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Election Process Protection - Voting Center Vulnerability: Systems Strategies and Forecasts, Worldwide - 2017-2023

/EIN News/ -- Dublin, June 26, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of Wintergreen Research, Inc's new report "Election Process Protection - Voting Center Vulnerability: Systems Strategies and Forecasts, Worldwide - 2017-2023" to their offering.

Political campaigning accounting for billions of dollars in spending, and domination of the news cycle (as James Michael Curley said so famously, Just spell my name right) get all the headlines. But what really matters in the end for the democratic process is the mechanics of running the election. We need a process that cannot be subverted. Countries, nations, states, regions, and counties need a process that counts the votes accurately and lets all qualified people vote.

Democracies need a vote counting process that makes all fraud detectable immediately as the votes are being counted, there needs to be protections built in so that all observers, including the independent media have instant confidence in the integrity of the election process.

Russian efforts to hack voting systems in the United States have been well publicized. What has been less apparent is the inherent vulnerabilities of many of the voting systems in the US and elsewhere. Prelude to Custom Election Process Research: James B. Comey, former director of the F.B.I. Has indicated that Russian operatives intervened in the 2016 presidential election and that it could happen again. Russian hackers are the best in the world, that is why they are so good at building computer security systems, because they know how to hacek.

Russian hackers breached Democratic email accounts; they orchestrated a hack that targeted thousands of US government state and local databases. Apparently Russian computer hacks harvested emails from the State Department and the White House. They apparently penetrated deep into the computer systems of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Russian effort to manipulate American politics is serious and needs to be addressed by the people responsible for running elections in the US.

Graham Allison, a longtime Russia scholar at Harvard, said, "Russia's cyber intrusion into the recent presidential election signals the beginning of what is almost sure to be an intensified cyberwar in which both they -and we- seek to participate in picking the leaders of an adversary." The difference, he added, is that American elections are generally fair, so "we are much more vulnerable to such manipulation than is Russia," where results are often preordained...

In the intelligence community, James R. Clapper Jr., has sounded the alarm since retiring in January. He was director of national intelligence. "I don't think people have their head around the scope of what the Russians are doing," he said recently. Russia is coming after us, but not just the U.S., but the free world in general. In order to take this threat to our national existence, election officials need to take this seriously.

Each locality, be it a country, a state, a region, a city or county has different election systems that are responsive to the local conditions. This is as it should be. Elections are inherently local. The best protections for accuracy and reliability of the voting systems come from local involvement in the process, in the registration process and the vote counting process. The local people are the best independent observers.

The security of the systems needs to be reflective of the inherent transparency that is achieved when watchers from opposing parties are able to watch the process in depth. No part of the process should be secret. When the author of this study, as a consultant, worked set up the State Board of Elections in Illinois, the most effective systems initiated were those that made the process transparent to representatives of both parties. The JFK Kennedy election had been stolen and JFK himself was appalled by the illegality of the election and put in process ways to correct the election process to prevent the stealing elections.

More needs to be done now. More can be done than has been done to prevent Russian efforts to hack voting systems in the United States and other places. This study represents a step, a guidepost if you will, to preventing hacking and to setting up systems that are secure.

According to the lead author of the team that prepares the study, Growing accountability of the election process needs to happen to protect a democracy. Election computer systems present great vulnerability and need to be designed in a manner that protects the integrity of the vote registration and the voting counting process. Administrators are realizing the benefits as related to the quality of high quality, low cost systems.

The complete report is a customized look at provides a comprehensive analysis of Elections Systems Practice Computer Security threats in different categories, illustrating the diversity of election vulnerability in the software market segments. A complete procedure analysis is done, looking at procedures and penetration analysis.

Key Topics:

- Candidate Management
- Claims Adherence
- Computer Assisted Coding CAC
- Computerized Voting System Workflow
- Correct Coding Tools
- Democratic Protections Necessity
- Diagnosis of Security
- Election Hacking
- Election Protection Necessity
- Elections Systems Security
- Electronic Coding for Election Officials
- Electronic Elction Record Systems
- Electronic Vote Coding
- Language and Computing
- Large Group Voter
- Natural Language Coding NLC
- Procedure Coding
- Protctions for Vote Systems Solutions
- Recommendations for Security Protection of Solutions
- Registration Systems
- Rules Based Election Coding
- Russian Hacking
- Technology
- Terminology Supported
- Vote System Coding
- Voting Systems Records
- Voting Systems Standards
- Vulnerability

Companies Mentioned

- Avante International Technology, Inc.
- Clear Ballot Group, Inc.
- Dominion Voting Systems Corp (This company purchased Sequoia Voting Systems)
- Election Systems & Software, Inc (ES&S)
- Everyone Counts, Inc.
- Hart InterCivic, Inc.
- MicroVote General Corp.
- Open Source Digital Voting Foundation
- Precise Voting, LLC
- Premier Election Solutions, Inc.
- Sequoia Voting Systems
- Smartmatic USA Corporation
- SOE Software, a Scytl Company
- TruVote International
- Unisyn Voting Solutions

For more information about this report visit

Source: Wintergreen Research, Inc

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