Secretary of State John Gale assured Nebraskans on Wednesday that the state’s election system is “very safe and secure” from outside manipulation. “I believe we have taken every step that is appropriate at this point to ensure that all aspects of the election system are protected at the highest level possible,” Gale said in a statement issued from his office. Gale’s assurance comes on the heels of attempted hacking of various election sites around the country as well as the breach at the Democratic National Committee that has resulted in the public release of private communications. U.S. intelligence officials have pointed the finger at Russia in identifying attempts to interfere in the U.S. election process.
… “Election security has been a high priority of our office in the past as well as the present,” Gale said. “Casting and tabulating of ballots are not Internet-connected.”
All tabulation equipment is tested for accuracy in each county prior to the election and will be audited after the election, Gale said.
Official ballot counts are not transmitted over the Internet or through any wireless communication. Official certification of the election by the Board of State Canvassers will be based upon the tabulated paper ballots from each county, the secretary of state said.