Georgia election officials, especially Secretary of State @BrianKempGA, are prone to claim that the Georgia election system has never been hacked. It was a pillar of their argument in front of a Superior Court judge a couple of weeks ago. Absence of evidence should be taken as evidence of absence, according to Kemp, evidently not realizing that this is an argument so stupid it actually has a name. It is called argument from ignorance, a logical fallacy.
People make wild claims, and get away with them, simply on the fact that the converse cannot otherwise be proven.
Shame on anyone in a position of authority who falls for this ruse. We should be equally compelled to believe that unseen, undetectable unicorns run amok in our living rooms at night, unpending furniture and littering carpets but cleaning up so thoroughly that we never know about it.
Yet that is exactly what Georgia wants us to believe, because the voting machines in use there have been precisely engineered to support the undetectable unicorn theory:
As Wired magazine’s analysis made clear last week,
Georgia’s voting issues aren’t rooted in any specific hacking threat. The problem instead lies in the state’s inability to prove if fraud or tampering happened in the first place.
According to Pamela Smith, president of the advocacy group @VerifiedVoting,
You have an un-provable system…It might be right, it might not be right, and that absence of authoritative confirmation is the biggest problem. It’s corrosive.
Proudly proclaiming virtues that are impossible to verify should not be rewarded.