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Report: Election Experts Call for US Voting System Security Funding Boost

Some election experts have urged Congress to give states additional funds to secure voting machines against state-sponsored hackers, USA Today reported.

Matthew Blaze, an associate professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania, told a House committee during a Nov. 29 hearing that successful breaches of electronic voting systems “might leave behind little or no forensic evidence.”

Blaze added that the lack of evidence could make it impossible to determine actual election results or detect that an attack has occurred.

Edgardo Cortes, commissioner of Virginia’s Elections Department, called on lawmakers to mandate certification of all voting systems used in federal elections to establish a security baseline that all states must comply with.

Cortes also asked Congress to develop an accreditation system for training state election administrators to ensure that they have skills and knowledge necessary to facilitate a secure election.

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