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Paper ballots keep electoral systems secure

It is clear that some of our fellow citizens have lost confidence in our ability to organize fair and transparent elections here in the United States. Just watch the news to find out more about it.

With the above in mind, here in Washington State, the Regional Center for Disaster Resilience (of which I am a part) will support what is called Homeland Security Region 6 (King County) by hosting an Election Security Workshop in 2022, in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary of State in Washington.

The target audience is made up of elected officials themselves. Our goal is to ensure that they understand all physical and cybersecurity measures taken to protect the integrity of the electoral system in Washington.

FYI, there are over 500 separate elected officials in King County alone. We are also targeting neighboring counties and state elected officials.

What made me think of the above was the article below from the Washington post this highlights the fact that six states have no paper ballots at all. Very dangerous in this cyber world we live in today.

“By Joseph Marks

“With the research of Aaron Schaffer

“Welcome to The Cybersecurity 202! Call me a purist, but I don’t see how a microwave Christmas pudding fits into the Holiday edition of The Great British Baking Show.

“Below: Russia blocks access to Tor anonymization network, and conti ransomware gang takes credit for hack into Australian utilities. And one more note before we start today: be sure to check out our sister newsletter, The Climate 202, where author Maxine Joselow takes you into the hottest climate policy debates in Washington.

“Six states still use paperless voting machines

“More than five years after Russian interference troubled the 2016 election, Louisiana still has not switched to a paper voting system for its voters.

“Although the state legislature has committed to moving to a paper-based system this year, it won’t be ready until the 2022 election and may not be ready in time for 2024, secretary of state tells me. Kyle Ardoin (R).

“The big picture: It means the state is still falling short of what federal officials say is the most important protection to secure elections against hacking from Russia or elsewhere. At least in the next election, his voters will vote on machines called direct recording equipment that experts say make it much easier for hackers to change votes without being detected.

“We’re going to have a system on paper. The point is, we can’t rush without looking at all the changes that need to be made… and educating the voters, as well as the elected, ”Ardoin told me. “It’s a radical change from where we are today. ”

Eric holdeman

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Washington, Office of Emergency Management.

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