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2/7/2020
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Ari Singer
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5 Measures to Harden Election Technology

Voting machinery needs hardware-level security. The stakes are the ultimate, and the attackers among the world's most capable.

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2/11/2020 | 10:48:05 AM
Re: Not all states have polls...
Thanks very much for your question.  As you mention, states such as Oregon, Washington and Colorado conduct their elections completely by mail.  This changes the specifics of some of the potential vulnerabilities, but the security principles and many protection measures remain the same.  In particular, once the mailed ballots are received and collated, the scanning and tabulating systems are similar to other election systems.   These systems should be single-purpose, disconnected when possible and access should be carefully restricted to authorized users with minimal privileges.  Public information from the Oregon Secretary of State indicates that several measures were implemented to protect internal systems and to secure election data transfers.  This kind of hardening is essential, but election integrity is still tenuous without eliminating single points of failure.  Implementing redundant counting systems and cross-checks and utilizing hardware-based security on each system component will continue to improve these systems.
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2/10/2020 | 11:11:43 AM
Not all states have polls...
Thanks for the 2 part articles. Can you please address "Vote by Mail" states such as Oregon in your article?

 Info about Oregon election process: https://sos.oregon.gov/voting-elections/Pages/default.aspx

 
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