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As States Warm to Online Voting, Experts Warn of Trouble Ahead

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during the Ronald Reagan Dinner at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. on Friday, March 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during the Ronald Reagan Dinner at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md. on Friday, March 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

 

 (McClatchy) — A Pentagon official sat before a committee of the Washington State Legislature in January and declared that the U.S. military supported a bill that would allow voters in the state to cast election ballots via email or fax without having to certify their identities.

Military liaison Mark San Souci’s brief testimony was stunning because it directly contradicted the Pentagon’s previously stated position on online voting:

It’s against it.

Along with Congress, the Defense Department has heeded warnings over the past decade from cybersecurity experts that no Internet voting system can effectively block hackers from tampering with election results.

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