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Election Tech

Stories about the systems and technologies that enable the smooth and efficient running of U.S. elections. Also includes challenges related to election security and integrity.

Because election disinformation appears to be a norm in modern U.S. politics, election officials now find themselves in the unenviable position of having to become public relations and communications experts.
Mercer County, W.V., is preparing for the day when electronic voting machines nearing the end of their usefulness will have to be replaced with newer models costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Due to an unprecedented number of threats to election integrity, North Carolina must recognize the importance of year-round security improvements. State legislators are the key to funding these advancements.
Seven states have created cyber navigator programs, which assist local election officials with foreign cyber threats. While some local areas welcome the help, others are skeptical about the state getting involved.
The Federal Communications Commission is considering a $5.1 million fine against two far-right operatives responsible for a robocall campaign that intended to discourage Black citizens from voting last year.
The efforts have come under fire from voting rights activists and Democratic lawmakers, who argue GOP lawmakers are pushing the bills in response to unfounded claims that the 2020 election was compromised by voter fraud.
North Carolina's elections director told state congressmen that the state's elections system needs better security and enough staff to make improvements. The House's budget, however, didn't address these concerns.
Both the district attorney’s office in Mesa County, Colo., and the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office are examining the details of an alleged data breach that exposed passwords for local elections equipment.
The auditor of Clark County, Wash., is experiencing greater pressure to ensure fair elections, so computers have been put in cages, locks have been put on USB ports, and more people have been trained to be observers.
A task force convened by the state agency in charge of enforcing the California Political Reform Act is recommending the creation of a digital archive to track online advertisements promoting candidates for state office.