Nov 21, 2019

DHS announces election audits tool

Homeland Security's main cyber division Thursday announced a new tool to help election officials audit voting machines — the first version of which is already deployed in six states.

Why it matters: While a lot of attention gets paid to voting machine security, auditing machines during an election is equally as important: It's the only way to tell whether machines were hacked or malfunctioned.

Details: The tool, which DHS' Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency calls Arlo, simplifies performing the audits' math.

  • Arlo is being developed by VotingWorks, a non-partisan, non-profit voting security engineering group.
  • It integrates with all major vendors of voting machines.

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The sticky web of felon voting laws

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Multiple states have started to rethink voting rights for convicted felons, but the steps toward restoring that privilege aren't always clear.

Driving the news: Florida's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that felons must complete "all terms of their sentence" before regaining their right to vote, including financial obligations such as fines, fees or restitution. The ruling comes after a yearlong battle between lawmakers and advocates over whether discharging financial penalties should be required before the right to vote was restored.

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Kentucky governor restores voting rights for 100,000 nonviolent felons

Gov. Andy Beshear on Nov. 5, just before he was confirmed Kentucky's new governor. Photo: John Sommers II/Getty Images

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) signed an order on Thursday restoring voting rights to more than 100,000 people with nonviolent felony convictions, the Wall Street Journal reports.

By taking this step, by restoring these voting rights, we declare that everyone counts in Kentucky. We all matter."
— Gov. Andy Beshear
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New York Times dropping most social media trackers

The New York Times building. Photo: Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images

The New York Times will no longer use tracking pixels from Facebook and Twitter to track its users' browser history, executives tell Axios.

What's new: The company has created a marketing tool that will allow it to target potential subscribers on platforms like Facebook and Twitter without having to leverage its users' general browsing history.

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