Vote count machines are just one target of hackers looking to disrupt US elections.
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Russian agents reportedly placed malware in U.S. voter registration systems in 2016 and are actively interfering in the 2020 election. Here’s the state of election cybersecurity.
Georgia voters brought folding chairs, books, laptop computers and plenty of patience to the polls on June.
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Voters across the nation should prepare for similar circumstances in their communities – but there is still time for them to demand better from their officials.
Election workers unload a bag of ballots brought in a from a polling precinct to the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters office in Sacramento, California.
There are different ballots, voting machines, registration and eligibility requirements and procedures for counting votes across the country. That’s a recipe for occasional confusion and miscounts.
How confident should voters be that their ballots will be counted accurately?
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Ensuring the integrity of democratic elections from hackers and electronic tampering, and boosting public confidence in democracy, isn’t very difficult, nor expensive.
Can they be confident their votes will count?
Russian government agents allegedly penetrated US state and county election databases. Scholars of election security offer insight and recommendations about what to do now.
Testing a new voting machine is a good start.
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As millions in federal dollars flow to states to protect elections, what should the money help pay for?
Recounting very close races is not enough to ensure election integrity.
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The best way to protect elections is to plan and prepare for an audit of the results after the votes are cast.
Does every person’s vote count?
Researchers reveal the ways the US election system is under threat – only one of which has anything to do with Russia.
Depending on old technology.
Where problems arose, voting was generally able to keep going smoothly. But those failures serve as a warning of how bad things could get if we don’t replace our voting machines soon.
All indications are that voting was not subject to a cyberattack.
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Though there is no indication hackers affected the outcome of the election, we still must act to improve the cybersecurity of American elections.
How secure is your vote?
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While voter fraud - despite recent allegations - is rare, how do we ensure the ballots we cast are counted accurately? If so, how? Our experts offer background and insight.
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