SOS Selects New “Verified Paper Ballot” Voting System

From a press release:

ATLANTA) — After a competitive selection process, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger selects Dominion Voting Systems to implement its new verified paper ballot system. Implementation of the new secure voting system will start immediately and be in place and fully operational for the March 24, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary.

“Elections security is my top priority,” said Raffensperger. “We look forward to working with national and local elections security experts to institute best practices and continue to safeguard all aspects of physical and cyber-security in an ever-changing threat environment.”

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office has already partnered with the Department of Homeland Security and private cyber-security companies to provide network monitoring, cyber-hygiene scanning, and cyber-security assessments. Many Georgia counties have also partnered with DHS to provide physical security assessments of their election offices.

“We are honored to partner with the State of Georgia to deliver a best-in-class system that is fully adaptable to state needs,” said Dominion CEO John Poulous. “Election officials and voters alike can be assured they are using the most modern, accessible and security-focused system on the market today, with paper ballots for every vote cast to ease auditing and ensure confidence in results.”

“As Election Director my job is to make sure every voter has a positive experience,” said Rockdale County Elections Supervisor, Cynthia Willingham“We are grateful to the Secretary of State for the new system and will ensure every voter is able to efficiently and accurately cast their ballot.”

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chefdavid
chefdavid

This is great. Funny how it took a republican to have a paper verifiable electronic voting system in. The current system was implemented by democrat SOS Cathy Cox.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Not so sure. If the new machines create a barcode, and only use the barcode, to verify a vote then they are subject to tampering and manipulation. Machine/software creates barcode, and reads barcode, not a scanned ballot. Not secure, not verifiable.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I never got around to reading the other proposals besides ES&S so I’m not sure what their system involves. But we’ll find out shortly!

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Spoiler Alert: Serious Tin Foil Hat stuff in this link, but I think are are some facts in the timeline if you have patience to read the entire history of the GA Diebold machines and can get past the whining about several elections. Important points are the connections between people and, of course, money. https://medium.com/@jennycohn1/georgia-6-and-the-voting-machine-vendors-87278fdb0cdf

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Barcode tabulation obfuscates without providing additional security. It was the natural GOP choice.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Here is the original Dominion proposal:
https://sos.ga.gov/admin/files/Dominion%20RFI_No%20Redactions.pdf

Looks like it is capable of barcodes, as well as optical scan (ScanTron type) ballots.