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Like all voting machines, Ballot Marking Devices receive programming via MEMORY CARDS b4 each election from a county or state CENTRALIZED election management system. This makes them vulnerable to fraudulent manipulation on a scale not possible w/ #HandMarkedPaperBallots. 1/
The memory cards and election-management systems are both potential centralized attack vectors that can wreak havoc throughout an entire county or state. 2/
This is COMMON SENSE. You do not have to be a cybersecurity expert to understand why #HandMarkedPaperBallots are a more secure option than MACHINE marked printouts (which many miskeadingly call “paper ballots”) from BMDs. 3/
But vendors have succeeded in making it complicated by using misleading language that even respected election-integrity groups fell for hook, line, and sinker. It is a fraud on the public. 4/
Some of these groups are coming around and finally distinguishing between HAND marked paper ballots and MACHINE marked paper crap. 5/
But it is late in the day, as many counties throughout the US have already chosen hackable machine-marked crap from insecure Ballot Marking Devices. 6/
There is much work to be done to try to unring this terrible bell. HAND marked paper ballots as a primary system are a necessary first step w/o which manual audits & other protocols may be meaningless. 7/
But manual audits and other protocols (many of which still receive far too little attention - eg, posting & review of poll tapes) are critical too. I identify & explain those other protocols here: 8/link.medium.com/f1cMaFF5kZ
Graphic in post 9 by @Jodi______. 10/
Clarification on post 5: @cbelections has been a #HandMarkedPaperBallots champion for a long time. It is Pitt Cyber that dragged its feet but is finally speaking out publicly on this important issue (thanks, no doubt, to the work of CBE). 11/
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