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Hack The Country: When Municipal Crowd-Voting Is Compromised

Published on 28 September 17
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Current U.S government is still dealing with rumors of election fraud by foreign agents. Although all suspects for manipulation are strongly being denied by government officials, such problems can seriously damage public trust.


Since many worldwide countries have yet to make the transition to digital voting, they are being spared such hacking issues (although regular elections can also be manipulated, digital or not).


What are the current solutions for such a problem?

Here are a few.


Strict security protocols

Government and municipal organizations must employ data security experts, to help prevent hacking problems with every means necessary, i.e. most advanced firewalls, cutting-edge technology election management systems, etc.


Such experts actually must be a form of white hackers themselves, since hacking options develop in an incredible speed, and data security experts must be familiar with every change.


Better voting platforms

Software is something dynamic and ever changing. In order to adhere to the most strict security protocols, all government and municipal organizations should make sure they have the most advanced, updated crowd voting platforms.


For example, the new voting systems should require a physical voter-verified paper ballot, without which no voting can take place. Such a non-digital identifier would prevent any access from the virtual world, without damaging the rest of the digital process.


Rigorous statistical audits

Based on the above-mentioned voter-verified ballots, in order to verify that results are indeed trustworthy, one must compare random samples prior to any final results publication.


The audits must take into account a large statistical sample, enough to make sure detection and correction any incorrect voting results. A 0.5% sample would be enough to make sure election integrity. All data, tests and results should then go on public record, accessible to any scrutiny necessary.


In the U.S. alone, replacing current voting machines should cost between $130 million to $400 million, while performing statistical audits will amount to $20 million a year. A drop in the sea compared to the U.S. $640 billion defense budget request.


Kenya in Africa have also lately deployed several new technologies and methods, in the sole purpose of preventing election fraud. One of those means is an advanced biometric voter registration process, which will eliminate any duplicate or "ghost" voters.


Taking into account Comey's previous assessment that foreign agents are "coming after America", it would be wise to upgrade anything election-related - from voter identification to security audits - nothing is more important to help raise the people’s trust in the institution of elections.

Current U.S government is still dealing with rumors of election fraud by foreign agents. Although all suspects for manipulation are strongly being denied by government officials, such problems can seriously damage public trust.

Since many worldwide countries have yet to make the transition to digital voting, they are being spared such hacking issues (although regular elections can also be manipulated, digital or not).

What are the current solutions for such a problem?

Here are a few.

Strict security protocols

Government and municipal organizations must employ data security experts, to help prevent hacking problems with every means necessary, i.e. most advanced firewalls, cutting-edge technology election management systems, etc.

Such experts actually must be a form of white hackers themselves, since hacking options develop in an incredible speed, and data security experts must be familiar with every change.

Better voting platforms

Software is something dynamic and ever changing. In order to adhere to the most strict security protocols, all government and municipal organizations should make sure they have the most advanced, updated crowd voting platforms.

For example, the new voting systems should require a physical voter-verified paper ballot, without which no voting can take place. Such a non-digital identifier would prevent any access from the virtual world, without damaging the rest of the digital process.

Rigorous statistical audits

Based on the above-mentioned voter-verified ballots, in order to verify that results are indeed trustworthy, one must compare random samples prior to any final results publication.

The audits must take into account a large statistical sample, enough to make sure detection and correction any incorrect voting results. A 0.5% sample would be enough to make sure election integrity. All data, tests and results should then go on public record, accessible to any scrutiny necessary.

In the U.S. alone, replacing current voting machines should cost between $130 million to $400 million, while performing statistical audits will amount to $20 million a year. A drop in the sea compared to the U.S. $640 billion defense budget request.

Kenya in Africa have also lately deployed several new technologies and methods, in the sole purpose of preventing election fraud. One of those means is an advanced biometric voter registration process, which will eliminate any duplicate or "ghost" voters.

Taking into account Comey's previous assessment that foreign agents are "coming after America", it would be wise to upgrade anything election-related - from voter identification to security audits - nothing is more important to help raise the people’s trust in the institution of elections.

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