Jennifer Cohn @jennycohn1 Election security advocate & writer; attorney; Contributor @WhoWhatWhy, @NYRDaily #HandMarkedPaperBallots #ProtectOurVotes Jun. 11, 2019 1 min read

I wish @VerifiedVoting & others would stop using the phrase “voter marked paper ballots,” which means either HAND marked or MACHINE-MARKED. The phrase is thus ambiguous & confusing. If VV supports #HandMarkedPaperBallots as a primary voting system, it should say so. 1/

If it doesn’t, it should say so & acknowledge that this is a controversial position & that the most popular machine-marked paper ballots use unverifiable barcodes & abbreviated text, which NASEM says is “virtually unusable for verifying voter intent.” 2/

Quote from NASEM: 3/

Link to the NASEM report:  https://www.nap.edu/read/25120/chapter/6  4/

As noted, the most popular BMDs (E.g., The ES&S ExpressVote & ExpressVote XL) also count votes w/ barcodes, which voters can’t read and thus can’t verify. 5/

This is the type of system enabled by ambiguous “voter marked paper ballot” messaging.  https://whowhatwhy.org/2019/01/11/georgia-poised-to-pick-vulnerable-barcode-voting-technology/  6/

This too.  https://www.salon.com/2019/03/28/new-hybrid-voting-system-can-change-paper-ballot-after-its-been-cast_partner/  7/

Now, more than ever, clarity concerning proposed election-security reform is essential. 8/

In this context, as in many others, “ambiguity is the devil’s volleyball.” - Emo Philips 9/

We must not let the “devil” of ambiguity undermine meaningful election-security reform. #HandMarkedPaperBallots 10/


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