Even if the audit found significant errors as a result of malfunction or hacking, if the election’s margin of victory was greater than 1%, then by state law — changed after the 2016 statewide recount triggered by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein — a recount would not be allowed.

Long-time Wisconsin resident and election reformer Jim Mueller said when he was a municipal clerk two decades ago, elections were not a stressful part of small town administration.

Becker does not think the state needs to use risk-limiting audits specifically; any audit that is statistically robust would work.

“I think this is a good start but much more needs to be done,” McDonell wrote in an email to Wisconsin Watch.
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Federal guidelines back this up, saying that many audit designs would be satisfactory, so long as they fulfill the basic requirement of statistically proving that the election results were correct. “Overall we are in a much better place than four years ago.”, Voting machines fall short of national standards. He calls that a “dangerous situation.”, “That should set off the red lights and strobes, alarm bells sounding, you know?

Photo taken July 13, 2018. Most counties are using or plan to use newly available federal funds to help them detect hacking and malware.

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Town Clerk Joanne Ruechel sent out 1,348 absentee ballots ahead of the election. McKim fears hackers will meet one of their chief goals — causing chaos, as intelligence officials and experts have recently warned.

In response to questions from Wisconsin Watch while reporting this story, the state Elections Commission  changed language on its website to clarify that the voting machines equipped with modems have not received federal certification.
McKim has advocated for the statewide use of risk-limiting audits — a kind of audit that hand counts an increasing number of randomly-selected ballots until the election results have been statistically verified. Until 2016, Wisconsin state law required that every voting machine in the state comply with federal guidelines. Commission staff also noted the practical difficulties of coordinating such a statewide audit due to the number of different voting systems used across the state.

Empire State Producers Expo; Hard Hat Expo; Keystone Farm Show; Virginia Farm Show; Empire Farm Days; Country Folks Online. The offices also provide municipal clerks in more rural and less resource-rich counties with technical support for voter registration and absentee voting. The Elections Commission, a bipartisan committee tasked with administering the state’s elections, says the state’s election infrastructure is secure. In September 2018, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin also called for the state to adopt risk-limiting audits, following the Center for American Progress’ negative report.

Despite recent significant upgrades, questions remain about the effectiveness of Wisconsin’s post-election audits and the security of some voting machines.

Across the country, since computer experts first warned about security problems with voting machines, manufacturers and election officials have denied that the machines can be hacked. Additionally, all of the system’s 3,000 users must use multi-factor authentication. “I think this is a good start but much more needs to be done,” McDonell wrote in an email to Wisconsin Watch. But he said such attacks can be thwarted by unplugging modems from the machines until after official results are printed and frequently wiping the computers used to process the official results. If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment. At the beginning of September, the commission published a detailed report describing how the state has prepared for the Nov. 3 election, including a “candlelight” contingency plan on how to continue without some of the technical services it normally relies on. McKim calls this a major vulnerability.

Top U.S. security officials warn that foreign actors continue their efforts to tamper with the 2020 presidential election, although there is no evidence that voter registrations or vote totals have ever been altered. As of July 30, a total of 59 of the state’s 72 counties had applied for funding, and by late August, most had received it, Magney said.

According to the Elections Commission, WisVote is now encrypted both on the state’s servers and between the servers and users, who are primarily election clerks and their employees. Pressure has mounted against Election Systems & Software to stop falsely advertising that its modemed machines have been certified by the federal elections agency.

— Most counties are using or plan to use newly available federal funds to help them detect hacking and malware. And we got a good, clean bill of health,” Elections Commission spokesman Reid Magney said. State law requires the Elections Commission to audit each voting system in the state to determine the error rate in each system’s counting.

Magney said all of those systems had “industry-standard firewall protection,” and none of them was breached. All works created, published, posted or disseminated by the Center do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of UW-Madison or any of its affiliates.

On June 10, commissioners approved a new federally funded program for counties to conduct security assessments or to purchase intrusion detection systems. This followed up on the Senate’s Russian interference investigation that recommended that states should stop buying voting machines that have a wireless networking capability.

In light of the threat posed by internet connectivity, momentum has been building among policy makers to require that voting machines be physically separated from any internet-capable devices. In 1999, when Mueller himself became clerk of the town of Middleton near Madison, he expected elections to be  straightforward. Long-time Wisconsin resident and election reformer Jim Mueller said when he was a municipal clerk two decades ago, elections were not a stressful part of small town administration. In September 2018, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin also called for the state to adopt risk-limiting audits, following the Center for American Progress’ negative report.

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The voting machine industry has been frequently criticized for a lack of oversight and transparency, despite the central role these machines play in our electoral process.

The company sent that letter to DS200 clients in Wisconsin and elsewhere after the federal elections agency threatened to publicly disclose the lack of certification and possibly suspend ES&S’s manufacturer registration.

The company sent that letter to DS200 clients in Wisconsin and elsewhere after the federal elections agency threatened to publicly disclose the lack of certification and possibly suspend ES&S’s manufacturer registration. Today, in addition to the influence campaigns now attempting to undermine our faith in the electoral process, election infrastructure is being targeted by hackers, including the systems used to register voters and count ballots. Machines used to tabulate ballots from about 1 million voters in Wisconsin contain modems that, unless properly managed, could make them vulnerable to attack.

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