Citizens request assurance and Kemp responds that he has no idea if systems are safe

On May 10, 2017, eleven Georgia citizens sent a letter to Secretary of State Brian Kemp requesting his “prompt review of Georgia’s voting system under the provisions of Georgia Code  §21-2-379.2 to assess whether the current voting system can be ‘safely and accurately used’ in the June 20 Congressional District 6 election.”

The letter contained questions like this one:

Have the [well-known] security weaknesses…been mitigated to ensure that the machines can be used safely and accurately without realistic security attacks?…If so, please provide a description and date of the mitigation efforts.

Since Secretary Brian Kemp routinely pronounces that the Georgia election system is safe and accurate, the citizens who signed this letter simply wanted him to point to the basis for his assurances to the people of Georgia.

On June 5, 2017, the signers of this request received this response from the Secretary of State’s Office. According to Kemp’s office,

…the system that you seek to have reexamined has already been deployed statewide. Therefore, a reexamination of that system should be broad enough so that a significant confidence level may be had in the final report.  We estimate that such a review will cost $10,000 and take six months to complete.

In other words, the Secretary of State has no idea if the currently deployed systems are safe from the attacks that have been known for years and estimates that it will take six months to find out. #protectGAvote

Author: mayorlarryvaughn

My name is Larry Vaughn. You last saw me In 1975 in Amity, New York. I was the town's mayor when a rogue sheriff tried to frighten 4th of July tourists with talk of a great white shark lurking off the shallow waters. Needless to say, I was not pleased with the panic that ensued. "No danger!" I said. "Fun in the water!" Then the shark started gobbling people up. I now regret that I did not do more to protect the people who trusted me, and I want to make sure the same thing does not happen to the voters of Georgia. There are sharks lurking offshore (in Russia, for example) who want to hack your votes. Like me your elected leaders are quick to shout "No danger!"

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