James Comey explains why we must #protectGAvote

When testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding Russia, James Comey said:

They’re going to come for whatever party they choose to try and work on behalf of. And they’re not devoted to either, in my experience. They’re just about their own advantage. And they will be back…

There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. And it was an active-measures campaign driven from the top of that government. There is no fuzz on that.

And here we are conducting a special House election #GA06 using machines that don’t allow us to verify that the votes cast match the voter’s intent.

What Georgia election officials are doing is as risky as “driving in a heavy rain at 100 miles per hour.”

Logan Lamb and Chris Grayson emerged this week as heroes of a  story that leaves experts and patriots from every political stripe shaking their heads in disbelief. Lamb, who in August 2016 stumbled into an open door at Georgia’s Center for Election Systems at Kennesaw State University, informed the Center’s director of the vulnerability.

In March [2017], a security colleague Lamb had told about the flaw checked out the center’s website and discovered that the vulnerabilities had only been partially fixed…The researcher Chris Grayson, said he, too was able to access the same voter record databases and other sensitive files in a publicly accessible directory.

Grayson and Lamb were questioned by the FBI. Lamb said he wanted to come forward after an NSA report about Russian hacking of U.S. elections became public.  Grayson said:

At the end of the day we were doing what we thought was in the best interest of the republic.

Experts have warned Georgia Secretaries of State for years that continued use of its outdated and compromised election technology was  risky. Those warning have been dismissed or even ridiculed.  @BrianKemp, the current Georgia SOS, seems content to repeat a now-discredited fiction that the state’s election system is “completely secure.”

#protectGAvote

 

Can we trust security standards put in place 27 years ago? How about certifications from 15 years ago?

GA voting machines were certified in 2002 using government standards set in 1990. Really? Is that the best we can do? Is there any way those procedures could have predicted the threats we face in 2017? Not likely!!! #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