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Monday, June 25, 2018

Several States Purchasing Insecure Electronic Voting Systems

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

For the first time in a dozen years, states are looking at replacing their aging voting machines and related computer systems. But a survey of the early legislative debates surrounding this prospect suggests that some states are not heeding advice from federal officialsacademics and other experts saying that ink-marked paper-ballot systems are the wisest foundation for the most secure and verifiable elections.

This apparent dichotomy comes as states and the federal government have made an unprecedented effort to ramp up cyber-security precautions and training before 2018’s fall midterms, and as the voting machine industry is offering products that offer striking new options to make vote-counting more transparent and trustable.…

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Judge In Voter Suppression Case Orders Kobach Return To Law School. Really.

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

On Monday, a federal judge slapped down a terrible Kansas voting policy that would have required proof of citizenship for Kansans to vote, which would have been a significant burden on voters.

The law was defended in court by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has been the leading figure in President Donald Trump’s manufactured battle against virtually non-existence voter fraud and even chaired the now defunct and disgraced Presidential Committee on Election Integrity.

Even more embarrassing than the loss, though, is that the judge thought Kobach’s performance in defending the policy was so bad that he literally has to go back to school.…

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#EndorseThis: John Oliver Breaks China With Devastating Xi Jinping Takedown

Lost in the criticism of President Trump for chumming with North Korean leadership is America’s cozy relationship with other brutal authoritarians. Our trading partners and confidants include Vladimir Putin, Salman of Saudi Arabia, and President Xi Jinping of China, who is turning himself into an Emperor while turning China into a potential empire.

In today’s clip, comedian John Oliver calls out Xi for making a number of unhinged power moves since Trump assumed office. By a vote of 2998 to two, Xi has been appointed ruler for life by the Chinese parliament. His creepy kid musical-promoted “Belt and Road” project is actually a trillion-dollar trade coup aimed at 60 countries.…

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