VOTE ON ELECTION DAY, MARCH 17TH, ON A REAL PAPER BALLOT - DO NOT EARLY VOTE IN CHGO OR COOK COUNTY
Updated: Feb 14
We are alerting voters in Chicago and Sub. Cook County that their election divisions are rolling out brand new voting systems, (BMDs or Ballot Marking Devices), for the March 17th, 2020 primaries. Clean Count Cook County does NOT recommend that you Early Vote on these new machines anywhere in Chicago or Cook County this election!
We anticipate that there will be many glitches with the rapid, wide spread roll out of these new machines in both Chicago and Sub. Cook County - don't take the risk that your vote might get lost in a machine glitch or counted incorrectly. Also please stay away from Early Voting, where the only choice is to use these new Ballot Marking voting machines!
On these new machines, the voter makes his/her choices and a piece of paper is printed out with those choices on them. Very few voters verify that their choices are correctly displayed.
But what makes these machines so risky is that a QR Code is also printed on these pieces of paper. That QR Code is what is really counted - voters can NOT verify what is being counted in this QR code. It is entirely possible that the programming of the machine could be tampered with and print out a voters choices correctly, but count something different.
We recommend that you wait to vote for March 17th, Election Day, go to your local precinct, ask for a real paper ballot, and hand mark it yourself. That way you will know what is really on your ballot when you cast it, and you do not have to "trust" another voting machine! There are no real paper ballots at Early Voting in Chicago or Cook County!
Here are 4 articles from the computer experts that describe some of the problems:
The National Election Defense Coalition Opposes Adopting Ballot Marking Devices as the Primary Method of Voting
BMDs are not meaningfully auditable
Not enough voters detecting ballot errors and potential hacks, study finds
Ballot-Marking Devices (BMDs) Cannot Assure the Will of the Voters
(This link nay be acting badly - I can find a hot version of it when I search in my browser for "Ballot-Marking Devices cannot assure the will of the voters" - but then it occasionally goes cold when posted on social media or this blog - it is a definitive article so well worth the search)
Please make sure you have checked that your voter registration is correct before March 1st here: https://ova.elections.il.gov/RegistrationLookup.aspx
Have fun voting on March 17th, 2020!
Dr. Lora Chamberlain
President, Clean Count Cook County