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Leaked NSA Docs Show Vote Hacking Issues Raised by the Green Party's 2016 Presidential Recount Were Real


screen_shot_2017-06-06_at_8.51.01_pm.pngLeaked NSA documents show Russians could access voting infrastructure. What impact they had is unknown.

The Greens were right during 2016’s presidential recounts when they pressed states to allow computer security experts to examine their election computing systems for evidence of possible hacking.

That is one of the top takeaways from leaked National Security Agency documents that describe how Russian intelligence services targeted and infiltrated e-mails and computers of a private contractor servicing state voter registration databases in eight states and also sent phishing e-mails to 100-plus local election officials before Election Day.

Another top takeaway is the NSA documents show Russians are capable of copying basic moves from the Republican’s catalog of voter suppression tactics to impede voting: in this case by possibly scrambling voter files used to create polling place voter lists. (A related example of that GOP tactic is Ohio’s mass purge of infrequent voters, which comes before the Supreme Court next fall.)

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Jill Stein keeps recount fight alive

Washington Examiner

1060x600-5446d3edf513f15288062b07bb46040f.jpgJill Stein hasn't quite given up the recount fight, more than three months after the Nov. 8th election.

Her first recount push, which hedged on suspicion of electronic voting machine hacking that was never proven, was blocked in December by Eastern District of Pennsylvania Judge Paul Diamond, whose opinion said any suspicion of a hacked election "borders on the irrational."

Then, earlier this week, the former Green Party presidential candidate and her attorneys filed an amended complaint with the federal court in Pennsylvania arguing the state's recount process is unconstitutional.

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State audit: No evidence of fraud in Detroit vote

Detroit Free Press

636169014805597294-120616-Recount-046-rb.jpgThe problems were discovered during a statewide recount of the presidential race requested by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. One of the chief things learned from the three days of recounting in 26 counties was the sheer number of ballots that couldn't actually be recounted because of mistakes in the way the ballots were recorded or because of ballot containers that were improperly secured.

As a result, the state Bureau of Elections audited 136 precincts in Detroit that couldn't be recounted. One precinct  — Precinct 152 — brought the problem to light when 52 ballots were discovered in a ballot container, but 307 votes had been logged in the poll book. Other precincts audited had similar problems.

"The audit found that the precinct imbalances, which did not affect the ability of Detroit residents to cast a ballot and have their vote counted, almost entirely were caused by precinct worker mistakes," the state's audit said.

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Stein pushes Justice Dept. for investigation of electoral system

The Hill

steinjill_getty.jpgJill Stein is continuing her push to investigate the integrity of the U.S. electoral system, with lawyers for the former Green Party presidential candidate asking Attorney General Loretta Lynch to probe the issue.

"We write to urge the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into the integrity of our nation’s election system generally, and our nation’s voting machines specifically, based on the information we discovered in the course of this representation," reads the letter from Stein's counsel dated Friday.

"The attempted recount process has uncovered that voting machines relied on in these states and across the country are prone to human and machine error, especially in under-resourced black and brown communities, and vulnerable to tampering and hacking," the letter continued.

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Voting with Risk-Limiting Audits: Better, Faster, Cheaper

Electronic Frontier Foundation

vote.pngAfter extensive ups and downs, the election recount efforts in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania have concluded. The main lesson: ballot audits should be less exciting and less expensive. Specifically, we need to make audits an ordinary, non-partisan part of every election, done efficiently and quickly, so they are not subject to emergency fundraising and last-minute debates over their legitimacy. The way to do that is clear: make risk-limiting audits part of standard election procedure.

After this year's election, EFF joined many election security researchers in calling for a recount of votes in three key states. This was partly because of evidence that hackers affected other parts of the election (not directly related to voting machines). But more than that, it was based long-standing research showing that electronic voting machines and optical scanners are subject to errors and manipulation that could sway an election. In response to that call, Green Party candidate Jill Stein's campaign raised more than $7 million to fund the recounts.

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Jill Stein has done the nation a tremendous public service

Washington Post

Screen_Shot_2017-12-08_at_4.28.55_PM_copy.pngJonathan S. Abady and Ilann M. Maazel are partners in the New York law firm Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady and are lead counsel for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s recount effort.

As lead counsel in Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein’s quest to have votes recounted in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, we have been in court for the past two weeks trying to verify the integrity of the election and make sure that no one hacked our democracy. Some have cast Stein as a spoiler, or alleged that the recounts were futile because they didn’t change who won the election.

But the recount would be futile only if we, as Americans, ignored the lessons of the past weeks and preserved the status quo that is our broken voting system.

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Jill Stein Says She's Not Satisfied With Wisconsin Presidential Recount

Wisconsin Public Radio

jillstein.jpgGreen Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said Tuesday she is dissatisfied with Wisconsin’s presidential recount.

On a call with reporters, Stein decried the use of machines in Wisconsin’s recount, which ended Monday, as well as the cost of the re-tallying.

Stein expressed concern that Milwaukee County, in particular, used machines in its recount.

"This was essentially a recount that looked everywhere except in the areas of greatest risk," Stein said. "I think there’s enormous evidence that when you’re looking for the bank robber, you’ve got to look around the bank and I think unfortunately that’s what was avoided in the Wisconsin recount."

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Recounts Should Be the Norm, Not the exception

December 12, 2016 - Los Angeles Times

Jill Stein, her supporters and a group of experts struggled mightily to get proper recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. They were accused of paranoia and of simply wasting time.

Why is it so difficult, and so controversial, to get the results of a U.S. presidential election inspected and verified? Audits should be mandatory in all states; in fact, they're part of the foundation of a healthy democracy.

Recounts not only are important for finding proof that voting machines were misconfigured or hacked. In a meaningful recount, evidence representing the voter's intent is compared against the published vote totals. Even if a recount proves that everything went as intended, it's a way to reassure the public — especially the losing side — that the announced winner of the election is legitimate.

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Michigan Election Officials Refuse to Recount Thousands of Ballots in State's Communities of Color


screen_shot_2016-12-06_at_2.59.59_pm.pngThe Green Party’s best chance to overturn a statewide victory by Donald Trump has run into a swamp of dubious election protocols in Michigan, where Detroit officials said nearly two-thirds of the precincts cannot be recounted because of poor record-keeping on or after election night—presumably the rationale for a recount.

That unexpected hurdle, which was also present in other southeastern Michigan counties with communities of color such as Flint and Lansing and where Hillary Clinton won by the largest margins, emerged as the Trump campaign and Republicans pursued appeals in federal and state courts to block the recount. (Late Tuesday, the two courts issued contradictory rulings allowing it to continue.)

Meanwhile, in the state's legislature, a House committee passed a bill retroactively requiring the Greens to pay more for the recount.

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The No-BS Inside Guide to the Presidential Recount (Sorry, no Russian hacker hunt)

Greg Palast

Ballot-Dumpster.jpgThere's been so much complete nonsense since I first broke the news that the Green Party would file for a recount of the presidential vote, I am compelled to write a short guide to flush out the BS and get to just the facts, ma'am.

Nope, they’re not hunting for Russian hackers

To begin with, the main work of the recount hasn't a damn thing to do with finding out if the software programs for the voting machines have been hacked, whether by Putin’s agents or some guy in a cave flipping your vote from Hillary to The Donald.

The Green team does not yet even have the right to get into the codes. But that's just not the core of the work.

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