VI. Tech Thursday
Pennsylvania: According to Secretary of State Pedro Cortes, 100,000 more people used the state’s online voter registration system than applied for registration through traditional paper methods through the end of 2016. Overall the online system has registered more than 950,000 people since its launch in August 2015.
South Carolina: According to a report, hackers tried to infiltrate the state’s voter registration system nearly 150,000 times on Election Day in 2016. The report did not find that any of the attempted breaches were successful and most of the hacking attempts came from automated bots. The South Carolina State Election Commission is pushing back against the report. “We can’t assign motives to any of them, whether benign or bad or whether someone tried to hack the system,” Chris Whitmire, a spokesman for the commission told WSPA. “I’m not saying that they could have been that, we just can’t say any of them were.”