From Lynn Bernstein:
Please watch this short 4 min. video of the Iowa training video for poll-workers. At about the 2:00 min mark, you will see that the morning of the election, the precinct official will need to use a key to open a panel (no tamper evident seals) to turn on the ExpressVote. Within that same panel, there is a removable USB (which holds the ballot definition files)!
This is obviously a huge problem and one that cannot be remedied by any process. The design of the ExpressVote is such that in order for the poll worker to power on the system, they need access to that panel. With no tamper evident seals, a poll-workers and other elections officials would not be able to tell if a “bad actor” swapped out or altered the USB in some way. An executable containing malicious software could be loaded onto the USB stick and rewrite all or part of the source code within the ExpressVote.
I am still trying to track down the poll worker setup of the ExpressVote and DS200. I confirmed through an ES&S vendor demo video that all the keys for the DS200 are identical. Not sure about the ExpressVote keys, but would not be surprised if these are all the same, too.
If anyone finds other videos showing setup for either ExpressVote or DS200, please forward them along. It may be wise to download them so that if they are removed from youtube we would still have a copy. Generally, once the vendor sees that people are starting to question a design/process, they remove the information.
Let me know your thoughts.
[If you have any thoughts for Lynn, I’ll pass them on to her—MCM]
(2) Los Angeles CountyL.A. Registrar Won’t Answer Qs About County’s New Unverifiable Touchscreen Vote Systems: ‘BradCast’ 8/24/2019
County election chief Dean Logan ‘declines’ to appear or answer public queries as nation’s largest jurisdiction plunges headlong into major voting overhaul for 2020 Presidential elections.
Well, as detailed on today’s BradCast, we’ve been trying, for a long time to get answers about the new, unverifiable touchscreen voting systems set to replace Los Angeles County’s verifiable hand-marked paper ballot system for the first time in the 2020 Presidential elections. Disappointingly, however, the L.A. County Clerk/Registrar-Recorder Dean Logan, who had been very responsive and helpful in previous years, no longer answers simple questions about the new voting system called “Voter Solutions for All People” (VSAP), which he has been developing for more than a decade. That is very troubling, as we explain in detail today.
[Audio link to full show is posted below.]
The new VSAP system is a touchscreen Ballot Marking Device or BMD, which prints out a computer-marked paper ballot summary of votes selected via the touchscreen, before using another computer, an optical-scanner, to read the non-human readable QR Code that is also printed on the ballot summary. The QR Codes are used to tally votes. While the QR Code (a type of barcode) cannot be verified for accuracy by voters, it is also impossible with such systems to know if any voter has even verified the human-readable portion of the ballot summary at all, much less correctly, after an election. Studies reveal that most do not verify computer-marked ballots at all, and that of the minority who do, most don’t recall the details or selections on the ballot they voted just moments earlier.
That’s just one of the many reasons why most cybersecurity and voting systems experts warn against the use of such systems which are now proliferating — and sometimes replacing verifiable hand-marked paper ballot systems — in many states and counties across the country before 2020. (The list of states where counties or the entire state are moving to BMD systems include a number of key battleground states. Such systems are planned for use next year, or are already being used, in OH, WI, PA, TX, WV, KY, NY, NJ, KS, TN, IN, SC, NC and, yes, CA, unless the public prevents these plans.)
We have been trying to get simple answer from Logan about the VSAP project before voters are forced to use it next year in the nation’s largest voting jurisdiction, but Logan has both repeatedly refused to answer many such questions and has declined repeated invitations to appear on the program, including today’s. That, after he has joined us on a number of occasions over the years (the last time he joined us was in April 2013 to announce that the new system would be an unverifiable touchscreen system) and he used to be quite responsive to voter questions and concerns on Twitter and elsewhere.
Among the simple questions Logan refuses to answer of late:
Click on the link for the rest.