Election Security

VOTER VALIDATION FINGERPRINT READER, IRIS SCAN, OR TAKE A PICTURE trending idea

PURPOSE: Consider biometric scanners in voting centers.

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CAPABILITY:

DHS has an Office of Biometric Identity Management (since 2013) that could (potentially) be used for the purpose of validating voting.

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PUBLIC WILLINGNESS:

I would be perfectly willing to have my fingerprint read prior to voting (or iris scanned or picture taken in the alternative). I cannot think of any reason to be adverse to this, unless you are a criminal or there to cheat the system.

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BARRIERS TO PARTICIPATION:

Everyone has a fingerprint, Iris, or both or could have their picture taken - so the cheaters can’t claim “voter suppression” to prevent the use of fingerprint or Iris scanners, (among all the other lies they used to weaken voter security). Fingerprints can be tied to voter address (mine is already).

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COST AND INTEROPERABILITY:

Many phones have fingerprint scanners, external USB Fingerprint scanners start at $10, I have had a fingerprint scanner on at least one of my mediocre Laptops since 2001 (so no one can claim it is too expensive or too modern to work with their equipment [there are no interoperability problems]).

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MITIGATING ISSUES:

Yes, fingerprints do change a bit every 10 years or so, but if the voter gives their fingerprint (today), and there is any question about their vote (tomorrow), they can be brought in, re-fingerprinted, and their identity can be more substantially explored. An Iris scan is a stabile scan, and in the alternative, a picture can be taken and/or compared to a last known photo ID.

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HISTORICAL AVAILABILITY:

Biometric scanning devices are available everywhere. Many biometric scanning devices have been perfected for over 2 decades in Las Vegas, including advanced analytics and behavior scanning.

=>ONCE AGAIN, WHY ARE WE PROTECTING CASINOS more than we protect our voting apparatus – ridiculous backwards priorities.

=>Fully developed, available systems, ready for deployment may include: Retinal Recognition Systems, Iris Recognition Systems, Fingerprint Recognition Systems, Facial Recognition Systems, Hand Geometry Recognition Systems, Speech Pattern Recognition Systems, and Signature Recognition Systems.

=>I discussed biometrics in more depth here:

https://homelandsecurity.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Domestic-Biometric-Scanning-Projected-Requirements-Capabilities/546251-34944

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IMPRESSIONS:

Biometric scanning will almost certainly be a more ubiquitous part of life in the near future and new biometric systems (including facial recognition systems) will be coming to an Airport near you soon! The technology is available now, we have only but to adapt mechanisms already in use (in other critical mission areas), for use in protecting our voting apparatus.

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