Broome County in upstate New York is three hours from the nearest major city. It’s not one of the densely populated urban areas that news networks watch closely on election night. But when it comes to voting, Broome County is like every other place in America: It takes election security very seriously.
Security processes vary from voting district to voting district. Broome County’s process involves representatives from both major political parties inspecting every ballot machine and seeing the ballots placed in them, then sealed memory cards from each machine being transported by the sheriff’s office to a computer that has never been connected to any network, much less the internet.
Although eyes around the world are watching the U.S. presidential race, these measures are taken just as much for Broome County’s local races, which voters will decide on the same visit to the polls. “Many of the races at the local level are decided by, like, one or two votes,” said a representative from the Broome County Board of Elections.
Whether it’s a vote for the next representative to the Broome County Legislature or the next occupant of the White House, election security is a top priority for local, state and federal government throughout the U.S.