Amid the blue and red banners dotting social media, mailers, billboards, flyers and just about everything else, Election Day is finally here. After all the guesswork and polls, Americans don’t know which way the political winds are going to blow or whether security measures taken by many states are going to hold…or whether some sort of nightmare will unfold.
Are Russians creeping around social media trying to influence voters? Is a wily and well-placed political operative using privileged access to tinker with a voter registration database? Or is a hacker exploiting a vulnerability in a voting machine or data storage system to manipulate voting data? Or did some harried developer simply leave a database exposed to the public?
“The 2018 midterms are the most secure elections we’ve ever held, thanks to the efforts of election officials around the country,” said David Becker, executive director and founder of the Center for Election Innovation & Research. “While there’s no finish line in election security, states are partnering with the federal government on cybersecurity like never before. There is zero evidence to suggest votes were changed in 2016, and voters should feel confident their votes today will be accurately counted.”
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