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"CORDAT: But it does beg the question, How is that these Russian operatives knew how to focus on purple states like Michigan and Wisconsin, and your campaign didn't?"
Perhaps the IRA personnel had access to Cambridge Analytic's data by means fair or foul. This surely would be the crown jewel in any indictment Mueller could bring were he able to show coordination between the Trump campaign and the IRA or other enties of the Russian government. And because the Clinton campaign was incompetent, arrogant and out of touch. My estimate is that it is likely 95% Clinton campaign incompetence and, at best, 5% Russian meddling. But the election was closely decided and she won the popular vote.

I would personally prefer that half the energy that has gone into the Mueller probe had gone into ensuring that all voting machines used in the general elections had paper trails so that individual voters could take their stubs and use them to verify that their votes were recorded as they made them at the booth. It is virtually an admission of a desire to tamper with the vote that we do not already have such requirements.

Remember Diebold representatives joking about their 'program for victory' in 2012 in Ohio?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Feb 28th, 2018 at 02:28:31 AM EST
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I would personally prefer that half the energy that has gone into the Mueller probe had gone into ensuring that all voting machines used in the general elections had paper trails

Just abolish voting machines and count by hand.

by generic on Wed Feb 28th, 2018 at 09:20:33 AM EST
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I just saw a report stating that over half of US States are using paper ballots, including Pennsylvania, Virginia and other big states. I think it is well worth a hand count of paper ballots every two years to ensure the integrity of our elections. I can only hope it becomes all states before November.


"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Mar 1st, 2018 at 05:15:52 AM EST
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Amid Election Security Worries, Suddenly Paper Ballots Are Making a Comeback | The Intercept |

Every secretary of state was invited to a closed-door briefing at the Department of Homeland Security, while federal experts spoke to a wider audience at the conference.

Brig. Gen. Timothy T. Lunderman, a cybersecurity expert at the National Guard, ran a session laying out to the assembled officials the resources available to them in the event of a cyberattack or intrusion on their systems. "If you take something away from today's message, it is that we are a team," he said.

One way to allay concerns about the integrity of electronic voting machine infrastructure, however, is to simply not use it. Over the past year, a number of states are moving back toward the use of paper ballots or at least requiring a paper trail of votes cast.  

Ballotpedia: Voting methods by state
German government state of cybersecurity
Dutch election returned to red pencil ballots (2009)
Dutch ballots to be counted by hand amid hacking fears | NY Times - Feb. 2017 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Thu Mar 1st, 2018 at 10:48:19 AM EST
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