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Report: Louisiana among most vulnerable to voting problems

3 years ago July 25, 2012 Jul 25, 2012 Wednesday, July 25 2012 Wednesday, July 25, 2012 12:53:39 PM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A new report lists Louisiana among six states ranked as least-prepared to deal with voting problems.

The report from Common Cause, Rutgers Law School and the Verified Voting Foundation found Louisiana, along with Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Mississippi and South Carolina, had several defficiencies in voting preparedness.

It ranked Louisiana's overall preparedness as "Inadequate", and had the same ranking or "Needs Improvement" in almost all the other categories.  The state was ranked "Generally Good" in making sure no ballots were lost or added in the tabulation process.

The report also found 24 states are using voting systems for overseas and military voters that could be vulnerable to hackers, including Louisiana.  They allow overseas voters to return their ballots using the Internet, email or fax, which could fall victim to cyberattacks.

The report also shows that polling places in 16 states use paperless machines, so there's no paper record in case of a recount. Other states don't have proper backup plans or audit procedures in place.

Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Vermont and Wisconsin were ranked as best prepared.

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