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electionlineWeekly — October 5, 2017

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 VI. Tech Thursday

Federal Tech: U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) has written a letter to the CEOs of the nation’s top six voting machine manufacturers seeking to find out how well the companies protect themselves from cyberattacks. “Ensuring that Americans can trust that election systems and infrastructure are secure is necessary to protecting confidence in our electoral process and democratic government,” Wyden wrote in his letter according to The Washington Post. Wyden asks the companies to detail their internal security protocols, including whether they test their systems against penetration attempts by outside experts and if they follow federal best practices.

Florida: On October 1, Florida became the 35th state to give residents the option to register online to vote. The system went live more than two years after it was approved by the Legislature.