@RVAwonk @ybbkaren The Root article stretched too far imo. But we shld have been scrutinizing all along-& shld scrutinize now—the many red flags re: our voting machines & tabulators (eg remote access software, cellular modems, an SOS who turned off machine audit functions) to protect us in 2018! 1/
@RVAwonk @ybbkaren By continuing to downplay the risk relating to vote tallies and our largest voting machine vendors--ES&S and Dominion--and by failing to apply the same level of scrutiny that we have applied to Russia collusion (which we also may never be able to prove), we have ensured... 2/
@RVAwonk @ybbkaren …that we will NOT know b4 2018 where ES&S has installed remote access software & cellular modems, that ES&S will continue selling systems w/ cellular modems (the DS200 scanners are used in 25 states, but we don't know which have the cellular modems--WI, FL, RI are a "yes") 3/
@RVAwonk @ybbkaren …. and that the same shady "players" who sit on the Election Assistance Advisory Board and who sell these systems w/ misleading claims about their security can continue to do their "thing" unchecked by public or Congressional scrutiny. And THAT is a tragedy. 4/
@RVAwonk @ybbkaren And if we don't turn things around and treat the risk with the level of public scrutiny it deserves, people will still suspect (correctly) that their votes may not count, but will be unarmed with the types of facts that might otherwise embolden them to take steps to help... 5/
@RVAwonk @ybbkaren … detect and deter hacking. Counties, for example, never have enough poll observers. And that must change in 2018. Poll observers can take pictures of the vote totals at each precinct to make sure they match the totals from the tabulators. If they don't, this may indicate... 6/
@RVAwonk @ybbkaren … a tabulation error or hacking of the central tabulators. And it can most definitely provide the basis for an election challenge. Likewise, as we are seeing in Georgia, some touchscreen machines may omit certain races from their totals entirely--again, if we had … 7/
@RVAwonk @ybbkaren … an informed populace, they would know to volunteer as poll observers and could actually catch this sort of thing like they are starting to do in Georgia. The election integrity activists in Georgia should be role models for the entire nation. In two weeks, their petition... 8/
@RVAwonk @ybbkaren … for hand marked paper ballots in November got TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED SIGNATURES. And yes there is still time for hand marked ballots in November bc, as we have learned in Ga, even paperless states use scanners for paper absentees, which they can use in Nov. to count... 9/
@RVAwonk @ybbkaren … hand marked ballots for everyone in November. But the only place this might conceivably happen at this point is Georgia because Georgia is the only state that has applied the same level of scrutiny to potential vote tally manipulation as it has to #RussiaGate. 10/
@RVAwonk @ybbkaren Likewise, Georgia is the one state where activists are actually aware that so-called "paper ballots" from ES&S's touchscreen barcode ballot markers have risks that hand marked paper ballots don't. So while these new risky systems spread like wildfire...11/ medium.com/@jennycohn1/st…
@RVAwonk @ybbkaren … throughout the rest of the country, Georgia alone (thanks to the efforts of a relatively small band of activists) is holding them at bay … for now. Knowledge is power. And by deliberately NOT informing ourselves about the many red flags w/ our largest vendors... 12/
@RVAwonk @ybbkaren (just two vendors, ES&S & Dominion, account for 80% of US election equipment), … we have left ourselves completely at the mercy of the vendors. And if more people had been paying attention to the history of these vendors, that is a very concerning situation in which... 13/
@RVAwonk @ybbkaren … to have placed ourselves. 14/
@RVAwonk @ybbkaren And as for the problems with voter registrations, if we applied any level of scrutiny there, more people would know that many "red flag" states are moving to electronic poll books more or less for the first time in 2018 & that these poll books are provided by the same... 15/
@RVAwonk @ybbkaren … shady vendors that supply the voting machines. But nobody knows that because the media and many large Twitter accounts can't see anything but the Kremlin right now and have, until that kind of overblown Root article, largely refrained from digging into potential vote... 16/
@RVAwonk @ybbkaren … tally manipulation. 17/
@RVAwonk @ybbkaren 23/ We also should have been talking all this time--and should start talking now--about the "players" who are responsible for making decisions about voting machine security. Because I assure you it's disturbing. And desperately needs some daylight.

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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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Oct 9, 2018
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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Oct 8, 2018
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
P. 79 describes the modem elections.wi.gov/sites/default/…
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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Oct 8, 2018
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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