1. Deadline in 1 hour - 5pm PST to make comments on the @LACountyRRCC #Voting system known as #VSAP #VotingSolutionsforAllPeople. You can email Sect of State Alex Padilla @AlexPadilla4CA at - right now! & for the next hour. #SecurityFail #LAVotes
2. We're asking @CASOSvote @AlexPadilla4CA & LA Supervisors @HildaSolis @mridleythomas @SheilaKuehl @SupJaniceHahn @kathrynbarger to repair the dangerous risky #Security flaws in the #VSAP system prior to any further certification. Petition here… #LAVotes
3. What is wrong with the "Voting Solutions for All People?" It sounds so perfect. If only the system was as good as the name. A coalition of good govt groups signed a letter detailing some of the problems that need to be addressed:… #LAVotes #SecurityFail
4. Here are some of the most critical problems w/ the #LosAngeles #VSAP #Voting system.
- It does not use #HandMarkedPaperBallots - considered the most secure option by #security experts.
- It counts #votes with #QR codes. This is considered so risky that Colorado has banned it
- The ballot goes under the printer after the voter casts it, so the paper ballot can be changed if the machine is hacked. This is a betrayal to voters w/ #Disabilities who rely on ballot-marking devices. They deserve to know that their votes will be counted accurately. #LAVotes
5. The #Voting system in #LosAngeles has not fulfilled its promise to be #OpenSource. Open source helps us know what's in our public tech. Sign a petition asking that these issues be addressed prior to certification. Petition closes 9/21 #SecurityFail…
6. Great reporting (as always) on this system by @KimZetter
" A recent study of a mock election using these kinds of devices found that ... voters missed more than 93 percent of the errors the machines introduced."… #SecurityFail #LAVotes
7. @KimZetter covered something almost no one else discussed - the chilling & suspicious track record of the vendor #Smartmatic. "The company, founded in Florida in 1999 by Venezuelan engineers/ (its partner) received $200,000 from / an investment arm of the Venezuelan govt."
8. #Smartmatic is the main vendor for the #LosAngeles #Voting system, even though they built the voting system in #Venezuela "amid allegations that he [Chavez] and his supporters rigged the election." Wouldn't it be good if we could see that source code?
#SecurityFail #LAVotes
9. @KimZetter continues, "In the Philippines/ [Smartmatic] was embroiled in further controversy in 2016/ Authorities /accused the company’s employees of altering a script on an election server without authorization as results were being transmitted during a national election."
10. "critics contended that votes in the race for vice president changed dramatically after the script change."…
This is the company that built the voting system that millions of voters in LosAngeles are going to use.
11. Sign the petition now. Demand that CA Secretary of State @AlexPadilla4CA refuse any further certification until all #security issues have been remedied, the system is #OpenSource and a new security review had been conducted and passed. #SecurityFail…
12. Ideally the system needs to move to a vendor with a more reliable #security track record like @galois. Read the full @SMART_elections
letter here.… #LAVotes #SecurityFail @kiniry
13. If you're concerned about whether or not your #Voting system is secure & whether your vote will be counted - plz join us at our next #ElectionProtection Forum on 9/22 at 7pm ET. Topic: #Audits: How do you know if the results are correct? Sign up now…
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Thread 1. Lawsuit being filed in #Florida today to force #election officials to preserve digital images of #ballots. Digital ballot images are photos of the ballot made when the ballot is scanned. New generation scanners create these images automatically.…
2. Fun Fact: Scanners don't count the paper ballot. They take a photo (the digital ballot image) & count info from that photo. So the digital ballot image is part of the chain of custody of the vote & must be preserved. Courts in AZ confirmed this. This is a digital ballot image.
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