Government watchdog says Internet too insecure for online voting for military personnel

01/23/2013 10:47 AM

The proposal to allow overseas military personnel the chance to cast their ballots through the Internet has attracted bi-partisan support in Frankfort but has drawn opposition from a government watchdog who says it could compromise the election’s security.

Richard Beliles, chairman of Common Cause of Kentucky, sent a letter to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and legislative leaders this week urging them to reconsider the proposal to allow Kentucky voters stationed abroad for military service to cast their ballots via email instead of snail mail.

Beliles pointed to research conducted in 2004 saying voting via the Internet is too insecure.

Lynn Zellen, the secretary of state’s communications director, told Pure Politics that a bill has not yet been fully drafted, making it difficult to comment directly on security provisions. Zellen did say that the secretary of state’s office is “confident any law would ensure the security and integrity of the voting process.”

Zellen said that 24 states currently allow ballots to be filed over the Internet, and they were unaware of any problems in those states.

Grimes, who called for the bill after a trip overseas visiting troops, will present a featured keynote address this week regarding military voting at the Overseas Vote Foundation and United States Vote Foundation’s 7th Annual Summit at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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