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It is bizarre and concerning that @staceyabrams has yet to speak in favor of HAND marked paper ballots. Neither has @GeorgiaDemocrat. What gives? Election security is a winning issue for Democrats. Why don’t they care?! cc: @gwlauren 1/
Even after @VerifiedVoting’s well reasoned letter in favor of HAND marked paper ballots, not the COMPUTER marked barcoded kind, the best @fairfightaction can say is that it “wants SOME FORM of paper ballots...” Um, not good enough. @staceyabrams epaper.ajc.com/popovers/dynam… 2/
Perhaps @staceyabrams and @gwlauren have been confused by some of the propaganda from the voting machine vendors and their surrogates, which include a former Democratic (sadly) Georgia Secretary of State names Cathy Cox who once graced the cover of a vendor brochure. 3/
4/ If so, they should read this thread, which explains why those vendor talking points are bogus.
By remaining silent, @staceyabrams, @gwlauren, and @fairfightaction are giving cover for the computer marked barcoded so-called “paper ballots” from touchscreen ballot markers that Kemp and his new Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, hope to buy. google.com/amp/s/www.vox.… 5/
This is the ES&S touchscreen barcode balloting system that Kemp piloted in Rockdale! 6/ ajc.com/news/state--re…
In case they missed it, I discuss all of the pitfalls of this system in my recent article for @whowhatwhy. whowhatwhy.org/2019/01/02/wil… 7/
My article includes a discussion of a recent human factors study that shows the text on these computer marked paper ballots can be corrupted to add, delete, or switch races, & most voters won’t notice. A manual audit can’t fix a corrupted paper ballot! 8/
My article also discusses ES&S’s $30,000 donations to @RSLC (whose mission is to elect Republicans to state office) and the facts suggesting that Kemp’s former chief of staff & current transition team leader sat on ES&S’s advisory board. 9/
Yes, hand marked paper ballots can be gamed too. To avoid that, there must be stringent chain of custody protocols. But the same is true of the computer marked barcoded kind, and at least you don’t have to mess with another irrevocably opaque hackable touchscreen...10/
...and the countless unknown individuals who will program, update, repair, transport, store, and otherwise come into contact with it. With hand marked ballots, you don’t have to deal with unverifiable barcodes that purport to reflect your vote, screen errors, power outages,...11/
... long lines caused by deliberate or unintentional failure to provide a sufficient number of touchscreens, etc. 12/
@RepScottHolcomb gets it and plans to introduce a bill mandating hand marked paper ballots as the state’s primary voting system. google.com/amp/s/www.ajc.… 13/
Will @staceyabrams, @fairfightaction, @GeorgiaDemocrat, and @gwlauren lift a finger to help him? Or will they continue to align with Brian Kemp, Brad Raffensperger, and the Diebold brochure queen, Cathy Cox? 14/
If they are teetering toward the latter, confused by Cathy Cox’s status as a putative Democrat, I hope they will at least read my historical piece on what happened to GA’s elections after Cox moved to paperless touchscreens in 2002. 15/ link.medium.com/NCgcB1ECjT
Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us. #handmarked #paperballots 16/
17/ Addendum: letter from TWO DOZEN highly respected experts recommending that GA reject computer marked barcoded paper ballots and instead adopt HAND marked paper ballots as the state’s primary voting system (touchscreens only for ADA use).
18/ Addendum: Letter from @VerifiedVoting recommending that Georgia reject COMPUTER marked barcoded so-called “paper ballots” and instead adopt HAND marked paper ballots as the state’s primary system (touchscreens for ADA use only). …altionforgoodgovernance.sharefile.com/share/view/s40…
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