Voter Websites In California And Florida Could Be Vulnerable To Hacks, Report Finds

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Back in July, two cybersecurity firms sent the Department of Homeland Security a troubling report that described a possible vulnerability in the online voter registration systems in dozens of counties in California and Florida.

The report, obtained by NPR, warned that flaws that might have allowed hackers to change a handful of voter registration files four years ago are still likely to exist in some places, and could be used again.

A spokesperson for DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA, called the report “questionable” and “unverified,” and said the department “takes vulnerability reporting and remediation seriously.”

The report comes, however, as Director of National Intelligence John Radcliffe announced Wednesday that Russian and Iranian hackers had used some voter registration information in a bid to send misinformation to voters and sow discord ahead of the election. It is unclear if the voter registration websites the report identified as vulnerable

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Voter guide has information on Whatcom election candidates

No long lines for Washington voters. Your ballot arrived by mail and, while you have until election day to vote, if you’re ready to vote now, The Bellingham Herald’s 2020 Voter Guide can help inform you about local and state candidates and measures.

First, your deadlines.

Ballots were mailed Oct. 16 but it make take several days to reach you. You have until Wednesday, Oct. 21, to contact the auditor at 360-778-5100 or to get a replacement ballot.

If you’re unsure about your registration status, you can check on it by visiting the Washington Secretary of State’s website.

You have until Monday, Oct. 26, to register to vote or change your address online or by mail.

You can still register in person at the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office, 311 Grand Ave., from Tuesday, Oct. 27, until polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. Face coverings and social distancing

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Wisconsin online, mail-in voter registration deadline arrives; other options available

Monday marks the deadline for latecomers to join the nearly 130,000 Columbus residents already registered to vote in Georgia’s Nov. 3 General Election.

That means it’s also the last day anyone who may have been dropped from the voter rolls to register again, so those who have not voted in any recent election should check their registration status.

Georgia and the nation are headed toward a historic, hotly contested election that will decide not only who will be president of the United States, but who will represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate, and who will be Muscogee County’s next sheriff, along with other contests.

Voters who are not among the more than 25,000 Columbus residents requesting mail-in absentee ballots will have multiple opportunities to vote in person leading into Election Day, when 25 neighborhood voting precincts will open with special precautions aimed at stemming the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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