Handout: The truth about our computerized election systems; Recommendations for advocating for hand marked paper ballots

The truth about our computerized election systems

As computer science professor Alex Halderman explained during a congressional briefing in July 2017, “[H]acking a national election in the United States would be, well, shockingly easy.”[4] Here are the facts:

Emergency security protocols for 2018 and beyond

Hand-marked paper ballots. The United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, recently told the Democratic Republic of Congo not to use electronic voting:

“These elections must be held by paper ballots so there is no question by the Congolese people about the results. The U.S. has no appetite to support an electronic voting system.”

[35] Americans also deserve trustworthy elections. Thus, hand marked paper ballots must be available to all voters in time for the 2018 midterm elections, with assistive ballot marking devices provided for those who are unable to hand mark their ballots.

Advocating for change

  1. Tell members of Congress to pass the Pave Act.

Additional Resources

Secure Our Vote has organized a grass roots campaign to lobby state and local election boards for paper ballots and Risk Limiting Audits. Their website also has excellent written training materials.[45]


Background: Jennifer Cohn is an attorney and election integrity advocate in the San Francisco Bay Area who graduated from UCLA and Hastings College of the Law. As an attorney, her areas of practice included insurance coverage and appellate law. She practiced law for more than twenty years, including seven years as a partner with Nielsen Haley & Abbott, LLP in Marin County, California. Since 2016, she has devoted her professional efforts full time toward investigating our insecure election system and potential solutions. She can be contacted through her Twitter account, @jennycohn1.

End Notes

[1] https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/13/russia-plans-2018-midterm-elections-interference-i/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork



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Jennifer Cohn

Jennifer Cohn

Attorney and Election Integrity Advocate #ProtectOurVotes #PaperBallotsNow @jennycohn1