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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.

Today on All Sides, election security, data anonymization, and more.

Updated at 3:59 p.m. ET

The Senate intelligence committee has released its report detailing Russia's targeting of election systems in 2016 along with recommendations for protecting American elections from foreign interference.

The committee's final report on election security appeared Thursday as the 2020 presidential race gets underway in what promises to be a bitter and divisive election battle.

Secretary LaRose (right) showing a resident the new machine at National Church Residences in Columbus.
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Ohio's elections chief ordered county boards of elections on Tuesday to undergo a host of security upgrades that he says will guard against cyberattacks and other threats ahead of the 2020 election.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Sochi Tuesday, holding talks that are aimed at improving relations between Washington and Moscow. But the discussions also allowed them to air their disagreements — and they took advantage of that, diverging on topics from Russia's attempts to destabilize other countries to how to resolve crises in Venezuela, Iran and other complicated issues.

Secretary LaRose (right) showing a resident the new machine at National Church Residences in Columbus.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Franklin County will use new voting machines for Tuesday’s primary election, setting up a kind of dress rehearsal for the 2020 presidential election.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Ohio’s Secretary of State Frank LaRose is warning voters to be vigilant when they come across information regarding politics and government on social media, he says misinformation remains a top priority in the fight against elections meddling.

Ohio Secretary Of State Backs Election Cybersecurity Bill

Feb 26, 2019
Ohio I Voted Stickers
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Ohio's new elections chief is ready to voice his support for a bill he says aims to better protect the battleground state's election systems from cyberattacks.

In the months leading up to the midterms, Ohio election officials tried to make their computer systems harder to hack.

They role-played how to handle cyberattacks and received help from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

They say last week’s vote went off without major cybersecurity problems. Now they have to prepare for an even bigger election—the 2020 presidential race.

Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

When you hear about hackers, you might picture someone sitting at a computer remotely breaking in. But Ohio’s voting machines are not connected to the internet, and neither are the tabulation devices. 

Nick Evans / WOSU

Ohio’s secretary of state keeps track of business filings and campaign finance records. But that office is best known for its role as the state’s elections chief – and it’s one of the five statewide executive offices that will have a new occupant in January.

County boards of elections in Ohio are bringing in experts to size up whether their computer systems are vulnerable to hackers.