Chris Matthews barks “I like paper!” on Hardball. It’s what he does when common sense departs.

Georgia is only one of five states that does not use paper backup for its election system. Experts have written to Secretary of State @BrianKemGA asking him to move to paper ballots.  The arguments against it are weak, so why does Georgia continue to promote the nonexistent benefits of a this national embarrassment? @HardballChris doesn’t get it either and he’s not shy about calling out the hypocrisy on MSNBC:

#protectGAvote

Brian Kemp’s Unicorns: Georgia cannot prove if fraud or tampering happened in the first place.

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.

#protectGAvote

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