SAVE held a press conference on September 9, 2019. Local ABC News 24 Mike Matthews was on hand to take our statements.
The Shelby County Election Commission's (SCEC) administrator and spokesperson Linda Phillips was unavailable for comment to our statements and instead issued a written response.
On September 12, 2019, Mike Matthews produced another segment regarding political signage, and was able to secure a live response from Administrator Phillips at that time.
Please view both news segments and SAVE's official response below.
September 9, 2019
September 12, 2019
SAVE's Official Response
The SAVE Voting on Thin Ice report and SCEC minutes document where a Shelby County Election Commissioner complained previously about the ES&S election vendor having unfettered access to the vote counting tabulator (server), even unsupervised.
The Tennessee Intergovernmental Advisory Committee Report 2007, expressly states as to Shelby County that “all central tabulators need to be physically protected from unsupervised access by any individual, including Diebold and other voting equipment machine vendors”.
The 2007 Tennessee Intergovernmental Advisory Committee Report singles out Shelby County for having its Diebold central tabulator plugged into the county network, with illegal editing software found on the system.
The ES&S Shelby County Election Process Final Report of January 7, 2013, again warned that the vote counting tabulator was plugged in to the county network and vulnerable on multiple levels, including hacking and malware. So, the tabulator has been connected to the internet.
Further, the public testing of the machines mentioned by SCEC Administrator Phillips does not include a forensic audit (internal inspection) of the voting machines and system for malware. Such an audit is necessary in that it is documented that our vote counting server has been plugged into the county network and open to the internet on more than one occasion.
Moreover, Administrator Phillips’ statements that Kernell and Chumney have not observed the vote counting process recently is inaccurate. The SAVE group observed inside the SCEC annex on election night November 2016. Kernell observed at a satellite zone on election night November 2018.
The SAVE group also obtained reports from attorneys who observed inside the SCEC annex on election night November 2018.
Phillips states that she doesn’t’ let strangers have access to 'her' voting machines or wandering in 'her' warehouse. First, these are the voting machines and the warehouse belong to 'the public'.
And, her statements incredibly disregard the real threat as stated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that voting machines like those used in Shelby County are a national security concern due to the possibility of hacking.
Instead of glib responses and misrepresentations of the true facts, action is needed.