With voting machine security in the news again recently, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner reminds us Mountain State voters already have reason to be confident voting is secure here — because election officials have been following the protocols that may be lacking elsewhere.
As the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency took a look at security issues with Dominion voting machines, it found nine “separate and distinct security vulnerabilities identified in electronic voting machines used in 16 states, manufactured by Dominion Voting Systems,” according to Warner’s office. (It’s important to understand the existence of vulnerabilities is NOT the same as a claim that those vulnerabilities were exploited).
Upon completing its investigation, however, CISA issued recommendations including strong chain-of-custody protocols, tabulation audits, and pre/post-election testing. Those things are already happening here.
“The ballot marking devices create a paper ballot to be verified by the voter for each and every vote cast in person,” Warner said. “These paper ballots are critical for ensuring the integrity of West Virginia’s elections by providing the means to conduct hand-count audits in every county to confirm votes all the way down to the precinct level.”
In fact, his office has been out front on many election accessibility and security issues, and during the 2022 Primary Election, the state introduced “end-to-end voting verification,” which helped eliminate barriers to voting while providing election security.
Here in the Mountain State, we have little reason to worry about our elections, as Warner’s office has been vigilant in seeking ways to make sure every West Virginian is able to exercise his or her privilege to vote; and that they can do so with the assurance that those votes are secure.
“Confidence in West Virginia elections by West Virginia voters has never been higher,” Warner said. “By working closely with legislative leaders from both parties and with all 55 county clerks we have put West Virginia into the top 10 states in voter confidence throughout the U.S.”
Isn’t it good to know, that at least when it comes to our elections, we are ahead of the game, and other states are working to catch up?