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.
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/ …
More about ES&S: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtoHA8m7oT0 … 11/
12/ And more. Via @bernstein_lynn
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