Tag Archives: Elections

American voters deserve better security

Thanks to its vote-by-mail, paper ballot election system, Oregon has little to fear from hackers seeking to tamper with votes. But the same can’t be said for all states. Both parties in Congress are playing politics with election security legislation, but there is no excuse for the Senate Republican leader’s refusal to even consider new […]
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Your phone and TV are tracking you, and political campaigns are listening in

It was a crowded primary field and Tony Evers, running for governor, was eager to win the support of officials gathered at a Wisconsin state Democratic Party meeting, so the candidate did all the usual things: He read the room, he shook hands, he networked. Then he put an electronic fence around everyone there. Source: […]
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Voting and Campaign Reforms Signed Into Law in Oregon

It just got easier to vote in Oregon, with new laws being signed Friday making it free to mail in ballots, requiring campaign ads to say who paid for them and making political organizations identify their largest donors. Oregon already has mail-in ballots that make waiting for hours to vote at polling stations a thing […]
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Myriad election systems complicate efforts to stop hackers

A Senate report on Russian interference in U.S. elections highlights one of the biggest challenges to preventing foreign intrusions in American democracy: the limited powers and ability of the federal government to protect elections run by state and local officials. That has given fuel to those who argue for a larger federal role. Source: Myriad […]
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Facebook Ads Are Creating a “Huge Problem” in Washington State Elections

Eight months ago, Facebook announced it was banning all political ads targeting local elections in Washington state. Four months ago, after it became clear the company was still selling such ads, Facebook told state election regulators that it was working to improve enforcement of its ban. Source: Facebook Ads Are Creating a “Huge Problem” in […]
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Russia Targeted Election Systems in All 50 States, Report Finds 

State Library Ed. Note: State employees can access this New York Times story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. You will need to run a search for the story in the database since the content was not available at the time of our posting. Alternatively, state employees can contact us […]
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AP Exclusive: New election systems use vulnerable software

Pennsylvania’s message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds helping counties buy brand-new electoral systems. But […]
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New election systems use vulnerable software

Pennsylvania’s message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds helping counties buy brand-new electoral systems. But […]
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Democracy Wins in Oregon, Despite Lawmakers’ Walkout

Democracy took big steps forward and one giant step back in Oregon. It was a dark day for democracy when 11 Oregon senators successfully blocked a major climate and clean energy bill by leaving the state to prevent a quorum. But, in other ways the Oregon lawmaking session was a smashing success for democracy. Here […]
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Feds Don’t Regulate Election Equipment, So States Are On Their Own

Election technology companies design voting machines. But are they secure? Behind nearly every voter registration database, voting machine and county website that posts results on Election Day, there’s an election technology company that has developed those systems and equipment. By targeting one of those private vendors, Russia, China or some other U.S. adversary could tamper […]
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