Jennifer Cohn @jennycohn1 Election security advocate & writer; attorney; Contributor @WhoWhatWhy, @NYRDaily #HandMarkedPaperBallots #ProtectOurVotes 🆘 Jun. 12, 2019 2 min read

Do you see a pattern?!

South Carolina’s top election official sat on voting machine vendor ES&S’s secret advisory board & received trips, lodging, & dining worth $20k from ES&S. The entire state just signed a $51 M contract for ES&S’s ExpressVote barcode system.

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Source re: SC election official’s receipt of $20k in gifts from ES&S.  https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article226564909.html  2/

Source re: SC’s new $51 Million contract w/ ES&S.  https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article231392753.html  3/

In Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp’s chief of staff sat on ES&S’s secret gift-giving advisory board, & his current chief of staff was an ES&S lobbyist. GA is expected to choose ES&S’s ExpressVote barcode voting system for the entire state.  https://newrepublic.com/article/153221/making-georgias-bad-elections-even-worse  4/

Another source about Georgia.  https://whowhatwhy.org/2019/01/11/georgia-poised-to-pick-vulnerable-barcode-voting-technology/  5/

Screenshot about Georgia & ES&S from the New Republic Article:  https://newrepublic.com/article/153221/making-georgias-bad-elections-even-worse  6/

New York City’s top election official also sat on ES&S’s secret gift-giving advisory board and is pushing the City to buy ES&S’s ExpressVote XL barcode hybrid system for early voting. 7/  https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/politics/2019/03/29/nyc-board-of-elections-boss-mike-ryan-pushing-for-voting-machines-made-by-ess-company-he-is-familiar-with 

ES&S has also donated $30K to the Republican State Leadership Committee—which houses the Republican Secretary of State’s Association—since 2013.  https://whowhatwhy.org/2019/02/12/philly-ignores-cybersecurity-and-disability-access-in-voting-system-selection/  8/

In 2018/2019, ES&S paid lobbyists $150k to lobby Congress, & McConnell has announced he will block all election security legislation this session. One of the bills, the #PAVEAct wld have banned barcode & hybrid voting systems, which are ES&S cash cows.  https://readsludge.com/2019/06/10/as-he-blocks-election-security-bills-mcconnell-takes-checks-from-voting-machine-lobbyists/  8/

As if the apparent corruption weren’t bad enough, ES&S’s ExpressVote & ExpressVote XL systems are ballot marking devices, which generate machine-marked summary cards that experts say cannot assure the will of the voters. 9/  https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3375755 

Because there’s no universal definition of “paper ballot,” ES&S and other vendors and their surrogates misleadingly call these barcoded summary cards “paper ballots.”

Paper ballots, however, are safe only if marked by hand, not by a hackable machine. 9/  https://www.salon.com/2019/03/28/new-hybrid-voting-system-can-change-paper-ballot-after-its-been-cast_partner/ 

#HandMarkedPaperBallots 10/

More about ES&S:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtoHA8m7oT0  11/

12/ And more. Via @bernstein_lynn

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18/ Here’s one of my articles about the dangerously popular ES&S ExpressVote “Universal use” Ballot Marking Device.  https://whowhatwhy.org/2019/01/11/georgia-poised-to-pick-vulnerable-barcode-voting-technology/ 

And here’s one of my articles about the dangerously popular ES&S ExpressVote XL Ballot Marking Device “hybrid” voting system. via @whowhatwhy  https://whowhatwhy.org/2019/03/19/permission-to-cheat-audits-cant-detect-fake-votes-on-new-hybrid-voting-machines/  19/

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