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Natl Governors Association Leaders Back Electoral Process & Security

SecurityLockNational Governors Association Chairman Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and Vice Chair Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) have issued a joint statement to show their confidence in the security of state- and local-level election systems.

The governors said Friday that the NGA collaborates with state officials, election administrators and cybersecurity professionals to protect the electoral process from disruption and compromise.

“Those partnerships and our close study of any potential problems have reinforced our certainty that this election will fully and accurately reflect the choices voters make,” the governors added.

NGA convened state, federal and private sector experts nationwide to discuss the privacy of voter data and the integrity of computer-based voting system during a cybersecurity summit in Boston.

The summit led to a conclusion that the U.S.’ voting system is decentralized and that potential vulnerabilities are known to election officials, McAuliffe and Sandoval noted.

NGA also issued a summary of security measures that recommend a backup for registration data and electronic poll books in the form of paper copies and compact discs.

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