“Cybertraining Election Officials For This Year’s Voting”

The great Pam Fessler reports for NPR (before she goes on a year-long book leave):

It was clear that many of those gathering in Orlando already have protections in place and are well aware of the risks. But some county election offices are extremely small, with no IT staff of their own. Dana Southerland runs elections in Taylor County, which has only 13,000 voters. She said she picked up some useful tips, such as changing passwords and being careful about opening e-mails.

“Making sure that it’s not a phishing e-mail or something like that. I had no idea what that was until we started having some of these workshops,” she said.

Southerland — who is also President of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections and helped organize the session — said perhaps the most important message is that no one is immune from attack, and they have to be prepared.


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