WICHITA FALLS – Texas is amongst the 14 of 50 states that received a grade ‘D’ on election security.
The Center for American Progress’ recent survey also found electronic machines are vulnerable to hacking. Wichita County Clerk, Lori Bohannon said that is not the case here.
“There’s no way to get into it,” she said.
Bohannon added that only a select few people even have access to the electronic voting machines. “Our machines are secure, you have to have passwords to get into anything, they’re not hooked up to the internet, so I don’t know how anybody can hack into them. We do the programming here in-house.”
Wichita County Judge, Woody Gossom agreed. He told us although the voting machines come from the state capital, all vote tallying takes place in the county. “Even when everybody brings in the equipment the night of the election and they come in, it’s hooked up internally inside the courthouse to download its information.”
He said however, the electronic machines are not hooked up to the internet.
Bohannon added, “It’s against Texas law for the voting equipment to be connected to the internet. The only thing that is connected to the internet is our electronic poll books.”
Judge Gossom said, “Those are connected so that we can one, try to track and be sure someone doesn’t try to vote here and go vote there, that’s why that’s that system.”
County leaders say they are on top of every ballot, regardless of how its cast, because every vote counts!