Colorado election officials say system is strong from a cyberattack

CO election system is secure says official
Posted at 10:28 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 00:49:16-04

DENVER -- Despite fears of an international effort to thwart the 2016 election, Colorado’s election chief is standing by the state’s system to prevent an election day cyberattack -- some already coming far from Colorado. 

"They're being initiated by people in foreign countries, people domestically, they're just trying to get into big data bases,” said director of elections Judd Choate.

The state's confidence comes from its multi-pronged approach. Machines are checked well before the election and sealed from use before election day. Testing takes place throughout the voting process.

Votes are also double-checked after the polls close.

Finally, nothing is entirely electronic.

State law requires all Colorado equipment to leave a print out of votes.

"I believe the biggest problem that we face right now is the feeling that people have that there's a potential vulnerability,” said Choate.


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