In 1994, Rove consulted for Republican Perry O. Hooper in his race for Alabama chief justice. Hooper lost by 304 votes, but Rove immediately sought a statewide recount. According to a former Rove staffer, a key part of the recount strategy formulated by Rove was to “‘undermine the other side’s support by casting them as liars, cheaters, stealers, immoral — all of that.’” (Emphasis added.) According to the Atlantic, “[t]hree days after the election Hooper held a press conference to drive home the idea that the election was being stolen. He declared, ‘We have endured lies in this campaign, but I’ll be damned if I will accept outright thievery.’” The Hooper campaign alleged “voter fraud” and challenged the counting of absentee ballots that hadn’t been notarized or witnessed as required by Alabama law. …
In September 2020, a Texas examiner’s report said there was a “ bug” in ES&S’s hash verification script. What happened after is unknown.
By Jennifer Cohn
First, a cautionary note. Close partisan associations and corruption involving voting machine vendors are inappropriate, and significant discrepancies between polling and official outcomes are unnerving and fair game for reporting, as are voting-system vulnerabilities and the many electronic “glitches” that occur in elections. But they do not prove fraud. Moreover, we cannot typically prove that election outcomes are wrong without conducting robust manual audits using hand marked paper ballots (with an exception for voters with disabilities). This is why the Democrats proposed the SAFE Act, which would have required robust manual audits for all federal races this year and banned most of the touchscreen voting machines currently in use. It also would have banned internet connectivity to voting systems. …
By Jonathan Simon
As Donald Trump — facing a defeat he signaled in advance he would not (and could not, given the stakes and his nature) accept — files lawsuit after lawsuit in a kind of virtuoso false-note cadenza improvised on a lifelong theme of litigiousness, some of my election integrity colleagues (and good friends) have declared support for Trump’s attempted putsch, “open-mindedly” asserting it is our vehicle to a new election-integrity dawn. The ironies could not be much richer.
We do face what one of my colleagues, appalled by Trump, described as a “horrible dilemma:” to seize the rarest of opportunities to secure bipartisan support and press for serious election reform or essentially keep silent vigil and pray Trump’s con doesn’t work. The answer, to me, becomes clearer with every CAPS LOCK TWEET, frivolous lawsuit, and breathless Trump/GOP fundraising appeal. This crisis is being played for money (lots of it) and short- and long-term political advantage. It has literally nothing to do with democracy or election integrity. And it is being played by the same cynics who doubled down on every thumb on the electoral scales, including voter-suppression and disinformation schemes galore. …
By Jennifer Cohn, @JennyCohn1 8/3/2020
July 16, 2020
Dear Mr. James:
We are advocates for the protection of U.S. elections from all forms of anti-democratic interference and fraud, whether by the suppression of voters or by the manipulation of votes that have been cast.
We are excited to hear about your new organization, More Than A Vote. We welcome you to this fight and applaud your new initiative to protect the voting rights of voters of color from attacks born of institutional racism and a fierce, cynical, win-by-any-means electoral politics. We have developed a plan and a strategy that will exactly complement what you are doing. It’s the second half of the election-security equation that too often is overlooked. …
By Jennifer Cohn
Updated October 9, 2018
Note: I originally published this piece before the 2018 midterm elections. I decided to re-publish it because I can’t get the title to show on the original and the tips are applicable to future elections as well.
Several people have asked me for something relatively short that they can cut and paste into an email or letter to send to election-security decision-makers. This is my first attempt. Feel free to cut and paste it into an email if you like it. If it’s still too long, feel free to cut it down as you see fit. Thanks.
The election-security situation in the U.S. is much worse than most people realize, calling for much greater scrutiny of the vendors themselves and of proposed “fixes” to the system.
Control over America’s electronic voting system is dangerously centralized in the hands of just two voting machine vendors that account for more than 80 % of US election equipment: ES&S (44%) and Dominion Voting (37%). Both vendors are owned by private (undisclosed) equity. …
By Jennifer Cohn @jennycohn1
September 7, 2019
Updated June 24, 2020
We can’t fix that which we don’t understand. The dark underbelly of America’s staggeringly insecure voting system is no exception. Without knowledge of the following facts, the American public is at grave risk of being scammed by pretend fixes to a system that is corrupted to the core.
Just two vendors — Election Systems & Software, LLC (ES&S) and Dominion Voting — account for eighty percent of US election equipment. …
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By Jennifer Cohn @jennycohn1
September 5, 2019
The purpose of this piece is to identify some specific voting system vulnerabilities and obstacles to securing our elections. Other participants will focus on solutions. My own thoughts as to solutions are discussed in a separate piece linked here: https://link.medium.com/53xrp8U2IZ.
I also strongly support the current effort (discussed within) to persuade the House of Representatives to subpoena testimony from the voting machine vendors about ownership and other issues, as fraud loathes transparency.
Just two vendors — Election Systems & Software, LLC (ES&S) and Dominion Voting — account for eighty percent of US election equipment. Thus, corrupt insiders or foreign hackers could wreak havoc on elections throughout the United States by infiltrating either of these vendors. …