The BRAD BLOG http://bradblog.com Because it's not about Right or Left, it's about Right and Wrong! Wed, 15 Aug 2018 01:22:59 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.0.2 en Why GOP Sees Trump/Russia as Whitewater More Than Watergate: 'BradCast' 8/14/2018 http://bradblog.com/?p=12679 http://bradblog.com/?p=12679#comments Wed, 15 Aug 2018 01:22:59 +0000 Brad Friedman Election Irregularities BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Missouri Kansas Impeachment Accountability FBI Republicans Richard Nixon EPA Bill Clinton KPFK Russia Extreme weather Election 2016 Kris Kobach BradCast Water Kevin McCarthy Dept. of Interior Ryan Zinke Election 2018 Robert Mueller Nazis Paul Manafort Jeff Colyer Omarosa Manigault Newman Ken Starr http://bradblog.com/?p=12679 On today's BradCast: Our long 'Digby' drought is finally over! [Audio link to show follows below.]

But, first up today, an update on the ongoing counting from (and fights over) last week's incredibly close GOP gubernatorial primary in Kansas between Sec. of State Kris Kobach and Gov. Jeff Colyer, who is accusing Kobach's deputy of giving incorrect instructions to counties regarding the counting of provisional ballots. Some 9,000 provisionals are now being processed as Kobach leads the current unofficial count by just over 100 votes out of some 311,000 cast last week. The latest battle is over whether provisional ballots cast by unaffiliated voters who did not officially declare a party affiliation at the polls (because poll workers failed to instruct them to do so) should be included in the tallies. Colyer's office argues yes. Kobach's deputy --- who is overseeing the post-election canvas following Kobach's recusal --- says no. We explain both positions.

Meanwhile, in neighboring Missouri last week, Republican voters in Clay County appear to have elected a huge Hitler fan, by a very large margin, as their nominee for the state House of Representatives. Earlier this year a former member of the American Nazi party won the GOP nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in a Congressional district outside of Chicago.

Then, as the defense rested Tuesday without bringing forward any evidence or witnesses in the first of two federal indictments against former Trump Campaign chairman Paul Manafort, we're joined by HEATHER DIGBY PARTON of both Salon and Hullabaloo, to catch up on a number of stories boiling over from within the Trump Scandal Swamp.

Most notably, she explains her recent spot-on observation that the Whitewater scandals during the Clinton Presidency, rather than Nixon's Watergate scandal, may offer "a better window into the current behavior of the Republican Party" when it comes to their denial of and outrageously partisan attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Team Trump/Russia coordination in the 2016 Presidential election.

After drawing apt comparisons to Watergate (and there are plenty), Parton moves to Ken Starr's Whitewater investigation. "What the Republicans did in that era --- it was kind of the beginning of this 'scorched earth' partisanship that we see today. They brought all hands on deck to go after Bill Clinton, starting in 1992," she says. After which, "they started to use this scandal-mongering as a political weapon. This became their weapon of choice."

Thus, she concludes, "that's how they're viewing the Russia scandal. They are portraying it to their people as a partisan weapon, that 'They're using all of this to damage Trump, there's no substance to it!' In their view, they can convince their people that this is how scandals work because that's what they do" in their own so-called investigations, which really are, more often than not, the "witch hunts" that Trump and Congressional Republicans characterize the probe by Mueller (a lifelong Republican) to be.

While we're in the swamp, we also discuss the Manafort case, Trump's Dept. of Justice firing of senior FBI counter-intelligence official Peter Strzok (who oversaw the beginning of the Trump/Russia investigation in 2016) on Monday, and the importance (or lack thereof) regarding sensational new allegations being made by fired White House staffer and former TV reality star Omarosa Manigault Newman this week, in conjunction with the release of her new tell-all book.

Finally, we're joined by Desi Doyen for our latest Green News Report in which, among other things, we discuss more record heat and fires threatening national parks and forests, the Trump Administration's efforts to use those disasters to cripple the Endangered Species Act and help out the logging and farming industries, and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's on-tape charge that "environmental terrorist groups" are to blame for massive record wildfires currently engulfing large areas of the West...

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    Chinese Song Found on US Voting System, 11-Year Old Hacks Mock FL SoS Website, More News from DEF CON Vote Hack Village: 'BradCast' 8/13/2018 http://bradblog.com/?p=12676 http://bradblog.com/?p=12676#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2018 01:15:55 +0000 Brad Friedman Diebold/Premier ES&S Ohio California BRAD BLOG Election Reform Colorado BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Election Fraud Paper Ballots Legislation Military/Overseas Voting Voter Registration KPFK DHS Election 2016 BradCast Alex Padilla Election 2018 http://bradblog.com/?p=12676 After a quick report on Saturday's primary elections in Hawaii (moderate Democrats did well, more progressive candidates less so), we head straight out to Las Vegas for today's BradCast, where the 26th annual hackers convention, DEF CON, held its 2nd annual Vote Hacking Village. [Audio link to show follows below.]

    After every voting system on display at last year's event was hacked within minutes by conference attendees, organizers tried to make it a bit more difficult this year. They made unverifiable electronic voting systems, optical-scan paper ballot tabulators and electronic pollbooks from a number of companies --- almost all of which will be in wide use across the country once again for this November's crucial midterms --- available for investigation and penetration. Once again, the hackers in attendance made short order of pretty much all of them.

    Stunning vulnerabilities [PDF] were discovered, including some that officials have known about (and ignored or tried to keep secret for years) while others were revealed for the first time. Things like Chinese pop song files were found on one system used in actual elections recently, along with a host of other disturbing findings, which we summarize today.

    Other disturbing findings regard the ES&S m650, an optical scanner used to tabulate paper absentee ballots in more than half of the country. Hackers discovered several severe vulnerabilities (some of which have been known for more than a decade, and others which election officials hoped to withhold from the public), including the ease with which the machine's entire operating system can be overwritten by inserting a zipdrive with a file named "update" before powering it on. Also, electronic pollbooks were found to be corruptible in seconds and found to store unencrypted administrative passwords --- in plain text format! --- on their removable memory cards (one of which was simply "password".)

    There was also a mock election run on the systems still used in states like Georgia. In that election, a candidate not even on the ballot ending up winning. In another case which officials should take note of, a ballot cast via email was intercepted and changed. "The selection of the candidate was changed so that when it was received it was different from what was sent," the organizers note. "This is a big deal for the real world because we already allow for email balloting, in special cases for Americans living overseas [such as active military]. This is allowed in 30 states plus DC."

    Moreover, the Voting Village organizers also offered replicas of swing-state Sec. of State website available to some 50 children from ages 6 to 17. You'll be shocked to learn that most were able to hack the mock SoS websites in some fashion, including changing candidates names and parties, and tampering with reported elections results to show, for example, 12 billion votes cast. The fastest exploit of a Sec. of State replica site (Florida's) was by an 11-year old who did it in 10 minutes!

    We're joined today to discuss all of this by Emmy-award winning journalist and documentarian LULU FRIESDAT whose video from last year's DEF CON Voting Village went viral (several times) since then, and who was on hand to document this past weekend's conference once again. She details the extraordinary "sea change" since last year's event, as many elections officials and U.S. Intelligence Community representatives were on hand for this year's festivities.

    "What's really great about this year's Def Con is that we are starting to see a collaboration and communication between three groups that really have been working more as silos previously, and that is election officials, security experts, and hackers," Friesdat reports. "It was very deliberate on the part of the organizers, Jake Braun, Harri Hursti and Matt Blaze, to really try to bring those three groups together... Because we're not going to make progress on this issue unless these three groups start communicating with each other."

    "We don't have a one-size-fits-all solution for this. Every county is going to have to have some different solutions. What we have are principles. And I think the principles remain the same. The principles are yes, every voter who can mark a ballot by hand, needs to mark a ballot by hand. And security experts across the board are really starting to say that, openly publicly."

    "There is a sea change happening. You really could feel it. This year, there was an entire panel of election officials, whereas last year almost none of them actually came," Friesdat tells me, adding cautiously: "There are thousands of election officials all over the country who are still dragging their feet. You look at states like Georgia, and they are doing everything they can to stay in basically an unauthenticated election protocol. So it is a wide spectrum."

    Among the noteworthy accounts from Friesdat, we discuss California Sec. of State Alex Padilla's call for more federal funding for election systems (meaning, more money for more computers) and Colorado Elections Manager Dwight Shellman who, though a fan of electronic tabulation, calls for routine post-election audits everywhere (which almost no states do at all.)

    We also discuss the remarks at the conference by DHS Asst. Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications Jeanette Manfra, who admitted last summer during U.S. Senate Hearings that the agency never found evidence that votes were changed in the 2016 Presidential election, in no small part, because nobody ever bothered to look! DHS never carried out any forensic investigations of voting systems, nor even bothered to count ballots to make sure they were accurately tabulated by counting computers in the election, despite the ongoing warnings by the Intelligence Community of Russian cyberattacks and interference. "Could it be done?," Friesdat asks rhetorically, "The answer, over and over and over again, is yes, it could be done. Election results could be manipulated. And is it difficult? No. It is a piece of cake."

    While this year's DEF CON Voting Village was another huge leap forward in bringing concerns about all of these systems to the public, it appears we have a long way to go until American figures out the solution. I'd suggest that solution is public oversight of tabulation of hand-marked paper ballots (Not computers, but people! I call it "Democracy's Gold Standard".) But, hey, computers --- all of which are obviously wildly hackable --- could work too, right?

    Speaking of which, we close today with an email from a listener who turned one of my recent rants on this issue into a poem...

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    ]]> http://bradblog.com/?feed=rss2&p=12676 Federal Court Expedites Motion to Compel GA to Use Paper Ballots for 2018 Midterm Elections http://bradblog.com/?p=12665 http://bradblog.com/?p=12665#comments Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:46:22 +0000 Ernest A. Canning Diebold/Premier Election Irregularities Debra Bowen California Election Reform Georgia Maryland Rights And Freedoms U.S. Constitution Election 2002 Paper Ballots Legislation Touch-Screen DREs/BMDs Accountability U.S. House FBI U.S. Senate DHS Election 2018 Devin Nunes Election 2017 Brian Kemp http://bradblog.com/?p=12665 Plaintiffs in a Georgia lawsuit seeking to force the state to move to a hand-marked paper ballot system in time for this year's midterm elections, promise to produce expert testimony to the court, demonstrating that "Georgia's voting system is a catastrophically open invitation to malicious actors intent on disrupting our democracy."

    The Coalition for Good Governance and a group of multi-partisan individual plaintiffs filed a motion [PDF] on July 31, seeking a preliminary injunction in the federal case, to prevent Georgia from conducting this year's midterms on the state's notorious Diebold AccuVote TS (touchscreen) Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines. Instead, plaintiffs seek an order that Georgia's election officials utilize, for in-person voting, the same already-certified, Diebold paper ballot-based optical-scan system currently used for tabulation of the Peach State's absentee ballots.

    Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Totenberg ordered an expedited briefing schedule on plaintiffs' motion to compel the State of Georgia to adopt this simple method for conducting a verifiable paper ballot election on November 6, 2018.

    The plaintiffs cite a massive body of scientific evidence finding the 100% unverifiable Diebold touchscreen systems as essentially electronic black holes, prone to unintended systemic failures and vulnerable to all manner of undetectable malicious manipulation by insiders or anyone else who acquires minimal access to the system or any of its machines. They also point to evidence that the statewide system was previously compromised via the Internet. Plaintiffs argue the 16-year old system deprives the electorate of their constitutional right not only to cast a vote but to have their vote accurately counted.

    Recognizing "the gravity and importance of the constitutional issues," the court directed the parties (principally GA Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the state's GOP nominee for governor), as well as the plaintiffs to address "the practical realities surrounding implementation of the requested relief in the next one to three months." Judge Totenberg asks defendants to address the "practical realities" issue in a response by August 14. Plaintiffs' reply is then due by August 20.

    The question before the court is monumental and could help set a precedent across the country in other jurisdictions where voters are forced to use unverifiable touchscreens on Election Day, rather than a paper ballot system that is already available via the absentee systems used in all 50 states.

    As we documented last year, in "Why Do Georgia Election Officials Insist on 100% Unverifiable Elections?", if the court issues the preliminary injunction, November 6, 2018 would mark the first time in more than a decade and a half that the State of Georgia will have held an election in which it will be possible for human beings to verify or refute the accuracy of an electronic vote tally, thanks to the use of hand-marked paper ballots...

    Scientific studies

    In his declaration supporting the plaintiff's motion, Matthew D. Bernhard, a University of Michigan PhD candidate in computer science, points to numerous academic studies, dating back to 2004, which document all manner of Diebold DRE vulnerabilities to external hacking, systemic failures and malicious insider manipulation --- many of which have been reported upon by (and even initially broken by) The BRAD BLOG over the past 14 years. Those studies include, but are not limited to, the 2006 "Princeton Hack" and California's 2007 "Top-to-Bottom" review. The latter occasioned a decision by then CA Secretary of State Debra Bowen to decertify the Diebold DRE systems still used in Georgia over a decade later, after the landmark study revealed all manner of vulnerabilities to both systemic errors and malicious manipulation that could undetectably alter the outcome of elections.

    (Bernhard overlooked a 200-page report prepared by Scientific Applications International Corp. ("SAIC") in 2003 at the behest of the Maryland Board of Elections. That report was subsequently reduced to 38-pages, redacted and altered under the aegis of MD's still-serving Elections Administrator Linda Lamone so as to conceal, not only from the public but also from Maryland's governor, the full report's condemnation of the unacceptable vulnerabilities of the unverifiable Diebold DREs. After the full SAIC report, which identified some 180 security flaws, was obtained and released in 2006 by The BRAD BLOG, it was described as the "Pentagon Papers of Electronic Voting Systems." This was followed by a 20 to 3 vote by the MD House Ways and Means Committee to scrap the Diebold DREs. Maryland, which, with Georgia was first in the nation to deploy the systems in 2002, has since moved to a paper ballot system. Georgia has not.)

    All methods of computerized tabulation --- of paper ballots or electronic votes --- are vulnerable to malicious manipulation, systemic failures and/or unintended error. Unlike paper ballot-based optical-scan systems, however, DRE systems are especially troubling because it is literally impossible to measure the accuracy of a DRE machine count.

    "A voter has no way of independently verifying that the button they touched on the screen is what the machine recorded in memory," Bernhard notes in his declaration. "If the system is not correctly recording votes, either in error or out of malice, there is no way to tell."

    Previously compromised

    Last year, Politico published an explosive article by Kim Zetter, revealing that in August of 2016, Logan Lamb, a 29-year old former cybersecurity researcher at the U.S. Oakridge National Laboratory, logged onto the Kennesaw State University's Center for Election Security (CES) website. At that time, CES was contracted by Georgia, at a cost to taxpayers of $800,000 per year, to test and program the entirety of Georgia's electronic voting, voter registration and tabulation systems for each and every election.

    Hoping to retrieve a few documents that would facilitate an understanding of the security procedures at CES, "Lamb wrote an automated script to scrape the site" and left for lunch. "When he returned," Zetter reported, Lamb "discovered that the script had downloaded 15 gigabytes of data", a "mother lode" that included "registration records for the state's 6.7 million voters; multiple PDFs with instructions and passwords for election workers to sign in to a central server on Election Day," and access to the database of GEMS, the computer system which, among other tasks, is used to "tabulate votes and produce summaries of vote totals."

    During that same month, August 2016, just before that year's Presidential election, Georgia's Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, "refused" to accept a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offer to assist states in securing the integrity of their respective elections systems, according to the complaint. Kemp, plaintiffs alleged, claimed that the Obama Administration's DHS offer amounted to an attempt to "subvert the Constitution to achieve the goal of federalizing elections under the guise of security."

    To this day, Georgia DREs continue to run a Diebold-modified version of Microsoft's Windows CE 4.1 which Microsoft no longer supports. "As the operating system is over twenty years old," according to Bernhard, "it lags behind two decades of computer science security research and is extremely vulnerable to a wide variety of attacks that Diebold's software, regardless of version, cannot defend against."

    Where the 2006 "Princeton hack" revealed that a lone malicious actor with as little as one minute's direct access to a Diebold touchscreen machine could implant a virus via a memory card that could undetectably rig an entire Diebold touchscreen election, Lamb discovered that a malicious hacker, using the Internet, could gain "control of the [CES] server [and then] modify files that are downloaded by the end users of the website, potentially spreading malware to everyone who downloaded files from the website."

    Although Lamb directly notified CES's executive director Merle King via an August 28, 2016 email that the system was compromised, it wasn't until late February 2017 that Lamb learned from a colleague, Chris Grayson, that CES had failed to remediate these critical security issues. Thus, in their new motion, the plaintiffs observe that "between at least August 2016 and March 2017, and likely for a much longer time, this server was fully accessible to any computer user with Internet access."

    In the wake of Lamb's revelations last year and subsequent legal action, the responsibility for testing and programming Georgia's 100% unverifiable voting system was transferred from CES to the office of Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Nonetheless, the system remains wildly vulnerable to a malicious Internet-based attack.

    The gravity of these vulnerabilities is underscored by the July 13, 2018 indictment filed against 12 members of Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU, laying out the dates and specific manner in which named individuals are said to have carried out cyberattacks directed at U.S. elections. The indictment alleges that in October 2016 the GRU "targeted state and county offices responsible for the 2016 U.S. election. For example, on or about October 28, 2016 [the GRU] visited the websites of certain counties in Georgia, Iowa and Florida to identify vulnerabilities." In November, 2016, the GRU "sent over 100 spearphishing emails" to Florida election administrators.

    Those concerns are amplified back by a March 15, 2018 joint tactical alert issued by DHS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The Alert publicly revealed that, commencing no later than March 2016, Russian government cyber actors ("threat actors") began "targeting U.S. Government entities as well as organizations in the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors." This involved a "multi-stage intrusion campaign" in which the Russian threat actors "targeted small commercial facilities' networks where they staged malware, conducted spearphishing and gained remote access into energy sector networks."

    In the Georgia complaint, Bernhard, who refers to these sophisticated professional government hackers as "Advanced Persistent Threat Actors" (APTs), declared that "it is extremely likely that APTs are trying to access and manipulate election systems. Given the level of vulnerability present in Georgia's voting system," he adds, "it is a near certainty that if an APT has tried to get in, it has succeeded." Bernhard knows this because, he notes, he has personally "gained access to Georgia's election system."

    Sea change

    Computer scientists and election integrity advocates have long recognized a wide range of potential threats posed by the use of DREs that have nothing to do with the Internet. These include the ability of a malicious actor to effectuate undetectable wholesale changes with minimal physical access to a Diebold memory card, the GEMS central tabulator or any one of the DRE machines. "Demonstrations show that it is easy to break into AccuVote TSXs with nothing more than a BIC pen and install vote-stealing software that changes votes in undetectable ways," plaintiffs note in their motion.

    Indeed, over this past weekend, at this year's DefCon hackers convention in Las Vegas, where a number of voting and tabulation systems were on display for hands-on investigation, Susan Greenhalgh, Policy Director at the National Election Defense Coalition, observed that "when opening a Diebold voting machine" similar to those used in Georgia, the hackers "didn’t have the right tools so they used a pen."

    Bernhard, who notes in his affidavit that the GA machines use the same key that is commonly used for hotel mini-bars (as we first reported back in 2006), observed additional physical security flaws when he was afforded unsupervised access to the Fulton County Election Preparation Center ("EPC") in Atlanta. The EPC is responsible for programming, servicing and storing all of Fulton County's DRE machines. Yet, Bernhard asserts, EPC lacks the "operational security necessary to protect Georgia's machines from tampering."

    Bernhard saw "stacks of voter access and supervisor cards that could easily be stolen"; "printouts of password sheets" that were "pasted all over the facility", and "stacks of memory cards [that] were strewn about during the election programming process, as many of the cards are programmed at once using card replicators." If "a virus were present on even one of these memory cards," Bernhard argues, "the card replicators could spread [the virus] more quickly than even imagined in the Princeton study."

    Voting on these vulnerable, yet 100% unverifiable DREs amounts to an exercise in blind faith. That fact alone would have justified their rejection in 2002, when Diebold first sold its machines to Georgia. Yet, as revealed by the newly filed motion, during the pivotal 2016 Presidential Election, nationwide, approximately 20% of the American electorate deposited their votes into these and similar electronic black holes.

    In the past, that reality has largely been marginalized by the U.S. corporate media and, to an extent, by the U.S. judiciary. But, thanks to Congressional investigations and the ongoing media coverage of U.S. Intelligence Community and FBI counterintelligence assessments following the 2016 election, there has been a sea change in both governmental and public awareness of the threat posed by continued use of DREs.

    The significance of that sea change has not been lost on plaintiffs' attorneys in the case now before Judge Totenberg. They note that a Congressional Task Force on Election Security and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence both recognized that DRE's pose an unacceptable risk. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen labeled the unverifiable touchscreens as a "national security concern." Even Trump Administration apologist and protector, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, "joined many federal officials and agencies concerned with national security to call for a complete ban on electronic voting," according to the pending motion.

    Building upon the ominous observation made by Dan Coats, Trump's Director of National Intelligence, that "the warning lights are blinking red again" with respect to the prospect of Russian election-related cyberattacks, plaintiffs' counsel directly quote Coats as stating:

    "Every day, foreign actors --- the worst offenders being Russia, China, Iran and North Korea --- are penetrating our digital infrastructure and conducting a range of cyber intrusions and attacks against targets in the United States."

    From this, counsel wrap-up their motion by offering to present expert testimony during the hearing on the motion for the preliminary injunction to demonstrate that "Georgia's voting system is a catastrophically open invitation to malicious actors intent on disrupting our democracy."

    Systemic failures, anomalous results

    In their motion, the Curling plaintiffs point to systemic failures from recent elections. These include electronic pollbooks that contained inaccurate party designations and inaccurate voter eligibility information that "caused potential and actual disenfranchisement;" a DRE electronic ballot that displayed the "wrong districts and candidates during early voting," and "unauthorized changes in voter registration records." There were "unresolved material differences between the number of voters voting at the polling place and the number of ballots cast as reporting on the DRE machine results tapes," according to declarations filed in support of the motion.

    As McClatchy recently detailed, reporting on the same lawsuit, "It appeared, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s website, that Habersham County’s Mud Creek precinct in northeastern Georgia had 276 registered voters ahead of the state’s primary elections in May. ... Some 670 ballots were cast, according to the Georgia secretary of state’s office, indicating a 243 percent turnout."

    In another instance cited by plaintiffs, "a Hall County voting machine malfunctioned, was taken out of service and showed no votes cast...Poll workers...disagreed on whether votes were cast on the problem machine."

    Last year, we noted how, following the 2002 privatization of Georgia's public election system and Diebold's covert insertion of illegal software patches on some 5,000 AccuVote TS touchscreens in two heavily Democratic counties, the November 2002 election produced some of the statistical anomalies that have now become so commonplace in modern American elections, particularly where 100% unverifiable e-voting systems are involved.

    Six days before the November 2002 general election, polls showed Sen. Max Cleland, a decorated war veteran and Democratic incumbent, leading his Republican opponent Saxby Chambliss by five percentage points. With their new 100% unverifiable Diebold systems in place, Georgia ultimately declared that Chambliss received 53% of the vote to Cleland's 47% --- a twelve-point turn around. In the Governor's race the same year, the same statewide polls showed Democrat Roy Barnes leading by a whopping 11% before the election. The Diebold touchscreen system, however, declared his Republican opponent, Sonny Perdue, had won 51% of the vote.

    Were those suprising 2002 results inaccurate or did they reflect an unexplained last minute change in the mood of the electorate? Nobody can ever know, thanks to GA's unverifiable DRE system.

    Those statistical anomalies pale in comparison, however, to what took place this year with respect to Georgia's selection of a Republican nominee for governor.

    According to the official results, during the May 24 primary, 607,874 GA Republicans cast votes on who should serve as their Party's candidate for Governor. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle received 236,371 or 38.9% of the vote. Scarcely more than one in every four Republican voters (155,324 or 25.6%) preferred Secretary of State Brian Kemp as the party's nominee.

    As no candidate received more than 50% of the vote, a primary runoff was held in July. This time around, according to the official count, only 585,550 Republicans voted --- 22,324 less than the number who voted during the May 24 primary. Where slightly more than one-in-four Republicans voted for Kemp in May, just two months later nearly seven out of every ten Republicans (69%) voted for Kemp --- 406,667 of the 585,550 Republicans who weighed in, according to the computer-reported results.

    Cagel's raw vote total (178,883) was 57,488 less than the total he received during the May 24 primary. That result could be sustained only if we assume that (a) every one of the 22,324, who did not vote during the July 24 runoff, had cast their vote for Cagel on May 24; (b) everyone, who voted for someone other than Cagel or Kemp in the primary voted for Kemp in the July runoff, and (c) after just two months, approximately 35,000 Republicans switched their votes from Cagel to Kemp.

    Last year, after it was revealed that Georgia's e-voting system, then managed by CES, had been compromised, direct responsibility for testing and programming the entirety of Georgia's electronic voting, voter registration and vote tabulation systems was transferred from CES to Kemp's own office as Secretary of State. Thus, Kemp's office had direct access to the easily manipulated and unverifiable Diebold touchscreens at the time of the ensuing July 24, 2018 Cagle v. Kemp Republican gubernatorial runoff.

    'Practical realities'

    In their motion, plaintiffs took a comparative approach to their proposed remedy of switching immediately to hand-marked paper ballots. It would be far simpler to transition to the already-certified, paper ballot optical-scan system than it would be to try and repair the fatally compromised DRE system.

    To ensure that the DRE system is no longer compromised, Georgia would have to undergo what Bernhard describes as a "massive time-consuming effort." The state would have to retain "experienced technicians to give hands-on attention to individual machines (tens of thousands of pieces of equipment), one at a time." Even then the effort would likely prove futile as each piece of equipment would still be vulnerable to a new attack (and still wholly unverifiable to the public afterwards, in any event.)

    More detail, however, is needed to demonstrate the simplicity of the proposed remedy. Obviously, since Georgia already prints optical-scan readable paper ballots for absentee voters, it should not be difficult for the state to print a sufficient number of additional paper ballots for all voters. Moreover, we have been advised by one of the plaintiffs that Georgia has as many as 1,000 available Diebold optical scanners. It is unclear whether that is sufficient to place a scanner at each precinct, but the number is obviously sufficient to centrally tabulate the votes at county headquarters. Large jurisdictions such as Los Angeles County in California, with some 4.3 million registered voters, do the same. Plaintiffs can delineate strict chain-of-custody procedures for ensuring the integrity of the optical-scan readable paper ballots, along similar lines for the chain-of-custody procedures already in place for delivering electronic memory cards from precincts to county headquarters. The court should include those procedures in its order.

    Because it would finally open up the possibility for human beings to verify or refute the accuracy of a computer tally, replacing the DREs with a paper-based optical-scan system would mark a significant step towards more transparent and fully verifiable elections in Georgia. Both Diebold DREs and optical-scan systems feed voting data into a GEMS central tabulator. Like all other e-voting systems, the GEMS tabulator is vulnerable to unintended error and/or malicious manipulation capable of wholesale changes to vote tabulation. Indeed, in a declaration filed in support of the motion, Logan Lamb --- the security researcher who discovered the state voter registration database and system passwords lying around for the taking on the CES website --- noted that the remaining "components of the Diebold system, such as the GEMS server, AccuVote optical scanners, and the Express Vote electronic pollbooks must undergo decontamination procedures prior to use in future elections."

    Election integrity will only be fully achieved in the U.S. after either Congress or our courts follow the lead of Germany's highest court, which, in 2009, banned all forms of e-vote tabulation. There's an elegantly simple and inexpensive 19th century solution to 21st century e-vote vulnerability: hand-marked paper ballots, publicly hand-tallied with the results posted at each precinct on election night before those paper ballots are transferred elsewhere. Brad Friedman aptly described this solution as "Democracy's Gold Standard." It is a transparent, publiclly overseeable system that has been successfully deployed by several towns in New Hampshire over many years. Those towns often complete their transparent and verifiable counts more swiftly than their machine-counting counterparts.

    Plaintiffs would do well to propose "Democracy's Gold Standard" as an eventual alternative to the proposed optical-scan system, leaving it to the court to determine which would be best suited given the relatively short time between now and the November 6 election. Either way, hand-marked paper ballots, remain the bedrock baseline for any overseeable election in America's representative democracy. Such a system is long overdue to the voters in the great state of Georgia. This current court case represents a golden opportunity for a major step toward that end and, as plaintiffs argue, it can easily be done in time for this November's midterms.

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    The editorial board of the Boston Globe is proposing that newspapers across the nation express their disdain for the president’s rhetoric on Aug. 16 with the best weapon they have: their collective voice.

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    ]]> http://bradblog.com/?feed=rss2&p=12675 The Insidious Real Story Behind Trump's Bizarre Tweets on CA's Wildfires: 'BradCast' 8/10/2018 http://bradblog.com/?p=12673 http://bradblog.com/?p=12673#comments Sat, 11 Aug 2018 01:20:56 +0000 Brad Friedman ES&S Election Irregularities California North Carolina BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Kansas Accountability Environment Voter Registration Vote Caging Republicans EPA KPFK Donald Trump Russia Climate change Extreme weather Kris Kobach Monsanto BradCast Agriculture Water Dept. of Interior Ryan Zinke Wilbur Ross Election 2018 NOAA Jimmy Kimmel Jeff Colyer http://bradblog.com/?p=12673 It's yet another wild ride on today's BradCast! Climb aboard and buckle up! [Audio link to show is posted below.]

    First up, the saga of Kansas' wildly close primary election for the GOP gubernatorial nomination between current Gov. Jeff Colyer and the oft-disgraced Sec. of State Kris Kobach grows more acrimonious by the hour. The fight over Kobach's refusal then agreement to recuse himself from the counting and canvassing process now includes Colyer charging Kobach is giving counties advice on counting provisional and mail-in ballots that is "inconsistent with Kansas law" and that Colyer's new "voter integrity" hotline has received hundreds of calls, including claims that voters were "turned away" from the polls on Tuesday and had trouble finding Colyer's name on the ballot. (The latter complaint, as I explain, could be a result of new ES&S ExpressVote touchscreen voting machines now used in several KS counties. Those machines, in crowded races, fail to show all candidates on a single screen, requiring the voter to hit a "More" button.) A recount and/or litigation between the two Republicans may lie ahead, in what couldn't be a better result for Democrats if they'd designed it themselves.

    Then, a followup on the Trump EPA's recent announcement that they intend to bring asbestos back and about the Russian company which mines and sells most of the world's supply of the deadly mineral. The firm, according to their own Facebook page recently, is now actually stamping Donald Trump's face on their packaging!

    Next, we're joined by the L.A. Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist MICHAEL HILTZIK to discuss the real story behind Trump's recent tweets on California's ongoing record wildfires and the President's bizarre suggestion that the out-of-control blazes are due to "bad environmental laws" and mismanagement of the state's water system. He claims the firses are happening because California allows water to be "foolishly diverted into the Pacific Ocean". While none of those things are actually anywhere close to the truth or the reason for the global warming-fueled fires, Hiltzik explains how Trump's misinformed claims actually appear part of an effort by the Interior and Commerce Departments to exploit the ongoing catastrophes as a way to strip away the state's control of its own water system and, believe it or not, as a pretext for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's hopes of hollowing out the Endangered Species Act.

    Hiltzik describes Trump as the "Drought Denier in Chief" while explaining that the state of California has said they have plenty of water to fight the fires. "The diversion of water" in the state is not to the ocean, as Trump charges, but "for growers in the Central Valley of California who live in one of the very few Republican zones in the state and are basically supported by the very few Republican office-holders we have in Congress."

    "Under federal law," he explains, "water has to be kept flowing through a lot of our rivers so that fish, and fishermen, and fisheries are supported, and we don't let those species go extinct. And when I say 'going extinct', it's not only fish at risk of going extinct but, as I've reported, there are salmon fishermen on the coast whose livelihoods are at risk of going extinct because the salmon are being stressed by federal policies that don't allow enough water to flow down the rivers they use."

    "So growers have been on the warpath, saying 'Oh, we're not getting water, we're drying up because of these biological opinions that say the fish need the water'. These are biological opinions that were issued in accordance with the federal Endangered Species Act. So, Trump has been out for the ESA since the get-go."

    But why do Trump and the Republicans favor the farming industry over the state's billion dollar fishing industry? Hiltzik explains that and much more, as the Administration ups their efforts to avoid letting a good catastrophe go to waste.

    Finally, some good news for voters in North Carolina, where a federal court has blocked the state from purging voters without notice or in the 90 days before an election; A jury verdict out of San Francisco awards $290 million to a school groundskeeper after finding Monsanto liable for his terminal cancer tied to the use of their toxic weed killer RoundUp; And we close out with Jimmy Kimmel's clever idea for trying to convince Trump to give a damn about our ever-worsening climate crisis...

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    ]]> http://bradblog.com/?feed=rss2&p=12673 Federal Judge Orders New Light on 'Dark Money': 'BradCast' 8/9/2018 http://bradblog.com/?p=12672 http://bradblog.com/?p=12672#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2018 00:55:42 +0000 Brad Friedman Election Irregularities Ohio California Election Reform Karl Rove BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Hurricane Katrina Kansas Accountability U.S. House Environment Republicans FEC EPA KPFK Donald Trump Climate change NRA/Gun Violence Election 2016 Election 2014 IRS/Taxes Kris Kobach BradCast Tom Cotton Puerto Rico Ron Johnson Thom Tillis Election 2018 Hurricane Maria Cory Gardner Dept. of Treasury Troy Balderson Danny O'Connor Jeff Colyer http://bradblog.com/?p=12672 On today's BradCast: Understanding two new, seemingly conflicting directives on "dark money" in campaigns --- one of them very encouraging --- and a new complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission charging several GOP Senators unlawfully colluded with the NRA during the 2014 and 2016 elections. [Audio link to show follows below.]

    But, first up today, adjusting some numbers! In this past Tuesday's very close U.S. House Special Election in Ohio's (previously, very Republican) 12th Congressional District, the Trump-endorsed GOP candidate Troy Balderson was reportedly up over Democrat Danny O'Connor by just over 1,700 votes out of about 200,000 tallied on election night in the closely watched, bellwether race. On Wednesday, however, Franklin County's Board of Elections discovered an electronic cartridge from one precinct, with 588 votes stored on it, had not been included in the original unofficial tallies. With those ballots now added, O'Connor has netted 190 additional votes over Balderson, lowering the current unofficial margin in the contest to just 0.8 points. A margin of 0.5 or less would trigger an automatic "recount", as thousands of provisional and late vote-by-mail ballots are still being processed.

    In Kansas, Tuesday's even tighter race between Sec. of State Kris Kobach and Gov. Jeff Colyer for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, saw its margin cut by more than half, from 191 votes to just 91, out of some 311,000 cast. The adjustment appears due to an incorrectly entered number by the Sec. of State's office on Tuesday night. The controversial, hard-right Kobach's razor-thin lead may further erode (or expand) as some 10,000 provisional and late mail-in ballots are still to be processed. A recount in that contest is all but certain.

    Meanwhile, Puerto Rico, in an official statement to Congress, now acknowledges that at least 1,427 were killed during and after Hurricane Maria last year, a vastly different figure than the island's still-official death toll of 64. The new numbers place Maria's death toll much closer to the 1,833 said to have been killed during and after 2005's Hurricane Katrina. We discuss why it has been so difficult for Puerto Rican officials to acknowledge those far-higher numbers, long ago estimated by many experts.

    Then we're joined by BRENDAN FISCHER, Associate Counsel at the Washington D.C.'s Campaign Legal Center (CLC), to help explain several important, if seemingly conflicting, pieces of campaign finance related news. About two weeks ago, the Treasury Department announced that non-profits who spend money on political campaigns --- so-called "Dark Money" groups --- would no longer be required to disclose the names of their donors to the IRS. The timing of that new policy, Fischer notes, "was pretty terrible. It happened on the same day that federal prosecutors charged Maria Butina with being an unregistered Russian agent who tried to influence American politics through the NRA, which had spent at least $35 million through its 501c4 [non-profit political action committee] arm during the last election cycle."

    "So, if you're concerned about foreign money in elections, you should be really concerned about the Treasury Dept. stating that 501c4s, like [Karl Rove's] Crossroads GPS or the NRA, no longer have to disclose their top donors to the IRS."

    Then, a week or so later, last Friday, a federal judge ordered the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to rewrite their current rules, within 45 days, in order to require the disclosure of the names of donors to many of those same "dark money" groups. Fischer details how the new mandate from Judge Beryl Howell, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, differs from the Treasury Dept. directive and, in fact, could be very good news indeed for those who believe in transparency and public oversight of elections!

    "If the FEC was doing its job, then it wouldn't matter quite so much if the IRS was not collecting this information," Fischer tells me. "Judge Howell said that the FEC has been failing at its job, and it needs to go back to the drawing board and draft new rules that are going to ensure effective donor disclosure for certain types of political advertising."

    "Judge Howell's decision is a reminder that the FEC is largely to blame for the rise of dark money. It's not just the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United, it also is in large part the fault of the FEC for failing to enforce the laws that are on the books. The Supreme Court has endorsed donor disclosure, and the laws passed by Congress say that donors to politically active dark money groups must be disclosed. It falls to the FEC to draft the rules that interpret laws passed by Congress and to enforce those rules. But what the FEC has done is draft rules that narrow the donor disclosure laws passed by Congress, and then they failed to enforce even those narrow rules."

    While acknowledging the new ruling as "a very big deal", Fischer explains why questions remain as to whether the ruling will be (or even can be) appealed and how the current vacancies on the FEC may prevent them from being able to act within the time ordered by Judge Howell.

    In a separate, if somewhat related matter, Fischer details CLC's recently filed complaint with the FEC charging that the campaigns of four different Republican U.S. Senators unlawfully coordinated with the NRA's political action committee in violation of long-standing campaign finance laws during the 2014 and 2016 elections. The GOP Senators named in the complaint: Ron Johnson (WI), Tom Cotton (AR), Cory Gardner (CO) and Thom Tillis (NC).

    Finally, Desi Doyen joins us for the latest Green News Report, with still more record heat, pushback from California against the Administration's attempt to undermine state mileage and emissions standards, and the extraordinary revelation that Trump's EPA is actually attempting to bring deadly asbestos back! Seriously!...

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    IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Trump's EPA is bringing asbestos back; California pushes back against Trump rollback of mileage and emission standards, as state shatters record for hottest month and hottest rainfall ever recorded; PLUS: Bad news and good in scary new "Hothouse Earth" global warming study... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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    Election System Failures and Reported Results in KS, MO, MI, WA, OH-12: 'BradCast' 8/8/2018 http://bradblog.com/?p=12670 http://bradblog.com/?p=12670#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2018 01:51:56 +0000 Brad Friedman ES&S Election Irregularities Ohio Election Reform BRAD BLOG Media Appearance New York Missouri Paper Ballots Legislation Touch-Screen DREs/BMDs Kansas Accountability U.S. House Washington State Democrats Republicans Michigan Vote-by-Mail KPFK Donald Trump Green Party Kris Kobach BradCast Race Election 2018 Troy Balderson Danny O'Connor Cathy McMorris Rodgers Jeff Colyer Chris Collins Rashida Tlaib http://bradblog.com/?p=12670 On today's BradCast: The Election Administrator's (and Election Integrity journalist's) Prayer was decidedly not answered on Tuesday, based on reported results in at least two key races, and problems in the four states (Kansas, Missouri, Michigan and Washington) which held midterm primaries and the one (Ohio) which held the final major U.S. House Special Election of the year. [Audio link to complete show is posted below.]

    But, first up today, Republican Congressman Chris Collins of New York, the first sitting member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump's candidacy, was indicted Wednesday morning, along with his son and the father of his son's fiancee, for an insider trading scheme, after he had tipped off his son to failed testing for a multiple sclerosis treatment by an Australian company in which Collins was the top shareholder and a member of its board. According to the indictment by the Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, it sure looks like they've caught Collins red-handed. Though he vows to fight the charges and remain on the ballot this November, his once-safe seat is now believed to be in danger.

    Then, onto yesterday's Election Day and the very long night that followed.

    In the OH-12 special election, Democrat Danny O'Connor trails Republican Troy Balderson by about 1,700 votes out of some 200,000 cast, mostly on 100% unverifiable touch-screen systems across seven Ohio counties. About 3,500 uncounted provisional and late vote-by-mail ballots could change the outcome in the days ahead, or at least lead to a state-mandated "recount" in the district that, for decades --- until Tuesday --- had been solidly "red". In 2016, Trump carried the district by 11 points and the now-resigned House GOP incumbent had carried it by 36 points. That has clearly changed with a virtual dead heat contest on Tuesday, leading to growing confidence in a "blue wave" this November by many Democrats and, yes, a "RED WAVE" in the same crucial midterms, as predicted today by Donald Trump.

    In Detroit, where voters cast hand-marked paper ballots, they were able to continue voting even during power outages at more than a dozen polling places on Tuesday, following storms the night before. We have results from MICHIGAN's closely-watched Gubernatorial primaries and the somewhat bizarre, two separate Democratic primary races (one normal, one special) to fill the U.S. House seat left vacant last year by Rep. John Conyers resignation. State Dems will now host an historic, all-female slate at the top of the ticket for Governor, U.S. Senator, Attorney General and Sec. of State, and Rashida Tlaib will become the first Muslim woman in Congress.

    In KANSAS, $10 million wasted on new, unverifiable touch-screen voting systems didn't help voters as some of the brand new ES&S ExpressVote ballot marking devices failed to work at all on Tuesday morning, and electronic tabulation grounded to a halt all together in Johnson County, the state's most populous, due to a problem that remains unclear at this hour. All of it resulted in another "too close to call" race today, in the GOP's gubernatorial primary between current Gov. Jeff Colyer and the controversial Trump-endorsed Sec. of State Kris Kobach. He leads, according to unverifiable touch-screen results finally reported on Wednesday morning, by just 191 votes(!) out of some 300,000 cast. A "recount" (overseen by Kobach himself) almost certainly awaits, as do future failures on the ExpressVote systems which produce unverifiable barcoded "paper trails" instead of hand-marked paper ballots. Sadly, the same systems are also being adopted by many other jurisdictions around the country as well.

    In MISSOURI, a few Republicans came up with a novel new way to stop voters from voting. But that didn't deter the state which voted for Trump by double digits in 2016 from soundly rejecting a GOP anti-union (so-called "Right-to-Work") measure by a 2 to 1 margin. And, in St. Louis County, in a triumph of democracy, Bill McCulloch, the 7-term Democratic prosecutor who failed to bring charges in the 2014 police killing of Ferguson's Michael Brown, was defeated by Wesley Bell, one of the African-American leaders of the 2014 protests there. Bell had become a City Council member in Ferguson in 2015 and he will now be St. Louis County's Prosecuting Attorney.

    And finally today, in WASHINGTON state, results of several U.S. House primaries suggest incumbent Republicans previously thought to be in safe "red" districts --- including Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest ranking female in Congress --- may not be quite as safe in this November's midterms as they had thought...

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    ]]> http://bradblog.com/?feed=rss2&p=12670 Kobach, Kemp and Other GOP 'Voter Fraud' Frauds: 'BradCast' 8/7/2018 http://bradblog.com/?p=12669 http://bradblog.com/?p=12669#comments Wed, 08 Aug 2018 01:04:28 +0000 Brad Friedman Election Irregularities Ohio Florida California Election Reform North Carolina Georgia BRAD BLOG Media Appearance Election Fraud Paper Ballots Legislation Photo ID Laws Accountability Environment Voter Registration Immigration Republicans Los Angeles Economy KPFK Donald Trump Climate change Extreme weather Election 2016 Kris Kobach BradCast Election 2018 Brian Kemp Trade Matt Dunlap http://bradblog.com/?p=12669 On today's BradCast: While voters head to the polls today in Ohio, Missouri, Michigan, Kansas and Washington state (results and problem reports from those states on tomorrow's show), we look at some of the problems still emerging from primary races earlier this year, and new documentation on Donald Trump's now-disbanded hoax "voter fraud" commission, headed up by Kansas' con-man Secretary of State Kris Kobach (who is on the KS ballot seeking the GOP nomination for Governor today). We also look at some of the Trump voters who say they've had enough, and the "idiots" still with him, even as he continues to undermine them, the economy and small business across the country. [Audio link to today's show follows below.]

    Among the stories covered on today's program...

    • Maine's Democratic Sec. of State Matt Dunlap who, as a Commissioner on Trump's so-called "Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity" was forced to sue the Commission to get documentation on what they were actually doing, calls his time on the panel "the most bizarre thing I've ever been a part of". After finally receiving some 8,000 documents by court order, Dunlap concedes the Commission was little more than a scam to try and prove Trump's evidence-free theory that anywhere from 3 to 5 million illegal votes were cast in the 2016 election (in which some 3 million more votes were cast for Hillary Clinton than Trump.) Long-time GOP "voter fraud" fraudster Kris Kobach responds to Dunlap today, by citing two easily-debunked "reports" on "voter fraud" created by rightwing outlets to hoax the nation into instituting disenfranchising Photo ID voting restrictions at the polls.
    • New evidence and testimony submitted with a new court filing in a lawsuit against Georgia and its Sec. of State (and, now, GOP gubernatorial nominee) Brian Kemp, reveal massive problems during the state's May primaries and July primary runoffs, including voters given the wrong ballots, the wrong precincts at which to vote, and, in at least once precinct, 670 ballots cast despite only 276 registered voters in the precinct. (The lawsuit challenges GA's use of 100% unverifiable voting systems and seeks to force the state to move to hand-marked paper ballots before November. My most recent interview with plaintiff Marilyn Marks, the Exec. Dir. of the non-partisan Coalition for Good Governance, is here.)
    • Los Angeles County finally has an explanation for why more than 118,000 names were left off the printed polling place voter rosters during California's June 5th statewide primary. The County's official explanation is posted here, along with a link to the Executive Summary [PDF] of the report by IBM Security Services, the group commissioned to carry out an independent probe of what happened. The County has chosen to not share the full investigative report with the public.
    • Trump's trade war is continuing to take its toll. Toyota recently announced that as much as $3,000 could be added to the sticker price of some of its most popular models, and thousands of U.S. jobs may be imperiled in the bargain. And, as NBC News finds Trump's anti-immigration policies are costing small businesses dearly --- particularly in "Trump Country" from the Midwest to Texas to Maryland --- CNN finds that some, but not all, Trump voters are regretting their 2016 votes and deeply embarrassed by this President.
    • Finally, Desi Doyen joins us for our latest Green News Report, as record heat takes its toll across the globe, thousands of fire fighters in California are battling some 16 wildfires, including the largest in state history, toxic algae is stinking up the state of Florida, and something really stinks in North Carolina.

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