Utah’s top election officials say they have been shoring up security systems ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm, but are still “nervous” about potential attacks leading up to election night.
“We prepare for the worst and then hope Election Day is very quiet,” said Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox. “If things work out, you’ll never even know we’ve done anything.”
Utah adheres to a number of minimum cybersecurity best practices related to voter registration systems and conducts its elections using paper ballots and voting machines that provide a paper record, but the state’s post-election audits lack important criteria. For example, the number of ballots included in an audit is based on a fixed amount, 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
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STATE ELECTIONS LEGISLATION DATABASE
This database contains state legislation related to the administration of elections introduced in 2011 through this year, 2019.