Urgent: Demand House fund paper ballots for states via appropriations

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The Call –  #ProtectOurVote #PaperBallots

Russia hacked into state voter systems in the 2016 election, successfully penetrating several of the systems in the 21 states they attempted to hack.

The heads of U.S. intelligence agencies unanimously testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russia is determined to interfere with our mid-term elections and could cause havoc by tampering with state voter systems.

Our state election systems desperately need to be upgraded: one in four U.S. voters vote on a system with no paper trail, and many others vote on systems that give the voter a receipt, but leave no paper trail that would allow the state to audit the accuracy of the vote count.

Most states have been attempting to harden their systems against cyber-attacks, but many lack the funds and expertise to get it done before the 2018 elections.

House Democrats issued a comprehensive review of state voter system vulnerabilities and want $400 million in the Omnibus Appropriations bill which could be voted on as early as next week to help states convert to paper ballots and harden their systems against cyber-attacks.
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Congress must provide funds to states to switch to paper ballots by March 31st

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The Call –  #ProtectOurVote #PaperBallots

Russia hacked into state voter systems in the 2016 election, successfully penetrating several of the systems in the 21 states they attempted to hack.

The heads of the U.S. intelligence agencies unanimously testified this month before the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russia is determined to interfere with our mid-term elections and could cause havoc by tampering with state voter systems.

Our state election systems desperately need to be upgraded: one in four U.S. voters vote on a system with no paper trail, and many others vote on systems that give the voter a receipt, but leave no paper trail that would allow the state to audit the accuracy of the vote count.

Many states have been attempting to harden their systems against cyber attacks, but many lack the funds and expertise to get it done before the 2018 elections.

House Democrats issued a comprehensive review of state voter system vulnerabilities and are seeking funds in the March 31st appropriations bill to assist the states in converting to paper ballots and hardening their systems against cyber security attacks.
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Ask state AGs to threaten state prosecutions if Trump obstructs Mueller

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The Call –  #TrumpRussia #StateAGs

As Special Counsel Robert Mueller gets closer to Trump, his family and his inner circle, Trump is getting more and more desperate. While his attacks on the investigation haven’t succeeded yet, it is predictable that he will ultimately take steps to seriously obstruct Mueller’s investigation. He could issue federal pardons or he could fire Mueller/Rosentein and replace either with a loyalist who will kneecap the investigation.

If Trump succeeds in obstructing Mueller, the GOP-controlled Congress isn’t likely to remedy it, by either re-hiring Mueller or impeaching Trump.  The states may be our only hope to prosecute and bring to justice any Americans who may have helped Russia attack our election.

Trump can pardon anyone for any federal crime, but he cannot pardon state crimes. Moreover, acceptance of a pardon from Trump legally constitutes an admission by the person pardoned that they are guilty – and that admission can be used against the defendant in a related state prosecution.

States typically defer to a federal investigation, but if that investigation is obstructed, many states will have jurisdiction to investigate aspects of Russia’s interference and the involvement of Americans in that interference, or in other state crimes. For instance, if Michael Flynn were pardoned, the Pennsylvania AG would have jurisdiction to investigate his alleged role in a plan to kidnap a Turkish cleric living in Pennsylvania.

Many other states would also have jurisdiction to investigate attempted hacks into their state voting infrastructure or emails of residents, tax fraud, money-laundering, witness tampering, conspiracy and many other state crimes that Americans assisting the Russian attack may have committed.

Mueller is already working with New York AG Eric Schneiderman on the Manafort investigation and can legally work with other state AGs on relevant crimes. An announcement by state AGs that they will aggressively pick up the investigation if Trump obstructs Mueller could delay or deter Trump from obstructing, and when he does, ensure that the guilty are brought to justice.
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Paul Ryan must remove Nunes as Chair of the House Intel Committee

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The Call –  #RemoveNunes

On Saturday, the Democratic response to the Nunes memo was finally released and it showed the Nunes memo attacking the DOJ and the FBI for the political stunt it was.

As in the “unmasking” caper, Nunes is obviously in league with the White House to find ways to damage the Mueller investigation and deflect from its findings. This is beyond appalling for the Chairman of House Intelligence Committee.

Nunes’ shocking and Orwellian response to the Democratic memo was to claim it was the Republicans who wanted it out to show that there “is clear evidence that the Democrats are…colluding with parts of the government to cover up for themselves.”

It appears that Nunes is the one colluding with the White House -and possibly Russia-to derail the investigation into Russia’s interference into our election and any help they got from the Trump team.
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We Must Act Now to Protect Against Russian Cyberattacks on State Voting Systems in 2018

Constituents must apply pressure on Congress to pass a bill that would incentivize states to abandon voting machines and switch to paper ballots and harden defenses against cyberattacks on voter rolls and equipment.

We Must Act Now to Protect Against Russian Cyberattacks on State Voting Systems in 2018

By Nick Knudsen
Updated 4:17 PM ET, Tue February 20, 2018

Voting is the foundation of every democratic system. The corruption or ineffectiveness of voting infrastructure is inherently corrosive to a democracy’s foundation, and can lead to degradation of faith in the accuracy of the results, to compromised elections, and even to fraudulent outcomes.

American voting systems were in fact compromised in 2016, and could be compromised again during the critical 2018 midterms unless measures are taken immediately to safeguard against attacks from Russia and/or other nefarious actors who would politically benefit from further US destabilization.

There are draft bills in the House and Senate that aim to bolster election integrity by upgrading vulnerable election infrastructure. It is critical that these measures pass with enough time to complete upgrades prior to the midterms. This article will outline: 1) why and how American elections are vulnerable to attack; 2) the solution proposed by Congress, and; 3) an overview of actions that citizens can take to apply political pressure and help ensure passage of these measures and helpful state-level measures.
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