3 thoughts on “Johnson County Election Commissioner explains new voting equipment

  1. So each of the thousands of machines count internally? How does the count get aggregated – must be memory cards, since the paper ballots are locked up? In this case, the paper ballots are sort of ignored; the real counting is digital, sourcing from the moment the ballot is "cast"? There are digital images made of each ballot at that point? But the voter doesn't see it – and that image is what is counted. LA County has designed its BMD to create the paper ballot that is verified just as shown, and cast into a locked ballot box, as shown. But the LA ballots will be COUNTED in central location(s) where the custody of the hardware and presumably software is more under the aegis of LA County; to have the thousands of vote-casting machines also doing the counting, depositing it on memory cards that are then aggregated centrally (or how else does the count of each precinct get reported & aggregated?) is a huge chain of custody risk. This was identified on DREs and it is no less of a risk here because of the difficulty of getting a paper ballot recount, or even a recount using digital ballot images that can be verified as authentic by a matching process with the corresponding paper ballots. Boo to ES&S with this thing – it doesn't solve all the real problems. Unless citizens start to demand TOTAL HAND COUNTS of those paper ballots. But of course, it's referred to that the search for election workers is constant – add to that training and searching for secure ballot counting volunteer staff? Nuh-unh not easily done in time to save this country.

  2. The video fails to mention a few things.
    #1 The ballot summary cards are printed on thermal type paper (like store receipts, but thicker) and fade over a short period of time – FADING IS SIGNIFICANT AFTER ONLY 9 MONTHS, even when archived properly.
    #2 THE BARCODE at the top IS WHAT IS ACTUALLY TABULATED, NOT the English selections printed on the card. PEOPLE WOULD BE UNABLE TO VERIFY THEIR VOTE – HUMANS CANNOT READ BARCODE.
    #3 There are serious difficulties in conducting an audit on this type of ballot.

  3. Voting machines need “body cams” to prevent computer chip tampering and for live (online) onsite auditing by the public.

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