Monday, November 5, 2018

In the News: "The average voter shouldn’t be too concerned about foreign interference in elections"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Americans are now voting in the first major election since Russians launched a broad assault on the 2016 presidential campaign. 
And while election officials and security experts remain vigilant through Election Day, voters have a critical role in the fight to keep elections safe and accessible. 
The average voter shouldn’t be too concerned about foreign interference in elections, said Maurice Turner, a senior technologist at the nonprofit Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington, D.C. But, he said, that doesn’t mean she should be passive about secure elections. 
By understanding the system, its flaws and what needs changing, voters can call for accountability from election officials and state policymakers.

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The article doesn't get into specifics for MA or for Franklin. We do use paper ballots and the machines that tally each precinct total are not online or susceptible to hacking. The entire voter registration system for MA was built on a private network also reducing chances for hacking externally.

The Franklin Town Clerk has a well documented and executed plan for tallying the vote. She has police assistance at all times. Anyone who has voted at the high school should recall the police on duty.

As voters, we need to worry about how we are going to cast our ballot and not worry that it won't be counted.

The Franklin Town Clerk page with additional information

Additional info can be found in the 2018 Election Collection

Election Information for Nov 2018
Election Information for Nov 2018

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