Touchscreens with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (“VVPATs”) are almost as bad as paperless machines. Ballot Marking Devices (“electronic pencils”) are poised to follow in their dangerous path.

  1. One hundred experts in the areas of computer science, statistics, and election audits have recommended that states conduct their elections with paper ballots (which can be counted on either optical scanners or by hand). https://www.electiondefense.org/election-integrity-expert-letter/ [letter from 100 experts]
  2. Paper ballots are recommended because they can be hand counted in a post-election recount or statistical audit and then compared to the electronic tally from the voting machine to determine whether hacking occurred. https://medium.com/@jhalderm/want-to-know-if-the-election-was-hacked-look-at-the-ballots-c61a6113b0ba
  3. According to Verified Voting, however, the following states include at least some counties that instead conducted the 2016 election using Direct Recording Electronic (“DRE,” usually touchscreen) voting machines with or without so-called “Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails” (“VVPATS”) — i.e., computer marked paper scrolls.

“[P]eople don’t realize that voting machines with paper trail (VVPAT) are not much more secure than the ones without it. There are numerous studies showing that VVPAT is not a solution. Paper ballots are the only way to secure the elections.” — IT election expert Harri Hursti

http://patriotnotpartisan.com/elections/my-conversation-with-a-leading-election-technology-researcher-should-terrify-you/

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Jennifer Cohn

Jennifer Cohn

Attorney and Election Integrity Advocate #ProtectOurVotes #PaperBallotsNow @jennycohn1