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Requesting ballots by email is safe, cybersecurity experts say

Requesting ballots by email is safe, cybersecurity experts say
In a filing late Monday, eight experts in computer information and engineering joined the American Civil Liberties Union and the Brennan Center for Justice in asking a state appellate court to allow the ballot applications to be accepted by electronic means.

p until MON 9:34 AM CDT, Brazoria County, Fort Bend County, Wharton County COLUMBUS, Ohio - A group of leading cybersecurity experts told an Ohio court that absentee ballot applications can be safely transmitted using email, countering the secretary of state's assertions that the practice would open up voting in the presidential battleground to outside interference.In a filing late Monday, eight experts in computer information and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgetown, Princeton and other universities joined the American Civil Liberties Union and the Brennan Center for Justice in asking a state appellate court to allow the ballot applications to be accepted by electronic means.” Republican candidate Frank LaRose gives his victory speech after winning Ohio Secretary of State on November 6, 2018 RELATED: Mail-in and absentee ballots: How to ensure yours is properly filled out and doesn’t get rejected Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Stephen McIntosh’s decision granted the Ohio Democratic Party’s motion seeking to block a directive by LaRose prohibiting submission of absentee ballot applications by electronic means, including email or fax.” Despite strong lobbying by LaRose, Ohio still lacks an online ballot request system, opting instead to mail paper absentee ballot applications to every registered voter.

18, Ohio's 88 county boards of elections had received 1,784,004 absentee ballot applications, LaRose reported Tuesday.“The statute contains no language prohibiting the submission of absentee ballot requests in this manner or even specifying a manner for delivery" to the county election board, its attorneys argued.

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