Hawaii Office of Elections says no hackers will tamper votes

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The state says Hawaii’s election system is secure.

The Office of Elections says they’re ready for the voting to begin. They’ve set up tests for the ballot systems and are working with the office of enterprise services to make sure the ballot process goes smoothly.

They have already completed tests for written and electronic ballots. All that’s left will be testing absentee mail ballots this weekend.

They say hacking would be impossible due to their current systems of counting votes.

“The voting system is not connected to the internet,” said Scott Nago, Chief officer of the Office of Elections. “There’s no Wi-Fi access. Everything is stored on memory card. Everything is locked down and sealed prior to the election it’s tested. Nothing is transmitted through wireless over the Internet.”

This year the U.S. government has also put aside about 3.1 million dollars for Hawaii to boost ballot security.

“What we’re gonna do with that money is… It’s going to allow us to buy security feature so that we can stay up-to-date with any kind of new threats that may appear, whether it’s blank software buying expertise flying hiring contracts to better monitor the system,” said Nago. 

The Office of Enterprise technology Services who handles cyber security protections for the Office of Elections said in a statement: 

“…multiple layers of security protection around the elections infrastructure keep our voter registration and result posting systems safe.”

To see the full plan of how the Office of Elections will be using the 2018 HAVA Election Security Grant, you can click here.

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