Arizona, Nation Rush To Protect Elections Against Hackers

By Jaye McAuliffe, Lauren Gilger, Steve Goldstein
Published: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 12:08pm
Updated: Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 3:28pm
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Across the country, states are rushing to plug any security holes in their paperless voting machines. Security experts said those machines are easily hackable and there is no way to audit results when errors occur.

A new survey from Politico shows that efforts to replace vulnerable machines are often a slow and laborious process. Tens of millions of Americans use paperless voting machines and, with the shadow of Russia’s 2016 election interference, there is a real concern on how states can secure their voting machines in time for elections.

To talk about this issue, The Show reached out to Eric Geller, a cybersecurity reporter with Politico.

Here in Arizona, most people vote using paper ballots. The voting machines we use are designed for people with disabilities, and they produce a paper record of the votes cast. But election officials are nonetheless focused on shoring up election security.

To talk about the security precautions that Arizona is doing ahead of elections, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs also joined The Show.

"We were targeted, and there were attempts to hack, but we were never breached," Hobbs said.

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