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In today's @morningcybersecurity @ericgeller reports that the EAC has admitted it falsely testified to the Senate that federally certified voting machines aren't connected to the internet. This is a big deal 1/ politi.co/2N0uHH2
This is important because the EAC has stated REPEATEDLY since 2016 that federally certified voting machines are not connected to the internet, underscoring the broader, also oft-repeated falsehood that no voting machines are connected to the Internet& therefore,can't be hacked 2/
EAC commissioners have testified to congress, at countless public appearances, to state election officials to the press and public 3/ washingtonpost.com/opinions/dont-…
It's just not true, but this lie has come from voting system vendors, EAC, NASS and others and it's done significant damage. Time and again state election officials and lawmakers have resisted meaningful reforms, because they incorrectly think voting machines aren't online 4/
There is a direct through-line from this lie to state & local officials that have discounted additional security precautions bcz they don't have an accurate assessment of the security risks of voting systems. EAC, NASS & vendors that have disseminated this lie are responsible 5/
“I can’t even begin to tell you how they’d hack us. Nothing is hooked up to anything. How could anybody hack us? I’m not worried about anything. Sometimes it seems like a lot of hullabaloo.”-Sara May-Silfee, the director of elections for Monroe County
“First and foremost, and probably most importantly, county voting machines cannot be hacked remotely and there is no way for a foreign government or perpetrator to gain access to them without physically breaking a seal protocol." 8/
“Physical security, right now, I think is the most vulnerable,” Kersey told the commission. “Our [voting] systems don’t touch the internet.”
Since the voting systems are not online, the only potential risk for vote rigging would be through tampering with voting machines 10/
“The machines we have now cannot be hacked,” said Cumberland County Commissioner Vince DiFilippo. Commissioners from other counties echoed the same sentiment about their machines. 12/
The EAC had to be backed into a corner before correcting the record to congress. But what about the public, state lawmakers and officials that haven't seen the correction? Until this is corrected real reforms will encounter resistance.
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