Election poll site manager explains US election systems (Restore it All Podcast #78)

In a departure from our normal coverage, I decided to bring on Mark Thompson, who was the Site Manager for the election polling site I volunteered at last week. He gives us insight into how elections are managed in the US, and what we do to prevent fraud and ensure the overall integrity of the system. We talk about the technology used on the front end of the polling process, which in San Diego county including Electronic Poll Books (EPBs) and Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs). We then also talk briefly about the checks and balances in the actual counting process. Although this is a departure from our normal fare, I think a lot of people will benefit from the info we discuss.

Also, I also posted a blog post about this topic here: http://www.backupcentral.com/why-its-really-hard-to-rig-a-national-election/

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Evangelist at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.