Dear @vermontSOS (D): I am alarmed that you helped scuttle the Secure Elections Act w/ your expressed "concern" that the "mandates for post-election audits [were] too stringent..." If anything, they were not stringent enough. cnn.com/2018/08/22/pol… 1/
Contrary to what election officials have lead us to believe, all voting machines & scanners can be hacked via the internet even if they are not themselves connected to it. 2/ freedom-to-tinker.com/2016/09/20/whi…
This is because (among other reasons) all voting machines & scanners must receive programming before each election from centralized computers that can and often do connect to the internet. 3/
We recently learned, thanks to reporting by @kimzetter, that voting machine vendor ES&S (44% of US election equipment) has installed remote access software on some of its machines, but won't way where. 4/ motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/…
Likewise, ES&S has installed cellular modems on some (perhaps many) of its popular DS200 scanners, which are used in about 25 states. IT expert Andrew Appel says these cellular modems would facilitate a man-in-the-middle hack. 5/ democraticunderground.com/12512657652;
freedom-to-tinker.com/2018/02/22/are…
Voting machine vendor Dominion Voting appears to be using cellular modems as well, at least in Detroit, Michigan. 6/
Together, ES&S and Dominion account for more than 80% of US equipment. 7/ trustthevote.org/wp-content/upl…
Recent 11th hour "glitches" in high profile races like the #GA06 special election of 2017 (GA's machines are paperless) and the August 7 primaries in Kansas (which does not require manual audits) call into question the legitimacy of our democracy. 8/
Here is my article on the Kansas gubernatorial primary. 9/ tytnetwork.com/2018/08/17/kob…
The following 28 states have used electronic voting for more than a decade and yet have failed to enact laws requiring any sort of manual audit at all:

Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Idaho
Kansas
Illinois
Indiana
Louisiana
Maryland
Maine

10/
Michigan
Mississippi
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin

11/ americanprogress.org/issues/democra…
Per IT expert @jhalderm, just two states (Colorado and New Mexico) conduct post-election audits anywhere near sufficient to detect hacking. editions.lib.umn.edu/electionacadem… 12/
Our elections are a matter of national security, and you have failed to protect them. And contrary to popular belief, the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the authority to legislate in this area. 13/
If you do not fix this quickly, we will vote you out of office. #ProtectOurVotes. 14/
I’m not suggesting you go back & support the hopelessly watered down Secure Elections Act. I am demanding, 4 the sake of our country, that you go back & support Senator Wyden’s #PAVEAct, which requires states to use #paperballots, to allow voters to mark the ballots by HAND...15/
, ... and to conduct Risk Limiting Audits for every federal election. RLA’s are the only type of manual audit endorsed by @commoncause, @verifiedvoting, and @LWV. 16/
The time to #ProtectOurVotes is NOW. 17/

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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/
Read 11 tweets
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/
Read 8 tweets
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/
Read 16 tweets
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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