Morning Reads – Wednesday, July 31, 2019

This week has been full of administrative back-end stuff. Hopefully the site is working well for everyone.

What websites do you read? What magazines/papers do you read?

What sites should we use for Morning Read sources?

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Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

“Raffensperger praised the new touchscreen-and-paper voting system….. ‘With the paper ballot, you can hold it in your hands, take a look and it and make sure your selections are right,’ Raffensperger said.” — AJC And all you have to do is to be able to read a bar code and translate that to the dozens of candidates and matters you voted on to have confidence that your selections will be counted properly. Raffensperger has earned trust with respect to cybersecurity and vote counting. He after was on the DPG hack of the voter registration database, and 90,000 lost votes in… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

“Public Service Commission staff wrote in a report released Tuesday that it doesn’t believe it’s achievable for Georgia Power to have two new reactors in service by the company’s latest schedule of May 2021 and 2022, respectively.” — AJC

Who knew? But hey, the extra $10 per month residential customers will continue to pay with any delay for power that they’ll never use helps make Georgia No.1 for business.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I look through a series of newsletters and sites each morning. Besides here, my hometown paper, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Savannah now and AJC, I also look at the newsletters for https://thebulwark.com/ https://www.axios.com/ (both the AM and the Market newsletters) https://www.bdcnetwork.com/

I also listen to podcasts when I’m driving and working. Like – The Bulwark, Angry Americans, The Cut and Ted Radio Hour.

davidmac
davidmac

The Dominion selection is not as bad as it could have been. From what I’ve read, it will spit out a QR code and a printed list of votes, that is then fed into the optical scan device. You can look at the printed list and make sure it says what you want it to say, but the QR code is what is actually read by the scanner. So, it’s partway there to a true Voter-Verified system, and light years more traceable than GEMS. What I look forward to seeing is how the certification audits (HB 316, Sec. 42) will… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Or a system that prints the ballot and a blacked in bubble next to the voter’s selection could be used.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

The machines should have the option to disable QR code creation and/or reading. I’m expecting lawsuits to continue forcing this issue. The random testing is an interesting idea.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Do we know if the first tally of votes comes from the QR code, or if the QR code is just used for verification? Also, yeah, the more robust the verification process the better. And I would assume there would be instructions for voters to verify their vote on the printout…?

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

The state has consistently pushed for barcode read only ballots. The state has refused to consider optical read ballots whether hand filled or machine generated. SOS is suspiciously silent on the details for the new machines.
Yes, voters should verify their choices before submitting the paper ballot. But voters cannot verify what the barcode will tally as their vote.

armanidog
armanidog

I look at Reuters, BBC, AJC some days, Ars Technica (they have an article about the ransomware the Georgia Department of Public Safety and schools in Louisiana recently experienced), and https://theconversation.com/us ,

I hope Georgia can get some drug money from the sleazy pharmaceutical companies,
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/07/drug-makers-to-pay-70-million-over-deals-to-keep-cheap-generics-off-the-market/

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

I enjoy reading posts here from local, state and national sources that have relevance to our elected officials and state and local issues. Stories abut similar issues in other parts of the country are also welcome. I even enjoy the random trivia posts in the Morning reads.
I read, and subscribe to most of these, in varying degrees: AJC, NYT WaPo, WSJ, The Economist, Forbes, BBC, The Guardian. I don’t have many regular local sources.

chamblee54
chamblee54

I tried to tune in yesterday, and the site was down.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I like to see stories from the full range of local GA sites.

drjay
drjay

i suppose it’s unavoidable sometimes because you have no control over where a story is located, but links to stories behind paywalls are kind of a bummer usually…