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State of security: New Mexico

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Election Director Mandy Vigil From a security perspective, New Mexico is entering the 2018 elections from a position of strength. The Land of Enchantment relies solely on paper ballots, using only marking devices and optical scanners to record and tally the votes. Prior to the election, the state was to…

A vote for better security

In light of rampant concerns about election tampering and voting machine manipulation, here are some steps IT security experts believe that state and county election officials can (and will) take to mitigate the risk of fraud come Election Day. Sharing information and seeking guidance. Since the 2016 Presidential election, county and state governments have redoubled…

State of security: Massachusetts

Who’s in charge: Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts William Francis Galvin Massachusetts only used a fraction of the $7.9 million in federal funding it received to shore up 2018 midterm election security, investing in training and new equipment. The bulk, the state said, will be used between now and the 2020 election to replace…

Georgia’s Kemp accuses Dems of failed hack of voter reg system

As an already contentious governor’s race in Georgia draws to a close, the Republican candidate, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, has accused the Democratic Party of Georgia of “a failed attempt to hack the state’s voter registration system.” Kemp’s office said it wouldn’t comment on the probe. “I can confirm that the Democratic Party…

State of security: Idaho

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Lawerence Denney Keeping voters calm and giving them confidence in the electoral system has been an on-going concern across the country. With November 6 hovering just a few weeks away, Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney on October 17 issued a statement to calm voter anxiety over the trove…

State of Security: Arizona

In the wake of the 2016 Russian attempt to hack into Arizona’s election system its Secretary of State Michele Reagan commissioned a top to bottom study of the state’s election security posture the results of which were released in October. The 15-page report, compiled by Gartner, came up with a series of recommendations and Reagan…

State of security: Hawaii

Who’s in charge: Chief Election Official Scott Nago Hawaii has possibly the most unique election issue of any state in the union and it has nothing to do with cybersecurity. Volcanoes. Earlier this year Hawaiian citizens were reminded to double-check the location of their polling place as the state had to relocate two voting precincts…

State of security: Indiana

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Connie Lawson While states like Maine hope taking a low-tech approach to voting will help keep it secure from hackers, Indiana is taking the opposite route with Secretary of State Connie Lawson proudly hyping all the cybersecurity measures that have been implemented, although one outside organization rating voting security gave…

State of Security: Kentucky

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Alison Lundergan-Grimes, Executive Director Jared Dearing Kentucky’s reliance on electronic vote-recording devices with no voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) capabilities makes little horse sense, according to security experts. Citing documentation from Kentucky’s office of the Secretary of State, as well as press releases and news articles from the last six months, the Verified…

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