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Ohio election officials target election hacking, fraud

System described as 'secure''
Posted at 4:08 PM, Oct 27, 2016

Ohio election officials are targeting concerns over fears involving potential cyber hacking and voter fraud while insisting the state's system is"secure".

In recent months, both the FBI and Homeland Security have raised concerns over potential cyber hacking as voter registration databases in Arizona and Illinois experienced intrusions.

Meanwhile, the presidential race in Ohio remains a toss up and Republican candidate Donald Trump has raised concerns over the potential for voter fraud.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted describes Ohio's election system as being "as secure as it has ever been".

In fact, Husted said his office reached out to both Homeland Security and military cyber security experts to protect against potential cyber threats.

In addition, Husted points out that voting machines are not connected to the internet and are not subject to cyber security threats.

Plus, in Ohio, every ballot cast in Ohio has a paper trail connected to it, including absentee ballots and all machines are audited in advance of an election and after an election to make sure votes are tabulated correctly.

And while Husted concedes some limited cases of voter fraud have happened, he stresses that such cases are "rare, very difficult and fully prosecuted".

In Cuyahoga County where nearly 900,000 have registered to vote--the largest number in Ohio--election officials are also taking steps to guard against fraud and cyber attacks.

Board of Election Director Pat McDonald says "not only our tabulation equipment and software, but also our registration equipment" is being scrutinized by the county's internet security team.