"It is in m my view inexcusable that our democracy depends on such hackable voter technology made by a handful of companies [e.g., ES&S & Dominion] that have been able to EVADE OVERSIGHT and in fact have actually been STONEWALLING the Congress for years. " - Senator Wyden 1/
"My legislation [The #PaveAct] focuses on two common sense measures that are backed by the overwhelming number of cybersecurity experts in our country: paper ballots and risk limiting audits." 2/
"And I wrote this bill in spite of this campaign of DUCKING and BOBBING and WEAVING, really STONEWALLING from the major voting machine companies [which are ES&S and Dominion]..." 3/
"Over the past year …. I .... wrote the voting machine companies asking them basic questions about their cyber-security. These were not complicated questions. They were have you been hacked, do you employ in house cyber-experts? Really the basic, sort of cyber hygiene 101." 4/
"The [voting machine] companies refused to answer how or even if they are protecting their systems and the votes of the American people." 5/
"Earlier this year the NYT...reveal[ed] that ES&S, the largest voting machine mftr, was selling devices that came pre-installed w/ MODEMS & REMOTE MONITORING SOFTWARE. The experts say remote access 2 election infrastructure is now a FIVE ALARM CRISIS when it comes 2 security." 6/
"My view is you could only make it worse if you were to leave unguarded ballot boxes in Moscow and Beijing." 7/
8/ "So I kept writing to the company [ES&S], following up with the same common sense questions. They ignored those as well."
"It is clear to me, Mr. Chairman, these [voting machine] companies want to be the gatekeepers of our democracy, but they seem completely uninterested in safeguarding it." 9/
"Five states exclusively use voting machines that do not use a paper trail which can be hacked and are impossible to audit reliably. That strikes me as a prescription for disaster." 10/
"Americans need to have paper ballots marked by hand. Until that system is adopted, every election that goes by is yet another election that … hostile foreign governments including Russia can hack." 11/
"Earlier this year the Congress appropriated $380 million to help states upgrade their election technology. * * * And my concern … is the states could go out and buy a whole lot more hackable technology from these stonewalling voting machine companies." (Cough. ExpressVote.) 12/
"The statements of the Commissioner who is # 2 at the [US] Election Assistance] Commission, Commissioner McCormick, also concern me greatly. She stated publicly last year that she disagrees w/ the intelligence community that Russia sought to influence the 2016 election." 13/
"Mr. Chairman, you and I have heard again and again …. that It is the overwhelming view of the intelligence community that Russia sought to influence the 2016 election." 14/
"So I can’t for the life of me figure out why the number two official at the Election Assistance Commission is dismissing the analysis of the … administration’s intelligence experts." 15/
"You can set aside the outcome of the 2016 election. No matter who you pulled the lever for the last time around, all of us here in the Senate have to care about defending our elections foreign hackers going forward." 16/
I transcribed Senator Wyden's complete statement to the 7/11/18 Senate Rules Committee hearing on election security. Here is the link. #handmarked #paperballots #AuditTheVote 17/ drive.google.com/file/d/1TVhYK6…
Here is a link to the video of Senator Wyden providing his statement to the Senate Rules Committee hearing on election security. This is what I transcribed in the document linked at post 17. #handmarked #paperballots #AuditTheVote 18/

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Jan 13, 2019
Study shows that people of all political persuasions are willing to modify their beliefs based on corrective info from reliable sources, but “subjects ‘re-believed’ the false info when retested a week later.” 1/ news.northeastern.edu/2018/06/18/tir…
2/ The author of the article says It may help to warn people in advance that they are likely to forget the correction bc “this helps them mentally tag the bogus information as false.”
3/ It’s also “important that the corrective information be repeated as frequently, and with even greater clarity, than the myth.”
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Oct 9, 2018
I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings but elections have been electronically suspect starting long before the Trump/Russia scandal. This article is lulling folks into a false sense of security, which is dangerous. Domestic hackers & insiders were always an equal threat. 1/
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I agree, tho not enuf time (and 0 political will) to do this in Nov. Wish it were different. For now I hope to stop states from doubling up on electronics w/ touchscreen ballot markers. Using electronics to count votes is bad enuf. Having them mark our ballots too is nuts. 1/
Nuts except for those who are unable to hand mark their ballots. Once you have hand marked paper ballots they can be either scanned or hand counted (my preference) or both. 2/
Any time u put a machine between the voter and the paper record of voter intent there is an opportunity for programming mischief. Here is just the latest example.: 3/
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I’m hoping some of the cyber experts who signed the letter about the risks of using cellular modems to transfer election results can answer this question. Thx! @philipbstark @SEGreenhalgh @rad_atl @jhalderm
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Seeing as no one has answered yet, I will say that even if the cellular modems CAN be configured to bypass the internet, we should not have to blindly trust that vendors or whoever else is hired to set them up will do that. 1/
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Oct 8, 2018
Kathy Rogers, the face & voice of @ESSVote, which has installed CELLULAR MODEMS in tabulators in WI & FL, is cozying up to @DHSgov which refuses to advise states to remove the modems despite a letter from 30 cyber experts & EI groups stating it should do so. #CorruptElections 1/
Here’s the letter. drive.google.com/file/d/1-Fd8a8… 2/
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The notion that cellular modems affect only “unofficial” results is bogus bc, among other reasons, in certain jurisdictions, unofficial results become the official results once added to absentees & provisionals—sometimes w/o ever comparing them to the precinct results tapes! 1/
And Wisconsin doesn’t even require that counties publicly post the results tapes so that the public itself can make this comparison! (I don’t know about Florida, Michigan, & Illinois.) 2/
Thus, we must simply trust that someone trustworthy is conducting this due diligence. In Johnson County, Kansas, the County acknowledged that it does NOT conduct this basic due diligence. 3/
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