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24 Jul
Thread:
1. NY just passed #AVR Automatic Voter Registration. @StandUpAmerica estimates this will add over 1Mill voters to the #NY rolls. Wouldn't it be great to know that those votes were going to be counted correctly? But w/new #VotingMachines being certified we will not know.
2. #Security experts like @rad_atl & @kskoglund & auditing expert @philipbstark say that the hybrid #VotingMachines are not secure and "No form of audit can confirm they functioned correctly." (Quote from Dr. Stark). Read a paper he co-authored. stat.berkeley.edu/~stark/Preprin…
3. One #Hybrid #VotingMachine is already certified in #NY. It's the Dominion ICE & is in at least 15 counties including #Westchester County where they're trying to buy 100s more. In the Westchester #primary the ICE hybrid voting machines created 4 hour lines. via @IndivisWstchr
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24 Jun
Thread #ElectionSecurity is THE #VoterSuppression issue.
1. I want you to listen to this @nytimes #TheDaily podcast about the #GeorgiaPrimary meltdown nytimes.com/2020/06/11/pod… Listen to how they tiptoe around the issue of #votingmachines & don't identify them as the CENTRAL issue.
2. Why are #votingmachines the central #VoterSuppression issue in #GA & many other states? Because they are the new #JimCrow. The machine is the way officials control how many ppl vote & how those votes are counted. It might as well be a literacy test. Could it be more obvious?
3. The podcast notes that the counties that did not get enough voting machines (for example 3, when they needed 8) were the counties with LARGE #Dem populations w/predominantly voters of color. W/a touchscreen voting machine if you don't have enough machines you have long lines.
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6 Feb
Thread. 1. Reposting these images now with the title
"Iowa Math is the #NewMath." In my original post I called these #RoundingErrors. But they are not errors. This is exactly the way the Iowa Democratic Party wants the votes to be counted. #IowaCaucus
smartelections.us/iowa-new-math
2. From my post: "Because of the way the math was done at the caucuses, many precincts wound up with an extra delegate that got 'assigned' to one of the candidates at the end of the caucus. We were able to look at worksheets from 18 precincts that were posted on Twitter." #Iowa
3. "We found a strange process where numbers below .5 were being rounded up in multiple precincts. 6 of the precincts (1/3) had the unusual 'rounding up.' Of the 6 precincts with the "rounding up" - 4 were given to Buttigieg, 2 to Biden, and 1 to Warren. #IowaCaucuses #NewMath
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22 Jan
Please help hand-count audits continue in Columbia County. The Board of Supervisors has said they are not planning to reinstate Virginia Martin as election commissioner. She needs your support.
They need to call a meeting by 6pm today to reinstate her. Please send a short email to these supervisors letting them know what it means to you that Columbia County keep her on and that she continue to do hand-count audits there. Thank you.
Peter Cipkowski <pcipkowski@gmail.com>,
Art Bassin <abassin@aol.com>,
Kathy Leck Eldridge <kple900@yahoo.com>,
Brenda Archer Adams <beahwd@gmail.com>,
Michael Chameides <michael@chameid.es>,
Abdus Miah <abdusmiah@gmail.com>,
Raymond Staats <raymondstaats@yahoo.com>,
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17 Jan
1/ Election officials & the media can stop saying that there is "No evidence that Russians changed vote tallies" usatoday.com/story/news/pol…
2/ Because now there IS evidence that vote totals may have been affected. "A Georgia election server contains evidence that it was possibly hacked before the 2016 presidential election ... according to an election security expert." politico.com/news/2020/01/1…
3/ "The incident, which occurred in late 2014...not only calls into question the integrity of Georgia’s voting machines during critical elections, but raises new questions about whether attackers were able to manipulate election data & voter info through the compromised server."
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16 Dec 19
#ElectionSecurity funding will NOT actually have to be used for Election Security.
$425M allocated in bill to be announced later today.
"the funding deal used the language in the Senate version" which has NO #security requirements.
thehill.com/policy/cyberse… via @jennycohn1
@jennycohn1 2/ Why is this bad? Because states will be pressured by vendors to buy risky & expensive #votingmachines that do not protect voters or #taxpayers. Plz call members of the appropriations committee & ask them to include the language from #HR3351.
@jennycohn1 3/ What is #HR3351? It's the 2020 govt. funding bill that passed the House. It's a massive bill that includes $ & #security requirements to help protect #Election2020.

congress.gov/bill/116th-con…

Here is the language that relates to #ElectionSecurity.
#SMARTelections @jennycohn1
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15 Dec 19
#Security for #Election2020 is at stake right now.
1) #ElectionSecurity is for our national defense. It is worth investing in.
2) If we do not have security REQUIREMENTS w/funding some states will spend poorly. That is bad for tax payers & bad for voters. #SMARTelections
At our #Senate briefing on #ElectionSecurity we brought national experts on #computer systems, #security and #audits together to demonstrate why it's critically important that congressional funding for election security includes REQUIREMENTS for security.
smartelections.us/congressional-…
3/ How EASY is it to change election results? #Princeton Prof of #Computer Science AndrewApppel says it's basic. Voting machines are computers. Computers can be programmed to run malware. It could be done w/ a USB stick & via modem.
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30 Nov 19
A Pennsylvania County’s Election Day Nightmare Underscores Voting Machine Concerns
THE ARTICLE SAYS THE “BALLOTS” (summary cards) WERE RE-COUNTED BY HAND BUT THEY WERE ACTUALLY SCANNED BY MACHINE...KEVIN SKOGLUND IS ASKING @nytimes
TO PRINT A CORRECTION
nyti.ms/2rGZTkk
"Abe Kassis, a Democrat, had just 164 votes out of 55,000 ballots... Some machines reported 0 votes for him. In a county with the ability to vote for a straight-party ticket, one candidate’s 0 votes was a near statistical impossibility. Something had gone quite wrong."
"With clearly faulty results in at least the judge’s election, officials began counting the paper backup ballots generated by the same machines. The paper ballots showed Mr. Kassis winning narrowly, 26,142 to 25,137, over his opponent, the Republican Victor Scomillio."
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5 Nov 19
1/6 HOW TO SET GOOD GUIDELINES FOR VOTING SYSTEMS
1) Consult with #cybersecurity experts
2) Do what they say
House bill #HR3351 says "the voter shall have the option to mark his or her ballot by hand." That's good. That's what the majority of cybersecurity experts recommend.
2/6 HOW NOT TO SET GUIDELINES FOR VOTING SYSTEMS
Senate bill #SecureElectionsAct sets up a panel of "independent experts on #ElectionSecurity" then fills it with ppl who are NOT #security experts. If you have to have heart surgery - do you want a surgeon or a hospital admin?
3/6 The #SecureElectionsAct has #bipartisan support, but contrary to current narrative it is NOT less intrusive to states - just less effective. It still sets up standards - but instead of specific ones, they are undefined & will be determined later by a panel of non-security ppl
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29 Oct 19
Thread. BIG NEWS the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines 2.0 #cybersecurity working group is going to recommend NO #Wi-Fi & NO #Internet capability for #voting systems. This does not include #epollbooks but does include tabulators & election management systems. @secureourvotes
This is not a done deal, but it is a good step! The working group recommendations will be given to the Technical Guidelines Development Committee this Fri & they (the TGDC) may vote on these recs (could be up/down) then (supposedly) they go to the EAC for a public comment period.
Keep in mind that even if the EAC adopts these guidelines - they are still VOLUNTARY. States can choose to disregard them, or follow some & not others. Also the recommendation is not for the Wi-Fi capability to be removed, but instead permanently disabled due to cost of removal.
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22 Oct 19
Securing America’s Elections Part II: Oversight of Government Agencies #ElectionSecurity hearings supposed to be starting now by the House #JudiciaryCommittee
Strong priorities stated by #MattMasterson from @CISAgov but a focus on detecting interference will not detect insider rigging.
@CISAgov @EACgov Hovland saying states do not have the resources they need to protect #elections. And Election Assistance Commission budget is less than some cities spend on potholes.
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4 Sep 19
Wow. #Orwellian #Doublespeak Below @KathyBoockvar claims to be part of a bipartisan effort to improve #ElectionSecurity. Yesterday she released a report re-certifying the #ExpressVoteXL through a secret review that was not open to the public. freespeechforpeople.org/wp-content/upl…
3 good government groups made a joint statement about what a charade this #security review of the #ExpressVoteXL was freespeechforpeople.org/election-secur…
“It is disappointing that @KathyBoockvar decided not to be fully transparent” said @kskoglund Chief Technologist of Citizens for Better Elections. “Every petition for reexamination since 1980 has included a demonstration where the public and petitioners were invited."
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26 Aug 19
Excited to announce we have an offer of up to $5,000 in matching funds for $$ raised via our GoFundMe thru the end of Sept! $ raised so far will be included! Thx to those who donated! Can you plz give as much as you can today to support #ElectionSecurity! gofundme.com/f/support-bett…
2. Your donation will help me edit/distribute footage of #hackers dominating #election equipment from the @VotingVillageDC at #DEFCON27. #Voting machines & #registration databases from all over US were hacked/ all of it is in use. This port? easy to #hack. gofundme.com/f/support-bett…
3. Your donation also supports my writing - like the op-ed I wrote for #TheHill describing what easy pickings our #voting machines are for #hackers. thehill.com/opinion/techno… The piece was shared almost 3k times. gofundme.com/f/support-bett…
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20 Aug 19
Thread 1. !CTA! Tues 8/20 8:30 PM EST Unique Opportunity - call w/ Senator @RonWyden & @HarriHursti To get $600M dollars in #ElectionSecurity funding for cash-strapped states. Sign up for call here: zoom.us/webinar/regist… @StandUpAmerica @secureourvotes @LetNYvote @commoncauseny
2. Read my op-ed @thehill about what I experienced at #DEFCON & the very real dangers we are facing right now in achieving an accurate vote count. thehill.com/opinion/techno… @VerifiedVoting @NEDCDefense @D3P @BrennanCenter @dailykos
3. !CTA! 9/17 there will be a nation-wide action to push for the $600M in #ElectionSecurity funding. Call tonight is to plan for this. Sign up: zoom.us/webinar/regist… Host an event. @StandUpAmerica @peoplefor @emilyslist @LetNYvote @NYDLC @representus @VerifiedVoting
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6 Jun 19
4. Many voters and advocates may not understand how these voter registration databases can be hacked and cause complete chaos at the polls. Good reporting suggests this happened in North Carolina in 2016 and may have caused Clinton to lose that state. nytimes.com/2017/09/01/us/…
5. Inside sources at the state BOE told me that some of the commissioners are feeling rushed and unable to do due diligence vetting epoll books
@LetNYvote @commoncauseny @BrooklynVoters @BKVoters @NYDLC
6. #VRSystems is partnering with NTS - one of the vendors that is under consideration to be approved in NY. It is not advisable to approve a VR Systems partner for use in NY State. @NYSBOE
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6 Jun 19
1. Washington County #FL - reported by @washingtonpost to have had its #VoterRegistrationDatabase hacked in #Election2016 - had all of its major systems provided by #VRsystems. washingtonpost.com/world/national… @LetNYvote
2. According to maps from VR Systems website provided to me by excellent #ElectionSecurity researcher & co-founder of the Florida Fair Elections Coalition #SusanPynchon. Washington County used VR Systems for voter registration databases, website services & election mngmt systems.
3. #NY state is about to approve vendors for epoll books (electronic voter registration databases that are connected to the internet.) Because of the rush to get ready for #EarlyVoting in #NY the epoll books are scheduled to be approved today without even a public comment period
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21 May 19
I'm at the NYC Board of Elections mtg. Just spoke w Commissioner Flateau. He was unaware that the Dominion ICE is in use in 3 counties. The machine can be hacked to add votes to paper ballots.
There will be a demo of e poll book vendors on 5/29.
They just changed the epollbook demo. Not sure when it is now. They use these public meetings to work out when they will all be available to get together. It seems like they could do this ahead of time with a doodle.
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23 Apr 19
EAC having a meeting on the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines now. 5 - 8pm EST. eac.gov/media/video-pl…

They are in public comment period now until the end of May.
There is no video right now. Only audio.
Here's the video
eac.gov/media/video-pl…
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7 Nov 18
Thread 1. My latest #ElectionSecurity reporting on the presence of a #WiFi signal in the tabulating room in #Dallas TX - the state where @BetoORourke lost his #Senate race to @tedcruz truthout.org/articles/new-e…
2. The investigation is over a backdrop of previous trouble that #Dallas County had with the results in the March #Democratic #Primary where multiple precincts had more #votes than #voters. Never a good thing.
3. On @TheBradBlog I talk about the investigation & play exclusive audio of #LauraPressley, an engineer coordinating #election observers all over #TX who discovered the irregularities, so you hear directly from the person who is reporting the #WiFi signal. bradblog.com/?p=12780
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2 Nov 18
1/3 Was trying to remember when the ES&S hack was - when @VotingVillageDC reminded me last night. It was Aug 2017 - In the massive 1.8 mill #voter ES&S #data breach part of the download was...encrypted versions of passwords for ES&S employee accounts. usatoday.com/story/tech/201…
2/3 @UpGuard is the company who found the breach. “The worse-case scenario is that they could be completely infiltrated right now,” said Upguard's director of strategy Jon Hendren.
3/3 ES&S is the largest provider of voting equipment in the country. Let me just repeat that for emphasis. “The worse-case scenario is that they could be completely infiltrated right now.” And hackers could have had a full year to do what they need to do. apnews.com/f6876669cb6b4e…
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6 Sep 18
Thread 1. @BrianLehrer I am shocked to hear @JohnKerry admit that they suspected the algorithm of the voting machines in Ohio was manipulated in 2004 & yet they did not challenge the results. AND THEY SAID NOTHING.
2. Those of us who researched the 2004 Ohio election for years & concluded that the results were in all likelihood not accurate - needed someone of @JohnKerry's stature to speak out - yet he did not until now. He allowed ppl to call it a #conspiracytheory & said nothing.
3. An excerpt from my documentary demonstrating that in most counties in Ohio in the 2004 election the handcount did not match the machine count. hollerbackfilm.com/film-clips-1/ Many activists & a few journalists have worked for years to get this message out. Where was @JohnKerry?
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