Why Voting Tech Advisory is weakened by Cyber Security Agency

A leading cybersecurity agency has released an official advisory on voting machine vulnerabilities in Georgia. The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency or CISA has quenched the advisory released by the cybersecurity agency and detected distinct susceptibilities in Dominion Voting Systems’ ImageCast X touchscreen voting machines. The touch screen voting machines usually produce a paper ballot or record votes electronically into the system. However, the agency has stated that even though there is the presence of vulnerabilities, they will have no effect on the electoral process.

The machines are used by some voters in 16 states, but in special cases where people are not physically fit to fill the ballot papers. Although in some places including Georgia, people have to use those affected machines to cast their votes.

Dominion has defended with a claim that the machines used in Georgia print ballots with QR codes and the voters use a scanning device to read the barcodes before voting. There should not be any chance of exploiting the electoral process since the voters can scan and read to cast their votes. However, the agency claimed that there is a high chance of QR codes being manipulated.

Since the claim, there are several recommendations for using the full-face ballots which is a hand-marked paper ballot, then the summary ballots with barcodes.

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