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The Washington Post

The Cybersecurity 202: Here’s an early look at how states are spending federal election security cash

“Nearly four months have passed since Congress set aside $380 million for states to upgrade their election systems, and we’re just now seeing concrete details about how states plan to spend that money. California will immediately make more than $3 million available to county officials to help them protect voter rolls from cyberthreats and improve accessibility at polling places, according to figures provided to The Cybersecurity 202. And Hawaii will spend more than $400,000 ahead of the November midterms to upgrade computers, hire staff and conduct cybersecurity training, the secretary of state’s office says. “

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The Mercury News

Editorial: Padilla deserves another term as Secretary of State

He has arguably been California’s best secretary of state since Jerry Brown held the office from 1971-74. When Padilla took office, 17 million of the 24.3 million eligible Californians were registered to vote. That number is expected to grow to close to 20 million by the November election, thanks largely to legislation Padilla sponsored that automatically registers voters when they renew their driver’s licenses. Padilla has championed Californians’ right to vote and offered substantial improvements in the state’s election system. He deserves re-election.

San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: Chronicle Recommends: Alex Padilla for Secretary of State

As California political offices go, secretary of state is unglamorous enough that Alex Padilla was suspected of seeking it mainly to bide his time until he could run for something more prominent. Four years later, when Padilla is not explaining how he plans to prevent a foreign attack on the next election, the president of the United States is falsely accusing him of allowing 3 million illegal votes in the last one.

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San Francisco Chronicle

New voting process to make its mark in some Bay Area counties in June

Sometime next week, every voter in San Mateo and Napa counties will get a June primary ballot in the mail, whether they asked for it or not. And don’t even think about going to your local polling place on election day. It won’t be there. The two Bay Area counties are among five in the state taking the first steps to implement the Voters Choice Act, a law passed in 2016 that will dramatically change the way Californians cast ballots. Almost every other county is expected to join them in 2020.

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