In a development sure to worry election security experts, the conservation district for the Seattle area is conducting this year's election on the internet.
It is the ninth election in the fifth state to use mobile voting, but the first time that method has been for everyone who casts a ballot, Tusk Philanthropies said Wednesday in announcing an agreement with officials in Washington's King County to help promote the voting. Previous uses of mobile systems have been confined to overseas, military or disabled people in the electorate.
Since Russians attempted to hack into voting systems during the 2016 presidential election, security experts have uniformly criticized any system with an online component. The most secure method for voting, they agree, involves paper ballots that no one but the voter can mark, and can then be readily recounted or used in an audit to assure the accuracy of returns.
Like so many other attitudes toward pressing problems these days, attitudes about election security are deeply divided along party lines, a poll out Tuesday finds.
Overall, 41 percent of people surveyed this month worry the country is either not very well prepared — or not prepared at all — to keep this year's presidential election secure and free of foreign interference.
But while two-thirds of Democrats believe the country is not ready, 85 percent of Republicans say the opposite, according to the results of a Marist Poll conducted for National Public Radio and PBS NewsHour.
A programming error at the Departments of Motor Vehicles led to nearly 600 noncitizens being added to the Illinois voter rolls in the past two years.
The secretary of state's office notified the Board of Elections in a letter last month that 574 noncitizen residents of Illinois had likely been registered to vote inadvertently while applying for a driver's license or identification card between July 2018 and December 2019. Those people are now being taken off the voter manifests.
It's a relatively rare case of a government agency openly admitting such a mistake, which if left unaddressed could open the officials running the coming election to charges of incompetence or malfeasance.
Organizer: American University Washington College of Law
On February 13th, American University Washington College of Law will officially launch the Technology, Law & Security Program. The launch event is titled "Guarding our Democracy: Responding to Malicious Influence Campaigns in a Digital World" and will take up the issue of foreign interference efforts from a tech, law and security perspective. Admiral (Ret) Michael Rogers will provide a keynote and we are lining up a great panel of public and private sector leaders to be moderated by Ellen Nakashima (Washington Post).
Location: American University Washington College of Law, 4300 Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington, DC