Voting Technology and Security

May 11, 2016

An Estero man was arrested last week on three counts of unauthorized access of a computer system.  David Levin is accused of hacking both the Lee County and Florida Division of Elections websites. Levin, along with Dan Sinclair, who is running against incumbent Lee County Elections Supervisor Sharon Harrington, made a video detailing how Levin accessed the website.  The Florida Department of State said in a statement that the state’s voter registration system was not accessed and is secure. 

Even so, the incident raises concerns about the security of voter information.  In the past six months, data on hundreds of millions of voters in the U.S., Mexico, Turkey and the Philippines has been found online in unprotected form, sometimes by security researchers and sometimes by hackers.  We’ll explore the growing push toward electronic balloting in the U.S. and the potential for electronic voter fraud and other election tampering.  We’ll also take a look at concerns over Florida’s aging voting machines that are largely in use today.

Guests:

Joseph Kiniry, CEO and Chief Scientist at Free & Fair

Ion Sancho, Leon County Supervisor of Elections

Pamela Smith, President of Verified Voting