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Coalition Supports Improvements for Troop Voting; Rejects Risky Internet Ballot Proposals

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Dr. Barbara Simons, a computer scientist and member of the Board of

Advisors of the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission, expressed

concern about the proposed legislation. "We must ensure that we have

established strong cybersecurity criteria before we experiment with

transmitting voted ballots through cyberspace. The reality is that any

system using current technology that allows voted ballots to be

returned over the internet, including via email, can be hacked by

other countries, as well as by criminals and political operatives."

To date, Washington State has one of the strongest voting systems in

the country for military and overseas voters with 76% participation

and over 99% of the ballots successfully counted. We encourage

legislators to continue moving this legacy forward by increasing

accessibility, while maintaining security.

Military and overseas voters should be offered the same reverence and

assurances as those who are voting within the country. We urge

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