We looked inside some of the tweets by @jennycohn1 and here's what we found interesting.
Inside 100 Tweets
This is a nice piece by @ArtL7 on the dangers of new touchscreen voting machines called ballot marking devices (“BMDs”), which vendors and too many others often misleadingly call “paper ballot systems.” The barcode or QR code at the top is the only part counted as your vote. 4/ https://t.co/YtUmoImAHi
What cld go wrong? Each voter’s personalized info is transmitted to an “encoded activation card that [is] inserted into an ATM-like machine [BMD].” Voters mark their choices on the BMD touch screen An attached printer then “generate[s] a paper record,” 1/ https://t.co/WrZKXEEyZK
Trump — as well as many Democrats — supports BMDs. But recent research has shown that 93 percent of voters don’t catch the errors on their voting printouts, writes @ArtL7. Not to mention, the BMD system may be especially susceptible to hacking. https://t.co/9KXFfUeUsY
“‘Even if computer-marked paper ballots are necessary to accommodate those who are unable to hand-mark their ballots, it is utterly irresponsible to make them the primary system for all voters,’ @jennycohn1 , a leading election integrity advocate...says.” #HandMarkedPaperBallots https://t.co/tcpUSP3eFy
@jennycohn1 @BrennanCenter Georgia law requires a paper list, but it is of no value because it is prepared about 2 weeks before Election Day and not updated for absentee and early voting. Huge waste of paper and not used. We @CoalitionGoodGv are suing to get effective paper pollbook backups.
WTAF?! According to a recent @BrennanCenter report, Florida does NOT require paper backups for electronic poll books. It leaves it up to the counties. This, despite Russia’s confirmed breach of FL e-pollbook vendor VR Systems in 2016. @FLSecofState https://t.co/Usl6riTmDz
.@BrennanCenter says most other swing states have paper backups for e-poll books, including Georgia. But I’m skeptical bc GA’s paper backups were apparently outdated & unusable lists, & thus a pending GA suit seeks an order requiring backup paper poll books. @MarilynRMarks1 https://t.co/CRMcb2uV3x
Do NOT assume your memory is good enough to verify these printouts without reference to a completed sample ballot. Notice that party affiliation (D or R) is not typically included on the printout. Would you really remember the name of ur choice for the Board of Commissioners? 11/ https://t.co/SFliZ8EmDg
10/ A recent study shows that 93% of inaccuracies in the text portion of these barcode printouts go unnoticed by voters. Advising voters to verify the text did not help much. What did help is having them compare it to a pre-filled slate or SAMPLE BALLOT. https://t.co/R3aVXpUq5z
9/ If you must use a touchscreen, then by all means use it! In this scenario, it is crucial that you compare the human readable text beneath the barcode (which may be used in an audit or recount) to your completed sample ballot, especially as to down ballot races. https://t.co/3p5etMhkz9
8/ Some barcode voting (touchscreen) jurisdictions allow voters to mark their ballots by hand with a pen upon request. It cannot hurt to ask and I recommend that in person voters do that. You can call your county election office in advance to find out if this will be an option. https://t.co/BxOmusFaiB
Ds must therefore win not only with vote by mail, but also with in person voting. Which is why all Ds should demand removal of the cellular modems installed in precinct ballot scanners in parts of WI, MI, FL, TX, TN, IN, MN, and IL. 4/ https://t.co/JEBgGj7whU