Why Experts Do Not Trust GA's Voting System? - Ask Them Yourself! (LIVE STREAM EVENT
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Why Experts Do Not Trust GA's Voting System? - Ask Them Yourself! (LIVE STREAM EVENT

August 22, 2018


Georgia Officials, Georgia Voters and Candidates, 


Why don’t computer experts trust Georgia’s voting system? What can Georgia voters and their local city councils, county commissioners, and boards of elections do to protect the November vote? Do local boards have the authority to adopt paper ballots if Secretary Kemp doesn’t approve? Please join ustomorrow afternoon as we discuss your questions.  


At 12:30 Thursday, August 23 Georgia’s public officials, the press and voters will be asking experts via livestream the hard questions about why they don’t trust Georgia’s voting system. Livestream via: https://www.facebook.com/GAVotesPaper/

Also via GeorgiaVotesPaper.org  (events page)


Logan Lamb,  (cybersecurity researcher who exposed the vulnerable election system server at KSU), Professor Rich DeMillo of Georgia Tech, Marilyn Marks, the organizer of the lawsuit to force Georgia to switch to paper ballots, and attorney Bruce Brown trying that case in federal court, will spend 90 minutes presenting their views and primarily answering your questions. The session will be moderated by election quality advocate Jeanne Dufort of Madison. 


Local officials (county boards of elections, boards of county commissioners, and city councils) all have the authority to adopt paper ballots for their jurisdictions in the November elections. Why aren’t they using their authority to protect their constituents’ votes? Are the citizens being insistent enough?  (See references to local board authority in this resource and fact sheet.)


Segment 1—Local authority

What Georgia voters and their local city and county boards can do to adopt paper ballots and secure practices before November, even if Sec. Kemp refuses to do so. 


Why it’s a separate issue from the lawsuit. 


Segment 2—Is Georgia’s voting system really at risk?


Segment 3—Is there any evidence of a problem in Georgia?


Questions we’ll answer—


·     What kind of paper ballots do you propose? Does this mean hand counting the ballots? 

·     How are paper ballots possible by November? 

·     Why do we oppose automatically sending out mail ballots to everyone for the November election? 

·     What are the chances that the Russians infiltrated Georgia’s system? 

·     If the machines are not connected to the internet, why is there any reason for concern? 

·     What files were actually on the server that malicious users could have accessed? 

·     What could bad guys have done if they accessed the server? 

·     What was done to decontaminate the system? 

·     Would officials know it if the system had been compromised? 

·     Aren’t paper ballots a step backward? 

·     Shouldn’t we just wait and see what the Court rules?


We want your hard questions---tougher than the ones usually asked 

Send them to us:

In advance Marilyn@USCGG.org

Or post them during the livestream session at https://www.facebook.com/GAVotesPaper/

Or text during the session to 980 292 4042 


We look forward to hearing from you and sharing what we have learned to date.


Marilyn Marks

Executive Director

Coalition for Good Governance

704 292 9802

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Let My Vote Count: The Risks of Voting in Georgia and What to Do
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Let My Vote Count: The Risks of Voting in Georgia and What to Do

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Georgia’s voting systems will be hacked by cybersecurity and computer science experts in an audio-visual demonstration on Monday Aug 6 at 6:30 pm. The event, “Let My Vote Count: The Risks of Voting in Georgia and What to Do”, is open to the public and kicks off a non-partisan effort by a group of Georgia citizens to demonstrate the vulnerabilities of Georgia’s voting systems and demand a solution in time for the November mid-terms.
County Commissioners, County Boards of Election, and ALL Georgia Lawmakers were invited to ensure they have access to the FACTS - including their role in adopting paper ballots. 

The issue of hackable and vulnerable voting machines in Georgia has intensified over the past few weeks in the wake of investigations, lawsuits, and increasing expert research that Georgia’s direct-recording electronic (DRE) machines are susceptible to hacking because of their lack of an accompanying paper record.

Speakers at the Aug 6 event are Richard A. DeMillo, Distinguished Professor of Computing and Professor of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Logan Lamb, cybersecurity expert who alerted state officials to vulnerabilities he discovered in The Kennesaw State University voting systems in 2016; Marilyn Marks, director of voter advocacy group Coalition for Good Governance; and Dana Bowers, co-founder of Georgia Votes Paper.

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Let My Vote Count Live Stream Resources
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Let My Vote Count Live Stream Resources

Election Security Facts and Resources

Let My Vote Count!! Manuel’s Tavern

August 6, 2018



Get involved --support these efforts:

  • Lawsuit to sideline Georgia’s un-auditable touchscreen voting system before November:  Curling v Kemp. (17cv2989) No. District of Georgia (federal court)

The Honorable Judge Amy Totenberg presiding Coalition for Good Governance organizing plaintiff (Coalition For Good Governance) Motion filed 8/2/18 for immediate relief for November. See exhibits for details of recent irregularities and malfunctions.

  • Petition to State Elections Board to require paper ballots in November. Georgia Votes Paper Petition Page  or Facebook



  • Ask your County Commissioners to adopt optical scanners and paper ballots. Background and letter here specifically regarding commissioners’ authority 


  • Detailed fact-check of Sec. Kemp’s misrepresentations intended to prevent county boards from adopting paper ballots. 




Resources Professor Richard DeMillo (https://www.cc.gatech.edu/people/richard-demillo) richard.demillo@cc.gatech.edu


AJC—Replace Ga.’s risky voting machines https://www.myajc.com/news/opinion/opinion-replace-risky-touchscreen-voting-machines/IjncsjZgBylGqekhN7L3cJ/


Bloomberg—Georgia’s Election System Can’t be Trusted https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-12-18/georgia-s-election-system-can-t-be-trusted



Logan Lamb

Politico—Will the Georgia Special Election Get Hacked? https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/06/14/will-the-georgia-special-election-get-hacked-215255


Marilyn Marks, Coalition for Good Governance.org, Marilyn@USCGG.org 704-292-9802 Follow @MarilynRMarks1 for updates on lawsuit and Georgia’s election system problems.

Timeline: A furor over Georgia’s election security

BY CHRISTINE CONDON ccondon@mcclatchydc.com

August 03, 2018 12:20 PM

Open records requests from election security advocates in Georgia have revealed what went on inside the Center for Election Services in the months leading up to the 2016 election, and in the months after.

Here’s a timeline of events.

August 28, 2016, 7:09 a.m. Politico publishes an article wherein Georgia’s secretary of state, Brian Kemp, decries a federal push to designate election systems “critical infrastructure,” citing his concerns for federal overreach.

August 28, 2016, 3:47 p.m. Logan Lamb, a researcher for online security firm Bastille, notifies the Center for Election Systems at Kennesaw State University that voting system software and documents including voter registration information for millions of Georgians, were “completely open” and could be manipulated.

October 12, 2016 The Center’s latest scan reveals “40+ critical vulnerabilities” in the election server, “most if not all” of which the Center’s technical coordinator, Steven Dean, said would be solved by updating software.

November 8, 2016 Election Day

February 22, 2017 Christopher Grayson, another cyber security professional, begins testing the defenses of Center’s system and finds that he, too, could gain access to voter rolls. He later alerts Andy Green, a Kennesaw State lecturer on information security.

March 1, 2017, 9:55 p.m. Green contacts the Center to say that files, including personally identifiable information on Georgia voters such as Social Security numbers, were “exposed.”

March 1, 2017, 11:10 p.m. Georgia election officials knew system had ‘critical vulnerabilities’ before 2016 vote

Kennesaw State’s chief information officer, Stephen Gay, confirms to his superiors that “voter information in database files for counties across the state” is available to the public, and states that he’s “closed all firewall exceptions” for the server to contain the incident.

March 3, 2017 The FBI takes possession of the election server to conduct its investigation.

March 17, 2017 The FBI returns the server to Kennesaw State’s information technology office, after finding no data that “escalates to the point of breach” by a malicious actor.

July 3, 2017 Election security advocates, charging that the state’s negligence and misconduct have left the state’s voting system insecure, sue Kennesaw’s Center and Georgia’s secretary of state’s office in an attempt to force a shift to paper ballots.

October 6, 2017 Cristina Correia, Georgia’s assistant attorney general, divulges in response to an open records request that the Center’s election server and a backup server used in 2016 were wiped clean on March 17.

October 18, 2017 Correia advises a lawyer for the plaintiffs in the suit that records were not destroyed in March, but rather were erased from one elections server on July 7 and the second on Aug. 9, 2017, both after the suit was filed. Correia said that data once accessed by Logan Lamb “exists elsewhere” at the Center.

July 13, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of Russian intelligence officers indicates they “visited the websites of certain counties in Georgia, Iowa, and Florida to identify vulnerabilities.”

July 18, 2018

A spokesperson for the secretary of state’s office affirms Kemp’s repeated statements about his own record, telling Politico, “We have never been hacked, and according to President Trump and the Department Of Homeland Security, we have never been targeted.”

Read more here: https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article216036135.html#storylink=cpy

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