Tuesday, November 6, 2018

In the News: vaping in MA schools; Georgia's election security troubles

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"It’s no small secret vaping happens at a school near you. 
In 2015, nearly 50 percent of Massachusetts high-school students and nearly 10 percent of middle-school students reported having used some type of electronic-vapor product. And inhaling vaporized liquid through an electronic, battery-powered device has only become more prevalent, especially with the surging popularity of the brand name JUUL, raising serious health concerns. 
“The popularity of JUUL among kids threatens our progress in reducing youth e-cigarette use,” said Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We are alarmed that these new high-nicotine-content e-cigarettes, marketed and sold in kid-friendly flavors, are so appealing to our nation’s young people.” 
Despite its widespread popularity, however, there remains a lot of confusion related to vaping, which has surpassed cigarette use among middle- and high-school students."
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"The hacking accusation is not the first from Kemp accusing outsiders of trying to penetrate his office. Immediately after the 2016 general election, Kemp declared that DHS tried to hack his office’s network, an accusation dismissed as unfounded in mid-2017 by the DHS inspector general. 
Georgia’s centrally managed elections system lacks a verifiable paper trail that can be audited in case of problems. The state is one of just five nationwide that continues to rely exclusively on aged electronic voting machines that computer scientists have long criticized as untrustworthy because they are easily hacked and don’t leave a paper trail. 
In 2015, Kemp’s office inadvertently released the Social Security numbers and other identifying information of millions of Georgia voters. His office blamed a clerical error. 
His office made headlines again last year after security experts disclosed a gaping security hole that wasn’t fixed until six months after it was first reported to election authorities. Personal data was again exposed for Georgia voters — 6.7 million at the time — as were passwords used by county officials to access files."

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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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