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🔥 BOOM. Voting machine vendors ES&S & Dominion have been caught selling #Dieselgate voting systems that would allow bad actors to fraudulently ADD VOTES to machine-marked “paper ballots” AFTER voters review & cast them! This is what Brian Kemp wants in Georgia! #HB316 #gapol 1/
I never use the word “BOOM” but this is huge news. freedom-to-tinker.com/2019/03/08/ree… 2/
New York may decertify Dominion’s all-in-one ballot marking device bc of this #Dieselgate feature. ES&S has the same #Dieselgate feature and even asserts a patent as to that feature! 3/
Here’s a link to the letter in post 1 where the New York Board of Elections has requested de-certification of machines with the #Dieselgate feature. This is a GAME CHANGER. s3.amazonaws.com/ftt-uploads/wp… 4/
The #Dieselgate feature exists only in the all-in-one versions of the ES&S and Dominion ballot marking devices. Some jurisdictions, like Ohio, refer to these all-in-one BMDs as “hybrids.” 5/
I call this a #Diesegate feature bc it allows the machines to create fraudulent votes when it knows no one is looking: after the voter has CAST their vote. 6/
For those unfamiliar with the original #Dieselgate scandal, here’s a synopsis from Wikipedia. 7/
I should clarify that, unlike the Volkswagen scandal, no one has been caught actually CHEATING with the #Dieselgate voting systems. Then again, these systems are new and no one has looked. 8/
Correction re: post 4: the NY BOE has requested CONSIDERATION of decertification. It has not technically asked (yet) for decertification. 9/
The only jurisdiction that I know for sure has conducted elections using an ES&S hybrid is Johnson County, Kansas whose election commissioner (Ronnie Metsker) was appointed by Kris Kobach. legacy.tyt.com/2018/08/17/kob… 10/
As I wrote at the time (see above), JoCo is the most populous county in Kansas, and Metsker chose and rushed out these ES&S ExpressVote hybrids despite substantial public opposition from voters concerned about election security. 11/
For those hybrids that include an AutoCast option, the machines cld be programmed or hacked to actually FLIP VOTES with zero chance of detection as long as it did this only as to voters who chose to cast their votes w/o inspecting the paper (AutoCast). 12/ tyt.com/stories/4vZLCH…
This is because the machines mark the ballots only AFTER the voter chooses between AutoCast and print/inspect. If instead the machines marked the ballots BEFORE voters made this choice, a voter might choose print/inspect & discover the fraud on the paper printout. 13/
14/ As reported by Prof. Appel, these machines cld also be maliciously programmed or hacked to fraudulently FILL IN UNDERVOTES (races that voters leave blank) w/ zero chance of detection 4 any & all voters who use these machines: even those who choose to print & review the paper!
16/ This is because the “paper ballot” goes under the print head AFTER the voter has cast the ballot. It does this both for voters who choose AutoCast (voters who decline to inspect the paper) AND for those who inspect the paper before casting it!
17/ The vendors could have avoided this by routing the “paper ballots” under the print head only BEFORE—never AFTER—the voter casts the ballot. (Even then, AutoCast should never be allowed.)
18/ That they chose instead to route the “paper ballots” under the print head AFTER voters have cast them (when voters can no longer inspect for fraud or error) is a glaring security failure. These #Dieselgate voting machines should be banned. #ProtectOurVotes
19/ That is, unless we want this to happen to our votes in 2020. #Dieselgate.
20/ This gaping security hole arises from the ill-conceived idea of putting a MACHINE between voters & the paper record of their votes. Any time you do this, there will be myriad opportunities for electronic fraud & electronic error. The solution is #HandMarkedPaperBallots. TY.
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