The FBI issued a warning to state officials regarding hacking threats to state voter rolls and election data. Homeland Security issued a statement that there is a big interest in the November election and they are considering whether our process should be considered critical infrastructure overseen by federal departments.
Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale disagrees. He says calling it critical infrastructure on the federal level is not very helpful to states because they won’t be able to accomplish much between now and the General Election. He says they are offering to stage scanning services for vendors, servers and third party users to help assure security. Gale says Nebraska will work with the state chief information officer who has also offered to provide the same service.
Gale says Nebraska’s voting system is secure. He says, “There is no way to hack into our General Election system because people use paper ballots and they are tabulated in each county separately. Those are not wired together, there is no networking or electronic transmission of information for that kind of system. It is all based on the counting of paper ballots. We are feeling very confident our system for Election Day is secure and we will have ballot accurate ballot counts.”
Gale says there are more than 9,000 voting centers and each has its own sophisticated system of tabulating ballots, counting ballots and producing election results. It is impossible to hack into that as a single attack.
The warning comes on the heels of hackers targeting state voter registration data bases in Arizona and Illinois.