Thread on @washingtonpost article that mentions @SMART_elections extensively.
1. "Voting machines didn’t steal the election. But most are still terrible technology."…
2. "a tech backwater, the voting machine industry has been sustained through inertia and sweetheart deals ... One hurdle to reform is that the industry is dominated by three players — Election Systems & Software...Dominion Voting (30 percent); and Hart InterCivic (15 percent)."
3. "ES&S, has seized on the moment to threaten members of SMART Elections, a journalism and advocacy group, with a lawsuit for spreading “false, defamatory and disparaging” information about one of its machines, the ExpressVote XL."…
4. The @washingtonpost article makes it clear we are not spreading false info, far from it. Our "factual observations, really — include that the machine “can add, delete, or change the votes on individual ballots” and that it is a “bad voting machine.”…
5. Those facts were confirmed by Princeton Professor Andrew Appel in a blog.

"Well, let me explain it for you. The ExpressVote XL, if hacked, can add, delete, or change votes on individual ballots."… #ElectionSecurity
6. Back to the @washingtonpost article
"Because SMART Elections is a collective of committed, individual activists — who translate academic research and relay it to state regulators — ES&S threatened to hold the members of the group “personally and individually liable” #Voting
7. “But nothing SMART Elections is saying is controversial, let alone DefCon, the gigantic Las Vegas hackers’ convention...the hackers found ...“poor physical security protections that could allow undetected tampering" #Hacking
8. "There is world of difference, however, between SMART Elections’s comments on ES&S machines and Giuliani and Powell’s accusations against Dominion. SMART Elections is conveying facts"
9. "Yet ES&S would like you to think that anyone who criticizes a voting machine or its maker is trying to delegitimize elections and erode democracy itself." #ElectionTwitter
10. Response from @SMART_elections attorney to ES&S lawsuit threat, "your client is, in my opinion, a thuggish operation which is not interested in selling
its machines because of their merits, but wants to win approval through threats and intimidation."…
11. Help protect your vote. Experts say hybrid voting machines will "deteriorate our security & our ability to have confidence in our elections." Anyone can send a letter now. It takes 3 mins. If we improve NY security, it may help other states as well.…

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More from @SMART_elections

15 Sep 20
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
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2 Jul 20
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.
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.… p. 36
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