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.@GaSecofState rejected unhackable HAND MARKED paper ballots in favor of hackable MACHINE MARKED “summary cards” (which NASEM advises against) that put votes into QR codes. The QR codes are the only part counted as your vote. @AJC is misleading the public with biased coverage. 1/
2/ I have written to @AJC in the past about its propensity for spreading propaganda on behalf of @GASecofState. But they have no shame. Thread.
3/ One of the new @AJC pieces was written by David Becker who has helped election officials spread the LIE (debunked by cybersecurity journalist @kimzetter and others) that voting machines don’t connect to the internet.
4/ Equally telling, Becker is paid by @DemocracyFund, which is itself invested in a Ballot Marking Device developer. (GA’s controversial new machines are BMDs.) Thread.
5/ The vendor itself is sketchy. One of its VP’s came from GTech, an international gaming company and former client of Paul Manafort. Thread.
7/ The following report by three highly regarded election experts—@rad_atl, @philipbstark, and Andrew Appel—discusses many of the concerns with BMDs. papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cf…
8/ Like the state’s current voting machines, BMDs will receive programming before each election from the state’s centralized election management system. This makes them vulnerable to fraudulent manipulation on a broad scale not possible with #HandMarkedPaperBallots.
9/ Even if some voters notice flipped or missing selections on their printouts, how would this put GA in a better position than when voters noticed vote flipping on its current touchscreens in 2018?!
10/ As in 2018, the greatest concern will not be those voters who notice and correct their ballots, but rather those who don’t. And as in 2018, voters will have to take @GASecofState’s word for it as to the cause of the problem.
11/ In claiming these types of concerns don’t matter, Becker relies substantially on a report by Dan Wallach. But Wallach himself admitted that his defense of BMDs is based on “many things that don’t exist yet in the real world.”
12/ As noted by election-security expert @SEGreenhalgh, the @danwallach report is “divorced from real world conditions” and is based on complicating auditing above and beyond the auditing that states like GA already refuse to conduct.
13/ The Wallach report does not in any way justify current purchases of dangerous BMDs as they will be deployed in 2020 and for the foreseeable future after that. That Becker implied otherwise is indefensible.
14/ Here is yet another election-expert, explaining the problem with BMDs that put votes into barcodes. (QR codes are a type of barcode.)

Hursti is an internationally respected computer scientist and co-organized this years #defcon hacking conference.
15/ Here is @danwallach’s report. As noted, Wallach himself admits that it posits complex protocols that do not exist in the “real world.” I wonder why he wrote it. Let me know what you think. Thanks. arxiv.org/pdf/1908.01897…
16/ More crappy propaganda reporting from @ajc on the issue of election security. Thread.
17/ And yet another example of @ajc spreading election-security propaganda for @BrianKempGA. It’s easier to lead lambs to the slaughter if they are kept in the dark. Thread.
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