Tag Archives: voting

GA: Attorney general quits defense in server wiping case

Source: Houston Chronicle

"The Georgia attorney general's office will no longer represent the state's top elections official in an elections integrity lawsuit filed three days before a crucial computer server was quietly wiped clean. The lawsuit aims to force Georgia to retire its antiquated and heavily questioned touchscreen election technology, which does not provide an auditable paper trail. The server in question was a statewide staging location for key election-related data. It made headlines in June after a security expert disclosed a gaping security hole that wasn't fixed for six months after he first reported it to election authorities. Personal data was exposed for Georgia's 6.7 million voters, as were passwords used by county officials to access files. … It's not clear who ordered the server's data irretrievably erased." (11/02/17)

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/technology/article/Georgia-attorney-general-quits-defense-in-server-12323451.php

But it works one percent of the time

Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

"Both parties become extremely interested in voter fraud when their candidate fails to win. After Obama’s election the Republican Party was up in arms about voter fraud. After Donald Trump won against Hillary Clinton the Democrat Party was suddenly up in arms about voter fraud. While both parties try to approach the problem slightly differently (the Republicans tend to blame illegal immigrants while the Democrats have been blaming Russia), they both tend to favor terrible solutions. Take this system that will be used in Indiana …. Somebody finally did it. They managed to have a higher failure rate than the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)." (11/01/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/11/01/but-it-works-one-percent-of-the-time/

Protesting votes

Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

"Of all the stupid things to come from the modern left (as opposed to libertarians, the true left), this recent trend of opposing a vote by protesting it and not voting at all may be the most stupid. Congratulations to Catalonia for its declaration of independence (given the foundation of the United States, if you request international assistance, the U.S. should have your backs). We won’t, because we’re too busy fighting in countries like Niger without any declaration of war while simultaneously starting fights with Syria, Russia, North Korea, and Iran, and because, despite living in a country that was literally founded by a declaration of independence, many Americans seem to think that 'declaring independence' is a right that no longer exists." (10/27/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/10/27/protesting-votes/#comment-579

On election security, feds flounder while states make strides

Source: The American Prospect
by Eliza Newlin Carney

"The debate over the Russian election interference and American election security is a case study in the utter dysfunctionality of Beltway politics. By contrast, a number of states have already embarked on practical, problem-solving innovations in securing the ballot in future elections. On the national stage, President Trump’s 'election integrity' commission has careened from one controversy to another, taking steps that actually threaten to undermine ballot security. Outside the spotlight, state election officials are quietly taking steps to respond to the Russian threat and upgrade American election systems with better machines, more accurate voter rolls, and firewalls against hacking." (10/26/17)

http://prospect.org/article/election-security-feds-flounder-while-states-make-strides

Prosecuting or removing "faithless" presidential electors is unconstitutional

Source: Heartland Institute
by Rob Natelson

"A 2016 Colorado Democratic presidential elector who pledged to vote for Hillary Clinton is suing because the state removed him from his position after he voted for Ohio Gov. John Kasich instead. He joins two other electors with somewhat similar claims. The three electors argue the Constitution bans states from dictating how they vote. They are represented by Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard law professor of wide interests and abilities. According to the original meaning of the Constitution, Lessig and his three clients are correct. Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 and the 12th Amendment — which together govern presidential elections — grant electors, not the states, authority to vote for president and vice president. Colorado’s effort to punish them for voting 'wrong' is unconstitutional." (10/24/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/10/prosecuting-or-removing-faithless-presidential-electors-is-unconstitutional/

ME: Legislature deals setback to ranked choice voting

Source: Ballot Access News

"On October 23, the Maine legislature passed LD 1646. It suspends ranked choice voting in both 2018 and 2020, and repeals it effective 2021 if the Maine State Constitution doesn’t get changed by then to permit ranked choice voting in general elections for state office. The procedure to change the Maine constitution starts with a two-thirds vote of the legislature. The House initially passed a version of the bill that would have allowed ranked choice voting to be used for primaries, and for congressional elections, in 2018. But the Senate amended it to suspend ranked choice voting." (10/23/17)

http://ballot-access.org/2017/10/23/maine-legislature-deals-setback-to-ranked-choice-voting/

Jared Kushner voted as a woman, according to his registration

Source: Wired

Since moving into his White House office months ago, Jared Kushner — senior adviser and son-in-law to the President, savior of the Middle East, and possible person of interest in a federal investigation —
has amassed a rather extensive project portfolio. The issues under Kushner's purview include negotiating peace between Israel and Palestine, fixing the opioid crisis, updating technology across the entire federal government, and spearheading criminal justice reform, to name just a few. It seems like a nearly impossible set of challenges for anyone to tackle, and even more so for Kushner. Because in addition to not having any previous government experience, the former real estate exec has demonstrated repeated difficulty filling out simple, routine forms correctly. This includes his own voter registration form. According to the records held by the New York State Board of Elections, Jared Corey Kushner is a woman." (09/27/17)

https://www.wired.com/story/jared-kushner-voter-registration-woman/

Voting machine concerns have states eyeing return to paper ballots

Source: Fox News

"When voters in Virginia head to the polls this November, they’ll be casting their ballots the old-fashioned way. The state’s Board of Elections decided earlier this month to de-certify the widely used Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines ahead of the gubernatorial election, prompting counties and cities to replace their touchscreen machines with those that produce a paper trail. Virginia is not alone. Several states are now considering a return to old-fashioned paper ballots or a reinforced paper trail so results can be verified, amid concerns over hacking attempts in last year’s presidential race as well as longstanding cybersecurity worries about touchscreen machines. 'Our No. 1 priority is to make sure that Virginia elections are carried out in a secure and fair manner,' James Alcorn, chairman of the State Board of Elections, said in a statement, calling the move 'necessary to ensure the integrity of Virginia’s elections.'" (09/25/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/25/voting-machine-concerns-have-states-eyeing-return-to-paper-ballots.html

Feds recruit 21 states to help keep up "Russian election meddling" scare

Source: CBS News

"The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems last year, although in most cases the systems were not breached. The government told The Associated Press last year that more than 20 states were targeted by hackers believed to be Russian agents before the 2016 elections. But for many states, the calls Friday from the Department of Homeland Security were the first official confirmation of whether their states were on the list. … The government did not say who was behind the hacking attempts or provide details about what had been sought. But election officials in three states said Friday the attempts could be linked to Russia." (09/22/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/feds-tell-21-states-they-were-targeted-during-election/

TX: Federal court rules state can implement scheme to reduce African American, Hispanic voter turnout

Source: Politico

"A divided federal appeals court has stayed a lower judge's ruling barring Texas from implementing a revised version of its voter identification law. A panel of the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals voted, 2-1, to allow Texas to use the revised voter ID measure known as SB 5 for this November's elections. … [The two judges in the majority] also faulted U.S. District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos for going beyond the scope of a previous 5th Circuit ruling instructing her to assess whether SB 5 had cured problems with SB 14, another voter ID measure Texas passed in 2011. Ramos ruled that original measure was tainted by an effort to discriminate on the basis of race and the measure signed earlier this year did not fix the problem." (09/05/17)

http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2017/09/05/texas-voter-id-law-242352