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Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties all use the PollChief software to manage poll worker schedules and track voting equipment. Konnech, the company behind PollChief, has been accused of storing sensitive data in China.
Eight states have elections for governor next month in which an incumbent is not on the ballot. Arizona CIO J.R. Sloan weighs in on how state IT is positioned to weather the change.
Election officials in Berks County began the arduous process of testing a warehouse full of voting machines ahead of the November elections. More than 800 machines will be put through their paces in the week-long test.
While the voting machines themselves passed the examination by officials and staff, concerns were raised about how candidate information was displayed on the screen and whether it would favor one candidate over another.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is reporting that China and Russia are actively amplifying existing election misinformation in an effort to to interfere in the November midterms.
Some 34,000 voting machines and 4,000 ballot scanners are being tested ahead of the November elections. Concerns about election integrity and security have been high despite the lack of evidence of manipulation or errors.
The Ulster County Board of Elections will host a demonstration of the new voting machines that are being considered to replace nearly 200 older models. Officials say the event is part of the selection process.
The Luzerne County Council has approved a nearly $500,000 contract for a new ballot sorting system. The new technology will reduce the number of county employees tasked with processing mail-in ballots.
Norwich and Stonington registrars reported that multiple machines at polling locations in the two municipalities malfunctioned during the Aug. 9 primary election. Approximately 50 machines were affected throughout the state.
The company’s new solution can scan mail-in ballot envelopes, check voter signatures against a database, reject ballots meant for another election and more. It comes amid rapid growth in mail-in voting.
Witnesses testifying in a recent congressional hearing said domestic sources are playing a strong role in driving online falsehoods that undermine faith in elections and inspire real-world violent attacks.
A newly released report by the county’s Election Security Review Committee called the security around election equipment “inadequate” and also called out the “serious problem” of threats against election workers.
The state has announced that a pot of as much as $8 million will be made available to local governments for the purposes of improving election security. Municipalities can expect $1,500 for each voting district.
Security concerns and the inability to provide a paper trail have all but eliminated the once-popular devices which stored votes directly on electronic memory. Ballot marking devices have largely replaced them.
A practice run using newly approved election technology ran into technical issues last week. Election officials say another mock vote will likely be scheduled to test adjustments made to the technology.