuchar’s Secure Elections Act (unlike the lesser known #PAVEAct by @ronwyden) would allow states to continue using touchscreens & would NOT even require states to give voters the OPTION to mark their ballots by hand.
12/ I do not mean to suggest the situation is hopeless. I mean to suggest that Ds better wake up fast and demand hand marked paper ballots (touchscreens for ADA use only) or elections will be screwed for the next 15 years, as states are using & buying new touchscreens NOW.
13/ I also do not mean to suggest that digital scanners are perfect. They can be hacked very very easily too. And vendors have recently installed cellular modems in WI, FL, MI, & IL that must be removed before Nov.
14/ But at least with hand marked paper ballots—counted by hand or digital (or optical) scanner—you have a reliable record of voter intent that can provide the basis for a meaningful manual audit. Not so with touchscreens.
15/ But R’s continue fighting us on both fronts—the equipment AND the audits. This is a lethal combination, and Democrats must push back harder on BOTH fronts.
16/ Which is why I prefer the #PAVEAct, which requires actual Risk Limiting Audits for federal races (the SEA doesn’t) & that states give voters the option to mark their ballots by hand (the SEA doesn’t).
16/ Which is why I strongly prefer @ronwyden’s #PAVEAct which (unlike the SEA) requires actual Risk Limiting Audits for federal races and that states give voters the option to mark their ballots by hand. We cannot afford to “compromise” on either provision.
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