Hoke Quoted in Courier-Journal Regarding Potential Vulnerabilities in Electronic Voting

C|M|LAW Professor Candice Hoke was quoted in a Courier-Journal article, Kentucky Democrats say online voting will be more secure than Florida’s vulnerable system, by Joseph Gerth.  In reaction to Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ assertion that the exposed vulnerability of Florida’s electronic absentee ballot request system is not applicable to Kentucky’s electronic voting plans, Hoke said “[n]ot only are we dealing with a high-risk situation, we’re also dealing with state and local offices that are not equipped to deal with any kind of cyber defense.”  According to Grimes, Kentucky’s system incorporates multilevel security measures to ensure votes aren’t tampered with, whereas the Florida ballot request system, for which a vulnerability was exposed, did not even require the use of passwords or specific log-ins.  Grimes accused the Verified Voting Foundation, for which Hoke serves as an advisor  of “stirring up fear about electronic voting and using the Florida case to raise concerns about unrelated systems,” like that being considered in Kentucky.

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