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Friday, September 14, 2018

In this November's election, could a computer hacker, foreign or domestic, alter votes (in the voting machine) or prevent people from voting (by altering voter registrations)? What should we do to protect ourselves? ... Therefore, our key recommendations are, 4.11. Elections should be conducted with human-readable paper ballots. These may be marked by hand or by machine (using a ballot-marking device); they may be counted by hand or by machine (using an optical scanner). Recounts and audits should be conducted by human inspection of the human-readable portion of the paper ballots. Voting machines that do not provide the capacity for independent auditing (e.g., machines that do not produce a voter-verifiable paper audit trail) should be removed from service as soon as possible. In our report, we explain why: voting machines can never be completely hack-proof, but with paper ballots we can -- if we have to -- count the votes independent of possibly hacked computers.

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The 124-page report, available for free download ( https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25120/securing-the-vote-protecting-american-democracy ), lays out the scientific basis for our conclusions and our 55 recommendations.

https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25120/securing-the-vote-protecting-american-democracy

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"Hack proof? Well how are we supposed to win then?"

-Karl Rove

#1 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-09-14 06:55 PM | Reply

This is a terrific idea, also:

the broadcast band is a public resource. PBS should be fully funded by taxpayers and have a monopoly on all political debate.
As far as paid commercials go, fogetaboutit
stop gerrymandering
get rid of the electoral college

#2 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-09-14 09:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Instant runoff voting would be a good addition as well.

#3 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-09-14 10:00 PM | Reply

First Step to Securing Our Elections Simple: Paper Ballots

You mean like mail-in ballots?

#4 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-09-14 10:58 PM | Reply

You mean like mail-in ballots?

#4 | POSTED BY RSTYBEACH11

Oregon, Washington and Colorado have only mail-in voting. There don't seem to be a lot of problems.
www.ncsl.org

#5 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-09-15 11:39 AM | Reply

No-Excuse Absentee Voting
Absentee voting is conducted by mail-in paper ballot prior to the day of the election. States typically require that a voter fill out an application to receive an absentee ballot. Many states help facilitate this process by making absentee ballot applications available online for voters to print and send, and at least five states (Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota and Utah) permit a voter to submit an application entirely online. Arizona has some counties that have online absentee ballot applications, and in Detroit, Michigan, voters can request an absentee ballot through a smartphone app.

27 states and D.C. offer "no-excuse" absentee voting
www.ncsl.org

#6 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-09-15 12:31 PM | Reply

People that can't read or write will scream foul.
No good..Won't work

#7 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2018-09-15 12:45 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

People that can't read or write will scream foul.
No good..Won't work

POSTED BY PHESTEROBOYLE AT 2018-09-15 12:45 PM | REPLY

You can have someone help you fill one out dear. Not a problem.

#8 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-09-15 12:49 PM | Reply

Damn......... I always was told how safe the internet was........... Who would ever think of using paper?

#9 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-09-15 01:01 PM | Reply

the broadcast band is a public resource. PBS should be fully funded by taxpayers and have a monopoly on all political debate.
As far as paid commercials go, fogetaboutit
stop gerrymandering
get rid of the electoral college

#2 | Posted by bayviking

Why don't you go back to europe?

#10 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-09-15 01:02 PM | Reply

Instant runoff voting would be a good addition as well.

#3 | Posted by IndianaJones

Wouldn't you have to count the votes first?

#11 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-09-15 01:03 PM | Reply

#2 | Posted by bayviking
Why don't you go back to europe?

#10 | POSTED BY SNIPER

That's not how Vikings operate.

They can't go home withouta board of gold and treasure.

It's like how you can't go home if you forgot the milk or your wife will beat you.

#12 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-09-15 01:30 PM | Reply

--People that can't read or write will scream foul.

The new generation of public school graduates would be helpless without text-to-speech on their smartphones.

#13 | Posted by nullifidian at 2018-09-15 02:03 PM | Reply

I'd rather go the opposite direction. Smart phone voting. You download and app that takes a thumbscan and then you vote.

#14 | Posted by byrdman at 2018-09-15 02:10 PM | Reply

I'd rather go the opposite direction. Smart phone voting. You download and app that takes a thumbscan and then you vote.

#14 | POSTED BY BYRDMAN

But then the gubmint will have your thumbprint on file in their databases!!!

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#15 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-09-15 03:00 PM | Reply

I'd rather go the opposite direction. Smart phone voting. You download and app that takes a thumbscan and then you vote.
#14 | POSTED BY BYRDMAN

Old folks or poor folks that got no smart phoan will scream ageism and poorism and no fingerism and the grandaddy of all.... Racism.
Won't work.

#16 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2018-09-15 03:15 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I'd rather go the opposite direction. Smart phone voting. You download and app that takes a thumbscan and then you vote.

#14 | POSTED BY BYRDMAN AT 2018-09-15 02:10 PM | FLAG:

Horrible idea. It's not secure and easily manipulated.

#17 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-09-15 03:43 PM | Reply

Paper ballots. NO WAY!

Results can't get to CCM in time for the 8PM programming and big pharma ads.

#18 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2018-09-15 04:32 PM | Reply

Paper ballots don't resolve half of the issues that the article is concerned over: prevent people from voting (by altering voter registrations).

#19 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-09-15 07:44 PM | Reply

"Paper ballots don't resolve half of the issues that the article is concerned over: prevent people from voting "

Republicans aren't concerned about that.
Republicans think that's a feature.
Republicans have closed polling places and rolled back early voting.

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-09-15 07:59 PM | Reply

Republicans have closed polling places and rolled back early voting.
#20 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Oh yes. I think I remember some armed guard that marched me away when they was 1/2 to go after he said, "Yuo is a EyeTralian! Git the hail on down the road bum!"

#21 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2018-09-15 08:43 PM | Reply

"...that got no smart phoan..." - #16 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2018-09-15 03:15 PM

What is a "phoan"?

#22 | Posted by Hans at 2018-09-16 11:35 AM | Reply

What is a "phoan"?
#22 | POSTED BY HANS

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#23 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-09-16 05:53 PM | Reply

What is a "phoan"?

It's one of PesterO'Boil's stupid made-up words.

On the bright side, he said he's in his 70s, so statistically speaking, he won't be around much longer to infest the Retort with his inanity.

#24 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-09-16 08:20 PM | Reply

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