Vote-by-mail system reduces chance of elections hack

Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall says Oregon doesn't have to worry about a hack

Drivers line up to drop off ballots outside Multnomah County election headquarters. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — There are just 31 days left before the presidential election and counties in Oregon are getting ready to receive voter ballots.

A small but determined group of city officials and other concerned voters listened to presentations about possible flaws in United States voting systems. CBS News recently reported that in several states, hackers were able to access state election databases.

“It’s a little unnerving and I’m glad we don’t have to worry about that,” said elected Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall.

Hall says Oregon doesn’t have to worry about that kind of hacking.

“Our system is totally standalone within the room and our officer where it’s located,” Hall said. “There’s no networking to the outside.”

Hall spoke at an election observation training at a Salem hotel Saturday to explain why Clackamas County uses a digital voting system. The event was hosted by Oregonians for Free and Fair Elections.

She says the Hart System is faster, easier and less likely to have mistakes than a person counting ballots.

With the recent hacks on the Democratic National Convention emails and possible intrusions in other states, there is a growing fear over a 2016 elections hack.

CBS News says some experts say the ultimate goal of the hackers is not necessarily to change the outcome of the election, but to de-legitimize it by sowing doubt.