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'SMART Elections’ Election Protection Series offers a Master Class in Election Security. Lulu Friesdat, her guest speakers and informative visuals not only illustrate the pitfalls of bad voting machine technology but also offer examples of safe alternatives.”
- Sara Campbell, advocate
The ExpressVote XL is about to be certified by the New York State Board of Elections. It's a touchscreen voting machine that counts votes with barcodes.
Security experts have said that the ExpressVote XL is not secure, and that, "auditing based on BMD [ballot-marking device] printout -- cannot show that outcomes are correct." (1) They do not recommend this type of voting machine. They recommend hand-marked paper ballots, for all voters who are able to mark their ballot by hand.
New York has never approved voting on touch screen voting machines, and this machine will deteriorate our security and our ability to have confidence in our elections. This machine also miscounted tens of thousand votes in a Pennsylvania election.
Join us on Friday January 15th at 12pm EST to discuss what can be done.
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(1) Quote from Professor Philip Stark, Professor, Associate Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of California, Berkeley. Quote from an email to SMART Elections.
What have we learned from the 2020 Election? We know that we have work to do if we are going to have elections that everyone can have confidence in.
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Our guest is Jennifer Ahearn Policy Director for Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington (CREW).
We'll focus especially on the provisions that affect election security
Join us in the fight for a secure voting system in New York State. On 1/14/21 the New York State Board of Elections will be having a meeting where they may certify a voting system that security experts say is "bad" and "will deteriorate our security and our ability to have confidence in our elections."
The voting machine is called the ExpressVote XL.
We'll give you the reasons why certification for this machine needs to be stopped, and help you craft your own statement for the board.
The board will meet in a public meeting Thursday 2/14 at 10am EST to decide. To make a 3 minute public comment send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Requests must be received by 1/12/21 at 5pm.
Send your own letter to NY officials - It takes 3 minutes.
Anyone can send a letter.
NY has historically been a leader on election security and if NY standards are diminished, other states could be affected as well.
You deserve accurate, accessible, secure elections!
JOIN US AS WE LOOK AT THE RESULTS OF THE GEORGIA SENATE RUN-OFF.
Guest: Our own brilliant:
Data Team Manager Sharon Minsuk
Our #CountTheVote project looked at close to 300 poll tapes and compared them to results. We'll tell you what we found and where we go from here.
Learn more about #CountTheVote - our election data project.
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This event is part of a non-partisan coalition-building series to inform, empower, and connect advocates on #ElectionProtection.
This is What Democracy Looks Like!
Join the hundreds of people who are participating in this project, because they believe that our democracy has a long way to go to live up to its promise.
After you register, a reminder with the link & more info will be sent to you.
Videos of earlier forums in the series are on a playlist on our YouTube channel.
Will My Vote Count?
Was not recorded (Event hosted by private groups.)
Foreign Interference & Insider Rigging
Why Local Fights Matter & How to Win Them
What Type of Voting Machine Am I Using & Why Do I Care?
Voting Machine Vendors - A Criminal History of Deceptive Practices
Audits - Election Security is Just Math
What You Can Do! How to help monitor, protect & verify the accuracy of the election.
Legal Strategies - What could go wrong & what can be done?
The Night Before the Election.
We Can Do this Better | Post-election coverage & the latest on #CountTheVote
Episode 12 - Who Can You Trust? An update on our #CountTheVote project - where we look for evidence that the results are accurate, or locate the places that they're not. Plus updates from on the ground in Georgia, and a new statistical tool to unearth bad #election results.
Episode 13 - Where Do We Go From Here? What would it take to have an election where both sides believe the results?
Episode 14 - All Elections Are Local - Election security expert Professor Rich DeMillo explains some of the issues with Georgia elections & the "Solar Winds" security breach.
Episode 15 - All Eyes on Georgia - The Georgia Senate Run-Off is going to be a nail biter. We walk you through what can be done to ensure the race is accurate and fair. Also - voting machine vendors real motivations revealed.
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Our data team is looking at election results to see if they add up correctly. We've transcribed and examined poll tapes, audits, recounts, and are now doing public records requests.
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Ballot-marking devices in key swing states... by Art Levine
September 23, 2020
"Why are so many Democrats and their allies not vigorously opposing the proliferation of BMDs across the electoral landscape? It may be out of fear that even raising such questions might end up reducing turnout by shaking Democratic voters’ already weak confidence in our election system. BMD critics say they’ve heard this argument—usually voiced privately— but find it specious. “There is no indication that talking about election security reduces voter participation,” says Lulu Friesdat, the president of Smart Elections, another election integrity group fighting BMDs. Friesdat cites a 2018 Harris poll showing that voters were, in fact, more likely to vote if they were worried about hacking."
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