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Voting Security Expert: Arizona's Election System Still Vulnerable

Published: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 1:30pm
Jude Joffe-Block/KJZZ

After Arizona’s chief elections official reassured residents that the state’s voting system is safe from hackers, an elections security expert is taking issue with some of those claims.

Last week, Secretary of State Michele Reagan claimed that Arizona’s votes can’t be intercepted.

“None of these machines that people vote on are connected to the internet, so that usually provides a level of comfort to people,” Reagan said.

But that doesn't bring much comfort to Jacob Stauffer, director of operations at Texas-based Coherent Cyber, which helps states protect their elections systems.

“There have been secretaries of state and vendors that have said that their systems are unhackable," he said. "And we have shown in the past that is absolutely not the case.”

Stauffer said remote access software and modems used to tally final results could still make election systems vulnerable.

“Until you have verified and tested these systems, you cannot make those claims,” Stauffer said.

In 2016, Arizona’s voter registration database was one of the first systems targeted by what were believed to be Russian hackers.