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Thu Aug 1, 2019, 11:27 AM

'The selling of an election': how private firms compromised midterms security

Source: The Guardian

'The selling of an election': how private firms compromised midterms security

Georgia’s voting machines and online registration were almost entirely managed by private companies, raising security concerns

Jordan Wilkie
Thu 1 Aug 2019 13.44 BST First published on Thu 1 Aug 2019 07.00 BST

Private companies had near-complete control over Georgia’s elections for the 2018 midterms and posed a serious security risk, according to testimony and documents revealed during a federal court case challenging the constitutionality of Georgia’s elections.

The most maligned components of Georgia’s election systems – voting machines and online voter registration – were almost entirely managed by private companies, prompting concerns from election security experts.

Voting machine company Elections Systems and Software (ES&S), which has close connections with the Georgia secretary of state’s office and Governor Brian Kemp’s staff, had three staff in Georgia building electronic ballots out of their homes through the 2018 midterms.

This introduced significant security concerns about both foreign actors attacking the election system with malware or about a “political insider” potentially introducing their own coding that could alter the results of an election without detection, according to the plaintiffs.

“It’s a shock to everyone that the vendor is actually building ballots for state elections,” said David Cross, lead attorney for one of the two groups suing the state. “That should not be happening. That should be at the state level, because the state does not have any means of ensuring the necessary security protocols of the vendor.”

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/01/the-selling-of-an-election-dangerous-level-of-private-control-revealed-in-2018-georgia-midterms

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Thu Aug 1, 2019, 11:51 AM

1. "without detection"

yeah, really hard to detect things you never bother to look for.

i'm not going to believe in our elections until some machines are pulled apart, and someone goes to jail.
and audits are robust and public.

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Thu Aug 1, 2019, 12:53 PM

2. Outsourcing

Also shields your dirty deeds from governmental Open Records/Sunshine laws.

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