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Dear @AJC: Pls retract the “opinion” piece you recently published by @GASecofState, as it blatantly misrepresents the findings of the National Academies 2018 report regarding the use of ballot marking devices as a primary voting system. 1/ ajc.com/news/opinion/o…
2/ As explained in the 2018 report, Ballot Marking Devices [BMDs] “may produce either a full ballot, a summary ballot, or a ‘selections-only’ ballot.”
3/ As further stated in the report, “[u]nless a voter takes notes while voting, BMDs that print only selections with abbreviated names/descriptions of the contests are virtually unusable for verifying voter intent.”
4/ Here is a link to that 2018 report, which @GaSecofState declined to provide with his opinion piece. nap.edu/read/25120/cha…
5/ And for good reason. The ES&S ExpressVote barcode BMD system that everyone expects Georgia to buy prints only selections with abbreviated names/descriptions of the contests: the type of BMD that the report specifically called “virtually unusable for verifying voter intent.”
6/ @GaSecofState misleads by omitting any mention of this key part of the report, stating only that the report recommended “human-readable paper ballots, either marked by hand or by ballot marking device.”
7/ Here is an image of an ExpressVote selections-only summary card, the type of card that @GASecofState calls a “paper ballot” and wants all of Georgia to use; the type of machine-marked “paper ballot” that the National Academies report cautioned against. freedom-to-tinker.com/2018/12/03/why…
8/ @GASecofState’s piece further misleads by citing a poll in which voters supposedly expressed a preference for machine-marked (rather than hand marked) paper ballots, even though the poll did not mention the verifiability & security concerns w/ the machine-marked kind & ...
9/ ...falsely stated that the hand marked option would involve the use of pencils (which are erasable) rather than pens (which are not).
10/ In addition, @GASecofState’s piece misleads by referencing the recommendations of Georgia’s SAFE Commission without mentioning that the only cyber security expert on that commission, Prof. Wenke Lee, recommended against BMDs as a primary voting system. whowhatwhy.org/2019/01/11/geo…
11/ Also, scanners for counting #HandMarkedPaperBallots can detect both undervotes (races left blank) and overvotes (races where the voter mistakenly makes more than one selection), but @GaSecofState’s piece deceptively mentions only that BMDs can do this. whowhatwhy.org/2019/02/12/phi…
12/ @GASecofState also omits to mention the myriad human errors that inevitably occur when touchscreen systems are used. mic.com/articles/19207…
14/ @GASecofState also implies that BMDs can be used by disabled voters without assistance when, in reality, ES&S’s BMDs have been reported to have significant problems in this respect. whowhatwhy.org/2019/02/12/phi…
15/ That these systems are certified by the United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) means little, as the EAC does not require or conduct penetration testing as a condition of certification. whowhatwhy.org/2019/02/12/phi…
16/ @GaSecofState’s piece, however, again misleads by claiming that EAC certification adds “yet another layer of security verification to bring Georgia’s voters peace of mind at the ballot box.”
17/ Finally, and perhaps most tellingly, @GASecofState’s piece omits any mention of the alarmingly close ties between ES&S on the one hand and the Republican Party and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on the other hand. whowhatwhy.org/2019/01/11/geo…
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18/ “Kemp’s new deputy chief of staff just happens to be a lobbyist for ES&S, Georgia’s current voting machine vendor, which just happens to have a touchscreen barcode system that it wants to sell to the state of Georgia.”
19/ ”These systems just happen to cost about $70 million more than hand-marked paper ballots and scanners...”
20/ “And ES&S just happens to have donated $30,000 to help elect Republicans to state office. This is every bit as terrible as it seems.”
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