Arkansas and Texas receive poor grades in election security


Officials in Miller and Bowie Counties react to a recent study by Center for American Progress that finds most states remain vulnerable to hacking or systematic failure. 

Center for American Progress assigns grades to each state based on their election security.
The state of Texas receives a D and Arkansas an F.

Chairman of the Miller County Election Commission Brandon Cogburn says their system is not vulnerable to foreign attacks.

He adds, “our voting equipment cannot be hacked from remote sources because it’s not connected to the internet, none of our voting machines are connected to the internet.”

He questions the accuracy of the report stating, “the first sentence says that Arkansas doesn’t have a paper trail. Arkansas law requires a paper trail and when voters vote in Miller County they’re given a piece of paper. They put it into two different machines. They vote on the machine and the other machine counts it and then we keep that paperwork for two years.”

In Bowie County once you vote, print your ballot and review it. It is locked away in one of these secure boxes.

Bowie County Election Administrator George Stegall says,”I would say overall that we’re not vulnerable you know to that type of attack.”

In Texas each county has the option to either an electronic or paper ballot. Bowie County uses paper ballots.

Stegall adds,”If you have a paper trail, in other words a paper ballot of sorts. Then you can always follow that. Okay, no matter what.”

Both election representatives say they follow all state voting requirements.

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