The Linn County election commissioner has retained a Corridor-based cybersecurity firm to review the county’s voter registration and election system. Linn County Auditor Joel Miller said the review of the system by ProCircular will support the countywide school board elections Sept. 12. “This is a continuation of our efforts to improve the integrity of the voting process to ensure that our systems and records are secure, and that every vote is accurately counted,” Miller said. He also cited a “sense of urgency” because of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s recent declaration that voting systems are considered “critical infrastructure.”
Miller recently attended breakout sessions on security at an Election Center convention that caused him to conduct a self-audit.
“But certainly the voter data incident caused me to think about other areas of risk/vulnerability,” Miller said.
The last four digits of about 216,000 Linn County voters’ Social Security numbers were accidentally released in early August. The auditor’s staff was filling a standing request for weekly updates of voter registration information, which, other than the Social Security numbers, is public information.