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State of security: New York

Who’s in Charge: Board of Elections Co-Director Todd Valentine, Board of Elections Co-Director Robert A. Brehm It’s up to you, New York, New York, who you vote for. But as far as how you vote in the Empire State, DRE-based electronic voting, including absentee ones, are submitted via paper ballots. The votes are then counted using ballot…

State of security: Washington

Who’s in Charge: Secretary of State Kim Wyman, Director of Elections Lori Augino In March 2018, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed into law House Bill 2406, which aims to improve election security by mandating the adoption of recognized best auditing practices, requiring voting system vendors to disclose data breaches, and authorizing the secretary of state to…

State of security: Maryland

Who’s in charge:  Who is in charge: Secretary of State John C. Wobensmith Maryland was the force behind a recent bill introduced in October by its two Democratic senators, Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, called Protect Our Elections Act, which prohibits foreign nationals from owning or controlling companies that are involved in the U.S.…

State of Security: Texas

Who’s in Charge: Secretary of State Rolando Pablos As early voters made their ways to the polls in Texas, reports surfaced that some voting machines were changing ballot selections from Democratic contender to Beto O’Rourke to incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, stoking concerns that they’d been compromised or some sort of nefarious actions were afoot. Not…

Facebook rejects 82 more fake accounts, groups and pages allegedly linked to Iran

Two months after Facebook removed 652 inauthentic pages, groups and accounts for spreading misinformation and stoking political discord in other nations, Facebook announced on Friday that it banished another 82 offenders for the same reason. Back in August, Facebook identified Iran and Russia as the chief culprits behind the fraudulent activity. This time around, Iran…

Texas voting machines switch O’Rourke-Cruz ballot selections in early voting

First reports that some voting machines were switching ballot selections from Beto O’Rourke to Sen. Ted Cruz during early voting in Texas raised concerns that the systems had been compromised, but election officials have assured Texans the ballot changes were a result of voters casting a straight-party ticket moving from one screen to the next…

State of security: Louisiana

Who’s in Charge: Secretary of State: R. Kyle Ardoin “Geaux vote,” the Bayou State’s website urges its citizens. But that might not be considered a secure practice, officials have said, until the 2020 election when the millions of dollars being poured into Louisiana’s voting systems will have an effect. Although Louisiana was not one of…

State of security: Connecticut

Who is in charge: Secretary of State Denise Merrill Connecticut is going into the 2018 election with a high level of confidence that the state will be able to secure the election process. Secretary of State Denise Merrill discussed the issue with Connecticut Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D) and Senator Chris Murphy (D) when she brought…

Democratic fundraising firm leaves data-filled NAS open to public

A consumer-grade network attached storage (NAS) device owned by Rice Consulting, a fundraising firm working primarily with the Democratic Party, containing client data and passwords giving access to other organizations, was left publicly accessible, a cybersecurity research firm discovered. The factory-set authentication of the Buffalo TeraStation NAS device was disabled, leaving it open to being…

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