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Alex Padilla for California Secretary of State

As your Secretary of State, I believe it is my duty to defend and expand voting rights because the right to vote defines the American Dream.

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The Hill

Op-ED: Election officials have plenty to learn from hackers

“Every year, DEFCON convenes thousands of hackers who attempt to breach the security of important technologies in an effort to expose vulnerabilities. For the past two years, this has included voting machines in a room dubbed the “Voting Village.” Rather than watch from the sidelines, or read about the findings in the news, I wanted to see for myself. So, I went to DEFCON. I listened, I observed and I had the opportunity to address attendees. “

Axios

Election hackers return to DEF CON as states look to Congress to fund solution

“The hacker conference DEF CON launched its second annual election hacking extravaganza on Friday after last year’s conference led cybersecurity enthusiasts to discover several security flaws in election equipment and are poised to do the same thing again this year. The big picture: One secretary of state argued at the event that the problem may be less about rediscovering how unsecure machines are, and more about getting the funding to do anything about it. What they’re saying: “”We spend $700 billion for defense,”” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla told Axios. “”Last week, the White House said that election security was a national security issue. For less than 1 tenth of 1%, Congress could make a world of difference.”””

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