New Jersey has some of the weakest election security in the country, according to a congressional report that placed the blame on former Gov. Chris Christie. New Jersey was named one of the five most vulnerable states to hacking in the report by the Democratic members of the House Administration Committee. The report said New Jersey’s voting machines do not have a paper record, making it “nearly impossible” to tell if they had been hacked and vote tallied changed. It said the state has requested funds from the federal Election Assistance Commission to improve security, and is considering legislation to require a paper trail for all voting machines. The other states with the worst security were Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina. In all, 18 states were vulnerable to hacking, the report said.
New Jersey has received $9.7 million in federal funds to improve election security, said Tim Carroll, a spokesman for the state Department of State.
“In partnership with New Jersey’s counties and municipalities, the state is engaging in several active measures to maintain and improve the security of our electoral system,” Carroll said. “The Division of Elections and the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, among other state agencies, are currently taking steps to address cybersecurity, database upgrades, and procedural integrity.”
The report singled out Christie, saying he “failed to prioritize election security, instead focusing on the myth of voter fraud and vetoing a bipartisan bill in New Jersey on automatic voter registration.”