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State hacks into voting computers

Date: July 03, 2007

In a room so secure that even Secretary of State Debra Bowen can't enter without an escort, a team of state experts is trying to hack into three electronic voting machine systems that will be used in California's first February presidential primary.

The technology professors, computer security experts and computer hackers are trying to prevent any problems similar to those that drew headlines in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004.

"The voters need to feel confident that their votes are being counted," Bowen said.

The voting machines and other equipment are locked in cages when they are not being used. Documents and source codes are locked in special safes at night. The computer experts are monitored by four closed-circuit video cameras.

Despite the high security, the public can view the hacker team through closed-circuit monitors at the secretary of state's office building near the state Capitol.
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