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Iowa's shield against election cyberattacks: paper ballots

DES MOINES — Iowa officials say they are using old-school technology — namely paper ballots — to thwart cyberterrorists employing sophisticated methods from trying to hack into the state’s voting systems.

“We vote on paper ballots,” said Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, who is on that ballot because he faces a challenge from Democrat Deidre DeJear. “This a crucial security measure. You can’t hack a paper ballot.”

By ROD BOSHART 10/29/18 THEGAZETTE.COM

 
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Iowa officials say they are using old-school technology — namely paper ballots — to thwart cyberterrorists.

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ia VOTING SYSTEM GRADE: C*

Iowa carries out its elections with paper ballots, but the state’s post-election audit law is inadequate from an election security standpoint. The scope of the audits is based on a fixed number of counties and precincts rather than a statistically significant number tied to the margin of victory in one or more ballot contests.

 

Center for American Progress Voting Systems Report Card

In August 2017, the Center for American Progress released a report entitled “9 Solutions for Securing America’s Elections,” laying out nine vulnerabilities in election infrastructure and solutions to help improve election security in time for the 2018 and 2020 elections.

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POLLING PLACE EQUIPMENT

Verified Voting: The Verifier Map

Verified Voting’s interactive map offers detailed county-by-county listing of current voting technology for each state.

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State Audit Laws

All computerized elections should be audited to check the accuracy of the vote count and ensure the integrity of democracy.

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STATE ELECTIONS LEGISLATION DATABASE

National Conference of State Legislators Bill Tracking

This database contains state legislation related to the administration of elections introduced in 2011 through this year, 2019.