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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.
Election-related disinformation continues to spark real threats. Paying close attention to these online conversations can tip off local governments to serious risks, says Maricopa County, Ariz., CISO Lester Godsey.
Voters in the county have been asked to weigh in on the new voting machines that will be used in upcoming elections. Currently, only two machine vendors are certified to do business in the state.
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a report last week highlighting potential hacking vulnerabilities with the Dominion Voting Systems touchscreen voting machines used by the state.
Gov. Jared Polis this week signed into law SB22-153, which requires new security measures for election systems, and HB22-1273, which makes it a crime to threaten election officials or publish their personal information online.
The state plans to hire a full-time misinformation expert to counter online falsehoods as part of a $2 million election security and public information campaign by the Secretary of the State’s Office.
The newly purchases equipment will be used for the first time during the June 28 primary election. Danville is one of the last cities in the state to adopt the technology, according to election officials.
Election officials in Clackamas County, Ore., didn't notice a printing issue with the barcodes on election ballots that were sent to some voters. The county has a history of election ballot errors.
Mayor Dave Bronson has issued a written inquiry about his city's recent municipal election. While the mayor said he's not questioning the results of the election, his inquiry calls for an audit.
Even with new protections, heightened awareness and information-sharing across all levels of government, widespread skepticism about election integrity makes a potential Russian cyberattack more concerning, experts warn.
Local officials, voting rights supporters and the election security community have spoken against Georgia’s latest voting bill. Multiple officials said the bill would create needless “security theater” busywork.
Body camera footage captured by a sheriff's deputy in Emmet County, Mich., provides some insight into how a small group fueled by misinformation attempted to take election data from a county office.
Voters in the Alaska city can now track the status of their mail-in ballot and receive automatic alerts through the BallotTrax system. The new system will be used for the first time during the April 5 municipal election.
For a total of nine drop-box locations, the Orange County Registrar of Voters will see how new ballot-tracking technology during the upcoming June primary election affects the process of voting.
Savvy journalists flagging unreliable content, trusted local practitioners spreading truthful information, and AI tools charting the spread of manipulated narratives are being levied in the fight against misinformation.