Voting security and hacking American elections

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TALKING POINT
Many American voting systems have gone from paper ballots to voting machines and now to computers, which are vulnerable to hacking. How secure is the franchise? We talk with a local voting official who knows.

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Recent hacking of voting systems in several states — apparently by Russians — has caused doubts about the integrity of democracy in America. Last week, we heard about the growing concerns of federal intelligence agencies. But voting is administered separately in all 50 states — which often have different systems within their own borders. Ion Sancho is Supervisor of Elections in Leon County, Florida, where he was deeply involved in the contested presidential election in the year 2000.

Credits

Guest:
Ion Sancho - Leon County Elections Division

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Sáša Woodruff, Christine Detz, Paul von Zielbauer