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We'll experience movies together on Zoom and share our thoughts in the chat. Some are old classics that help us realize our elections have never been perfect... Some are more recent films exploring current issues in-depth.
The events are free, but these movie nights are fundraisers for SMART Elections, so we hope you'll bring your popcorn, your sense of community, and be ready to make a tax-deductible donation to support our work transforming U.S. Elections.
Next up: Murder, Spies & Voting Lies
Clint Curtis was an everyday computer programmer in Florida until he was asked by a powerful Republican legislator to create vote-rigging software for electronic voting machines.
Patty Sharaf's terrifying documentary, Murder, Spies & Voting Lies (the Clint Curtis story), recounts the full, remarkable tale.
"Must see!...Plays like a high-tension political thriller." - Kansas City Star
Clips include fascinating election anecdotes about election troubles since the founding of our republic, including:
These are fun gems, not to be missed.
Our Featured Guests from Past Episodes: Pulitzer Prize Nominee Tracy Campbell, Law Professor Ed Foley, Professor Douglas Jones
"Love hearing from the brilliant 'wonks'!."
"Great Forum...! Thank you!"
“This was great!!!”
Tuesday November 2nd • 7–8 pm ET
Broadcast live on YouTube and Facebook (link to come).
SMART Elections conducted the Brooklyn Transparency Pilot Project during the New York City Primary earlier this year. In one polling location we found what appeared to be almost 700 more ballots scanned than voters who checked in. We also discovered scanners that seemed inaccurate, electronic poll books that were not in sync and experienced hostility from the New York Board of Elections, who shut the project down.
We'll bring you the latest on what we've discovered and what our next steps are.
The #ElectionProtection forums are a vibrant, revealing dialogue about the problems with our elections & what's needed to improve them. We discuss election security, disability issues, voting rights, and election reform, from perspectives across the political spectrum. You won't get this information anywhere else!
Co-Host: Bennie Smith, Shelby County TN Election Commissioner & Software Developer
Series sponsored by SMART Elections
Learn what SMART stands for!
"Let me say again how WONDERFUL all your seminars have been --just unbelievably outstanding!!" - Dr. Ruth H. Strauss MD
" That was great tonight! .... Overall just a great program.." - Matthew Kohn, Filmmaker
"Information on election security that you will probably not find anywhere else. Definitely mind blowing..." - Jennifer Tanner, LA County Voters Action Coalition
"The SMART Elections forums bring together national experts to explain how elections work from the inside." - Catherine Ray, advocate
'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
This week the New York Times quoted our Executive Director about the latest blunder of the New York City Board of Elections.
"It's just one fiasco after another, year after year," said Lulu Friesdat, executive director of Smart Elections, an elections reform group. "The fact that we haven't made the effort to change that is shocking. It's appalling."
The New York State Board of Elections rejected certification of the ExpressVote XL at their meeting on 1/28/21. The ExpressVote XL is a "hybrid" voting machine that has a design flaw called a "shared paper path." It is considered very risky by security experts.
Learn more about hybrid voting machines with a shared paper path.
Professor Rich DeMillo, Chair of the School of Cybersecurity and Privacy at Georgia Tech, said, “It is encouraging that the commissioners refused to certify the ExpressVoteXL, an all-in-one ballot marking device that poses extraordinary risks for the voters of New York.” DeMillo is one of a group of over 50 experts, good government and disability rights groups who signed a letter opposing certification of the voting machine.
However, the vendor ES&S is actively working to overcome the issues that were raised during the certification process and is already in conversation again with the NY State Board of Elections to have the system certified. Additionally there are other voting systems being marketed, and even in use here in New York that have the same security issues.
Legislation was proposed to permanently ban hybrid voting machines with a shared paper path from being used in the state. It passed the NY Senate, but it did not pass the NY Assembly.
Security experts have said that the ExpressVote XL is not secure, and that, "Elections conducted on current BMDs [ballot-marking devices] cannot be confirmed by audits." 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, and ballot-marking devices that follow security best-practices for voters with disabilities.
Here are few reasons why so many groups, experts and advocates are against the use of the ExpressVote XL.
Join us every Friday at 12pm EST to discuss what can be done. We are
- exploring legislation
- connecting with the NY State Board of Elections & County Commissioners
- researching better voting machines for New York
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email and the zoom link.
Voters with disabilities deserve to vote independently, privately and comfortably and ballot marking devices have been developed to help them in that process.
But voters with disabilities also deserve to have their votes counted securely as intended; and many of the ballot marking devices being currently sold have serious security vulnerabilities.
*for those who are able
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