November 2, 2020

What cybersecurity officials have done and are doing to protect our elections

What cybersecurity officials have done and are doing to protect our elections

It seems every few years in the US the conversation about electronic voting and voter hacking come into the spotlight and voters and news pundits discuss whether voters should be using voting machines or paper ballots and if this or that foreign country is trying to hack our voting machines.

While much of that conversation may take place in a more partisan context of one side blaming the other or trying one side trying to delegitimize another, there is a serious question to be asked. Can votes be hacked, and if it can, what is being done to stop it?

First, it should be stated that cybersecurity experts still say that voting by mail-in or in-person paper ballot is still the safest way to vote. “Mail-in and absentee voting systems are resilient and secure because they generate paper trails that can be audited,” Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) told CBS News.

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