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Federal judge orders review of Georgia’s provisional ballots

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Noting that it was likely that the administration of former Georgia Secretary of State and self-proclaimed governor-elect Brian Kemp likely failed to “properly maintain a reliable and secure voter registration system,” a federal judge said the state must review provisional ballots cast in a contentious Nov. 6 election. In ruling on a case brought by…

Kemp resigns as Georgia Secretary of State

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It looks as though embattled Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who has been widely criticized for not recusing himself from an election in which he was a candidate for governor, has taken former President Jimmy Carter’s advice and resigned his office just hours before he was to appear in court to answer a lawsuit…

Election Day: Securing the vote

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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…

State of security: Oklahoma

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Who’s in charge: State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax Oklahoma’s voting standards came under some scrutiny for some Election Day practices that are considered unsecure potentially leaving their electoral process open to being hacked. The Center for American Progress called out the state for its practice of allowing absentee ballots to be returned electronically, the…

State of security: Nebraska

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Who’s in charge: Secretary of State John A. Gale Digital fingerprints tracing back to Russia were found probing for vulnerabilities on systems maintained by Election Systems & Software, an election services IT provider, back in 2016 when Russian threat actors attempted access the election systems of 20 other states. The company manages the Nebraska’s Voter…

State of security: New Hampshire

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Who’s in charge: Secretary of State William M. Gardner The state spent $250,000 of its nearly $3.2 million election security budget ($3.1 million in federal grant money and $155,000 in matching state funds) to improve systems for the 2018 midterm elections. Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan said the state has hired firms to test…

State of security: Minnesota

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Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Steve Simon Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon said the state’s reliance on paper ballots is a cornerstone of ballot security and vote totals are reviewed by city, county, and state election officials several times before an election is ultimately certified by the state canvassing board. The electrical systems…

State of Security: Nevada

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Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Barbara K. Cegavske Nevada uses a centralized statewide voter registration system which is maintained by the Office of the Secretary of State and Nevada’s local election officials. The state’s voting systems include the equipment used to create ballots, cast and count votes, and display election results, is a “standalone…

State of security: Iowa

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Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Paul Pate, Director of Elections Dawn Williams Iowa uses nothing but paper ballots for all forms of voting, and then tabulates the votes with ballot marking technology or optical scanners. The auditing process has come under some criticism for a variety of perceived flaws, including its scope, which is limited to a…

Election threats: three things to watch

The system for electing government officials is perhaps more essential to the American way of life than anything else. Hence, the myriad reports of election system compromise has proved offensive on many levels to the American voters. Here is a brief list of potential threats that could affect the forthcoming elections: Nation-state actors. The major…

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