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Green Party goes to Pa. Capitol to demand more election oversight

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DECEMBER 6, 2016

BY KATIE MEYER, WITF

Marybeth Kuznik, center, of VotePA, an election integrity advocacy group, leads a rally at the Pennsylvania Capitol in support of a Green Party-backed quest for a recount of Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 presidential election Monday in Harrisburg. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)

 
Green Party supporters were in Harrisburg Monday to back Jill Stein's quest for a presidential vote recount in the commonwealth.

Stein, the Green Party candidate, has now filed suit in federal and Philadelphia city courts.

One of the complaints the Greens have brought up time and again is the difficulty of auditing the vote in Pennsylvania. Many of the machines the commonwealth uses are paperless and don't create physical records of the votes cast.

Candice Hoke, a director of the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection at Cleveland State University, said the machines have too many vulnerabilities.

"If we're going to use computers, we should use the same procedures that businesses routinely use," she said. "We require not only internal quality control measures, but external independent quality controls."

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Pennsylvania’s voting machines are all at least 11 years old, near the end of their expected life, and need to be replaced. As these computers get old, they become more likely to have problems on Election Day. If a voting machine displays any behavior that does not seem right, here are the steps you should take:

1)     Make sure your final selections are absolutely correct on the machine face or review screen before you hit the “Vote” button!

2)     If you’re having trouble, do NOT press the "Vote" button (once you do that, you have cast a ballot and will not be able to vote again!)

3)     Get the Judge of Elections and other precinct officials to come over to the machine and observe what it is doing:

If something does not seem right, don’t let anyone tell you the machine is OK or brush you off.
 

Take notes about the problem. Ask the precinct officials to take notes too. Get the names and contact info for all people who observed the problem. Get the serial number of the offending machine if you can, or at least take note of its position in the room. If allowed, take a photo and/or video of the malfunction.
 
Ask the precinct officials to cancel your ballot, move you to another machine, and remove the offending machine from service.
 
Before you leave, have someone take a video of you outside the polling place telling your story. Give lots of detail about what happened while it is fresh in your mind. And tell other voters in line and people outside the poll which machine was malfunctioning, so they can demand to vote on another machine.

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Leave a message with your location, what went wrong with the machine, and time of day it happened. Please add your name and callback number so we can reach you to learn more. We need your report so we can work to end these problems in future elections!

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