election security

Weeks before the first votes of the 2020 presidential election, Americans report a high level of concern about how secure that election will be and worry about the perils of disinformation, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll.

Forty-one percent of those surveyed said they believed the U.S. is not very prepared or not prepared at all to keep November's election safe and secure.

Updated at 6:15 p.m. ET

The FBI says it plans to warn state and local election officials if it discovers cyberattacks this year. It hopes the new policy will build new bridges to more authorities involved with election security.

The federal government has been criticized for poor communication with election officials during and since the Russian attack on the presidential election in 2016.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is ordering county elections officials to be on guard for the possibility of a cyber attack from Iran after entities have seen an increase in suspicious cyber activity around the country.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose says the state’s voting systems are secure and ready for 2020. But Jen Miller of the League of Women Voters is concerned about voter turnout.

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The state attorney general and several county prosecutors will be reviewing cases of potential voter fraud where people are accused of casting a vote in a different state then casting another in Ohio.

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose addressing county elections officials on Dec. 6, 2019.
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Secretary of State Frank LaRose is pushing county elections officials to complete a series of security preparations for the 2020 election.

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Ohio’s Secretary of State says 354 people who are not U.S. citizens registered to vote or cast ballots in 2018. All those people could potentially face state charges. 

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose marks National Registration Day at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.
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Ohio’s Secretary of State says a recent attempt by a computer in Panama to insert code into his office’s website was unsuccessful. But state leaders say this incident underscores why a comprehensive election security plan must be put in place soon.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s spokesperson says there was what they call an "unsophisticated and unsuccessful" attempt to insert code to the office's website on election day earlier this month.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose (right) flanked by Franklin County Board of Elections Director Edward Leonard.
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The country is less than a year away from the 2020 presidential election, and concerns about Russian interference in the 2016 election persists. Have Ohio and other states done everything they need to ensure that the vote next time will be safe and secure?

The Ohio National Guard Cyber Mission Assurance Team (CMAT) conducts network assessments during exercise week of Cyber Shield 19, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana on April 16, 2019.
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Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a bill aimed at enhancing Ohio's resilience to cyberattacks, including those aimed at its election systems.

The Russian government's interference in the 2016 U.S. elections singled out African Americans, a new Senate committee report concludes.

Using Facebook pages, Instagram content and Twitter posts, Russian information operatives working for the Internet Research Agency had an "overwhelming operational emphasis on race ... no single group of Americans was targeted ... more than African Americans."

Secretary of State Frank LaRose (right) flanked by Franklin County Board of Elections Director Edward Leonard.
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Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose offered a peek behind the curtain of elections officials’ efforts to conduct a smooth and secure election. 

Senators thawed a long-frozen dispute over election security this week with an agreement to provide more funding ahead of Election Day next year — but not as much as some Democrats and outside activists say is necessary.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., agreed to add $250 million for election security after having held up earlier legislation.

The money will be used by the federal government and the states, he said, and in a way that McConnell argues is appropriate for the federal system and without unreasonable new mandates from Congress.

Tech Tuesday: Election Security

Jul 30, 2019
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Russia targeted election systems in all 50 states during the 2016 election, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The report didn't conclude that any votes were changed because of these attempts. But the committee did find what they called, "an unprecedented level of activity against state election infrastucture" looking for vulnerabilities.

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