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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 votingsystems@sos.ca.gov - 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 ctionnetwork.org/letters/la-vot… #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: img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/5275… #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
actionnetwork.org/letters/la-vot…
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." politico.com/news/2020/03/0… #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."
politico.com/news/2020/03/0…
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 actionnetwork.org/letters/la-vot…
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. img1.wsimg.com/blobby/go/5275… #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 smartelections.us/electionprotec…
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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.
drive.google.com/file/d/1yekUWk…
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.
3. Digital ballot images can be manipulated. This was demonstrated at a 2019 @defcon @VotingVillageDC talk by Kart Kandula & Jeremy Wink, students at @UMich. Because of this it's important to use the original paper ballot for all official audits.
media.defcon.org/DEF%20CON%2027… p. 36
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