Maricopa County Recorder Moves Ahead To Protect Special Election From Hacking

By Holliday Moore
Published: Monday, February 26, 2018 - 10:07am

Tuesday is your last chance to vote in the Special Election for Arizona's 8th Congressional District.

Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Homeland Security met with state secretaries across the country to discuss election security, but federal security laws will not allow them to share that information with local election offices.

Considering there are as many people in Maricopa County as there are in many neighboring states, recorder Adrian Fontes said, "We're not just standing still waiting."

Fontes said he and Arizona's other county recorders have gotten proactive with their own plans based on advice coming from those working in the field.

"One of the things that we've done," he said, "is electronic systems in voting areas are now being set up by professionals, not by the volunteer poll workers."

Ideally, Fontes said county recorders around the country would like the D.H.S. and FBI to share specifics on where the hackers entered voting systems and what part human error played in those security breaches.