State of security: Oklahoma

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’s failure to require a post-election audit and Oklahoma can do a better job with its reconciliation procedure.

The state did receive kudos for requiring that all voting machines unsecured to EAC Voluntary Voting System Guidelines before being used and for carrying out pre-election logic and accuracy testing.

Oklahoma received $5.2 million in federal Help America Vote Act funding and matched it with an additional $259,801.

At the time the money was received Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said the plan is to spend it on enhancements to the state’s voter registration system, security enhancements and cybersecurity training, according to KFOR.com.

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