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It's Time To Start Punishing Election Officials For Security And Privacy Violations

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Voters in many jurisdictions across the US have little assurance their vote will be counted.
Voters in many jurisdictions across the US have little assurance their vote will be counted.
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Following a week of often contentious and confusing recounts, it bears remembering that the US government made a conscious choice not to audit election-related systems — and that there are no plans to audit them in the future.

This hands-off attitude is like choosing to focus on who is kneeling before an NFL game rather than on who is routinely bribing the refs.

It seems obvious that there should be checks and balances in place to ensure that a candidate who also oversees the election does not unduly influence the outcome.

Which brings us back to my experience. One of the things I stressed over and over again to the various reporters who interviewed me was that there are systemic problems that have to be addressed.

Here is what’s needed to protect democracy, and the personal information of citizens who exercise their constitutional right to vote:

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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