ALABAMA

Voter Protection: Be Involved

Make sure your vote counts!

Secretary of State

P.O. Box 5616 Montgomery, AL 36103

Ph: (344) 242-7200 • Fax: (334) 242-4993

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ALABAMA VOTER INFORMATION PORTAL IS HACKABLE

A weak authentication system leaves Alabama voter information at risk of being accessible by hackers.

The Alabama Voter Registration Application Portal is managed by the Alabama Secretary of State. The application allows voters to submit an application for voter registration or to submit an update to your registration information. Voters need their first name, last name, date of birth and Alabama Driver License for the identification step. That information can be obtained from the state, open sources, data brokers, darknet or data breaches.

The Alabama Voter Registration Information allows the voter to verify their status. You only need the first name, the last name and the date of birth.

 ALABAMA VOTING MACHINE SOFTWARE IS OUT OF DATE

It is essential that software is kept up to date or the software is open to attack from a hacker.

Alabama state is using ES&S software for all the counties. Alabama’s current voting equipment is EAC certified, except for version 5.2.4.1, but all the versions are running end of life software. ES&S certified software is Unity 3.4.1.0, EVS 5.2.2.0, EVS 5.3.2.1 (certified under EVS 5.2.3.0), EVS 5.2.4.0 and EVS 5.2.4.1. Enhancements and improvements in the new 5.2.4.1 system include support for the State of Alabama’s method of conducting voting in presidential preference primaries, it was approved by the State of Alabama on July 31, 2019.

Those systems are still using end of life operating systems, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, are easily hackable, without security patches.

ALABAMA IS USING OUTDATED VOTING EQUIPMENT

Some AL voting machines are old and no longer manufactured leaving them vulnerable.

ES&S AutoMARK voting systems is still used in 66 counties and M100 (precinct count optical scanners) is used in seven counties. They were purchased around 12 years ago. Older systems are generally 'more likely to fail' and are increasingly difficult to maintain. These old systems have inconsistent vote tallying, reboot times of 15 to 20 minutes and lack important security features expected of voting machines today, such as hardware access deterrents for ports.

ES&S Model 100 and ES&S AutoMark are no longer manufactured and sold by ES&S, finding replacement parts will be increasingly difficult over time.

Alabama is planning to replace them before November 2020.

ALABAMA POLL BOOKS CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET

Voting equipment connected to the internet is at risk of being hacked

Shelby County probate office was able to track voter turnout on election day without the voting machines being connected to the Internet. John Bennett of the Secretary of State's office explained that data is provided through the use of electronic poll books, which can be connected to the Internet.

Currently, electronic poll books are utilized in 35 of the 67 counties, vendors are ES&S and KNOWiNK. Alabama plan to use $1,500,000 to provide electronic poll books in the remaining 32 counties.

ALABAMA HAS MORE REGISTERED VOTERS THAN ELIGIBLE RESIDENTS

AL has 14 counties with over 100% of registered voters on its voter rolls.

Fourteen out of 67 counties in Alabama have over 100% of registered voters on their voter rolls. AL Secretary of State claims to have 3,608,572 registered voters, with 235,974 voters being inactive. If an inactive voter has a change of address outside the county, the person is not eligible to vote.

MAYOR OF GORDON IS CONVICTED OF VOTER FRAUD

Mayor Elbert Melton is convicted of falsifying ballots and stripped of his office.

Melton was convicted of two counts of unlawfully falsifying ballots when he was elected in 2016; he won the election by a 16-vote margin. One fraud count was dismissed because the victim passed away, the former mayor was sentenced to one year in jail. Circuit Judge Kevin Moulton denied a motion for acquittal or a new trial.

35 PEOPLE CONVICTED OF VOTER FRAUD SINCE 2000

Thirty-five people have been convicted of fraudulent use of absentee ballots since 2000.

The fraudulent use of absentee ballots consists of requesting absentee ballots and voting without the knowledge of the actual voter, obtaining the absentee ballot from a voter, filling it in directly, and forging the voter’s signature or illegally telling the voter whom to vote for. One case involving eleven people included a sheriff and a judge and was uncovered as an absentee ballot buying operation.

Alabama Constitutional Preamble

We the people of the State of Alabama, invoking the favor and guidance of Almighty God, do ordain and establish the following Constitution.

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