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Senator seeks secure systems for voting

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Technology experts and the U.S. Department of Defense have said that the 2020 U.S. election is in grave danger of being targeted by outside forces because of outdated technology. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) said counties, including rural ones, need to make sure their election systems are secure.

One big problem is that many counties across the country rely on a system that depends on a Windows 7 operating system — an operating system that is 10 years old.

“There are thousands of voting systems across the country that are using outdated software,” Wyden said.

Wyden also wants to paper ballots and audits after an election to make sure there was no chance of hacking.

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Oregon) said the federal government needs to help county election officials, because this matters on the national level with large-scale elections like the presidential race.

Walden also said he sees the bigger problem being online manipulation using social media.

Russia and North Korea have been pinpointed as two likely suspects of election hacking in the near future.


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