Privacy Plus+: Georgia (voting machines) on our minds
Privacy, Technology and Perspective
Georgia (voting machines) on our minds: This week, a federal judge in Atlanta, Georgia wisely ordered the state to be ready to use paper ballots for the 2020 election, if it fails to meet a tight deadline to implement an entirely new voting system. You can review a copy of the 153-page ruling by clicking on the link that follows:
In describing Georgia’s current voting system, key phrases that jump out of the Court’s order are:
- “Outdated and vulnerable software;”
- “Susceptible to manipulation and malfunction;” and
- “Not reliably secure.”
Last year, the Court ruled that the plaintiffs’ preliminary evidence had established a substantial likelihood of their prevailing on their claims that Georgia’s failure to remedy “known security breaches and exposures compromising Georgia’s electronic voting machines and election servers” violates their 14th amendment substantive due process and equal protection rights. Curling v. Kemp, 334 F.Supp.3d 1303, 1322 (N.D. Ga. 2018).
Now, we just hope that all of the other jurisdictions that rely on electronic voting machines (including Dallas County, Texas), will also stop using voting machines that either have no paper records or useless paper records (like ones that have bar codes that clearly are not human-readable). In order have a meaningful way to audit electronic ballots, a human must be confirm on paper the results of each electronic voting record. Therefore, human-readable paper ballots that produce verifiable audit trails are necessary to ensure the integrity of our election results.
Again, we post the following link that will direct you to the voting tool provided by Verified Voting (“VV”), a nonprofit organization, which will show you the jurisdictions which should follow Georgia’s court-ordered lead by using paper ballots in 2020 – preferably by choice, if necessary by court order: https://www.verifiedvoting.org/verifier/.
Election integrity matters. As powerfully noted in an amicus brief submitted by EPIC and joined by 31 other legal scholars and technical experts, the “secret ballot safeguards privacy, freedom of association, and democratic values.” A link to that brief follows:
It is time to be fierce about preserving our democracy from outside influence or pure negligence.
Hosch & Morris, PLLC is a Dallas-based boutique law firm dedicated to data protection, privacy, the Internet and technology. Open the Future℠.