For people who take seriously the idea of free and open elections, it’s been a busy (and exhausting) few months. In no particular order, we:
— Eagerly anticipate the Supreme Court’s decision on the partisan gerrymandering case Gill v. Whitford, which was argued earlier this month.
— Anxiously consider the fact that Russian hackers scanned Connecticut’s online voting system, though Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said the system was not breached. Connecticut was one of 21 states where Russian hackers sought to go where they shouldn’t, according to the Department of Homeland Security. They were successful in at least one state, Illinois. There, officials reported that roughly 90,000 records were compromised. Before we congratulate ourselves that at least our votes were counted in Connecticut, a Harvard study released last month said that 35 states — including Connecticut — still have vulnerabilities in their voting system that could allow hackers to alter voter information such as address or party affiliation. Such tampering would create a significant amount of confusion at the polls, and that could affect an election’s outcome. Investigators are asking if something like that happened to disenfranchise voters in states like North Carolina.
By Susan Campbell2018 Mid-term elections, Kris Kobach, Voter Integrity Commission, Voter Suppression
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