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NEWS

New Election Systems Found to Use Vulnerable, Outdated Software

WASHINGTON — 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.

By TAMI ABDOLLAH / AP 07/13/2019 TIME.COM

 
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Steve Marcinkus, an Investigator with the Office of the City Commissioners, demonstrates the ExpressVote XL voting machine at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia, on June 13, 2019.

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PA VOTING SYSTEM GRADE: D

Pennsylvania adheres to a number of minimum cybersecurity best practices related to voter registration systems, but the state allows voting using machines that do not provide a paper record. In addition to being vulnerable to hacking, this prevents the state from carrying out post-election audits that test the accuracy of election outcomes, which does not provide confirmation that ballots are cast as the voter intends and counted as cast.

 
 

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.

ARE PA VOTES COUNTED IN THE LIGHT?

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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.