Jennifer Cohn @jennycohn1 Election security advocate & writer; attorney; Contributor @WhoWhatWhy, @NYRDaily #HandMarkedPaperBallots #ProtectOurVotes May. 25, 2019 1 min read

Why did this story by ⁦⁦@Elaijuh⁩ focus on what appear to be unfounded concerns that the new system will cause long lines, while ignoring the security concerns w/ the Sequoia AVC Advantage UNAUDITABLE touchscreens that the new system replaced? 1/  https://www.philly.com/politics/pennsylvania/montco-paper-ballots-primary-election-2019-20190525.html 

This is a story about Montgomery County, PA, where election integrity advocates successfully fought tooth and nail to replace the county’s unauditable touchscreen voting machines with a #HandmarkedPaperBallot system. 2/

Although mismanagement can long lines with any system, touchscreen systems usually cause longer lines than using #HandmarkedPaperBallots & scanners.  https://arxiv.org/pdf/0810.5577.pdf  3/

4/ This is bc touchscreens limit the number of people who can vote at once to the number of working touchscreens at the polling place. By contrast, w/#HandmarkedPaperBallots, you can have as many people filling out their ballots as you want, using cardboard privacy dividers.

5/ And the scanning part should take only a few seconds.

6/ The new system replaced Montgomery County’s old paperless (unauditable) and insecure touchscreen voting machines called the Sequoia AVC Advantage. Why not a word about this from @Elaijuh & @PhillyInquirer?!  https://youtu.be/LfEiJTCIsNA 

7/ More on the Sequoia paperless (impossible to audit) AVC Advantage. Again, why did @Elaijuh focus on apparently unfounded voter concerns about lines, while ignoring the security issue altogether?!  https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/08/2016-elections-russia-hack-how-to-hack-an-election-in-seven-minutes-214144 

8/ This is not the first time @Elaijuh and @PhillyInquirer have given shirt shrift to security concerns with touchscreen voting equipment. What gives?!

9/ Are voters just supposed to telepathically understand the security differences between the old system and the new one?! Don’t you think their concerns might be alleviated a bit if reporters did their jobs and reported election security facts? FFS.

10/ And about the hypothetical longer lines. It is not a reporter’s job to report baseless concerns. It is a reporter’s job to listen to those concerns and determine if they are well founded and report what they find out.


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