Commissioners: Voting systems in Mifflin, Juniata counties are secure

With the November elections just a few days away, your Mifflin and Juniata county commissioners want to reassure our residents that we have the utmost confidence that our voting systems are secure and that your vote will be properly counted.

A recent nationwide poll showed nearly 80 percent of Americans are at least somewhat concerned that the nation’s voting systems might be vulnerable to hackers. However, Mifflin and Juniata county’s voting machines do not — and cannot — connect to the internet in any way and there is nothing to suggest our machines have ever been compromised. In addition, the final counts are backed up and can be verified with your paper ballots in the event of any challenge or recount.

All of our voting machines are maintained by a strict, documented chain of custody from beginning to end. Before each election, the machines are programmed, tested and sealed, and back-up machines are prepared in case of a malfunction. Each polling location is equipped with an emergency plan and has a scripted procedure to follow in the event it is suspected that a machine has malfunctioned. We will continue to maintain the strictest security standards for our elections to make sure every vote is accurately counted.

These steps are only a few of the security efforts our county is constantly taking to protect the fundamental basis of our democracy — free, fair and accurate elections. If you have questions or would like to learn more about how Mifflin and Juniata counties are working to protect your vote, or if you have any other questions about the upcoming election, please contact our county election offices: Mifflin County (Zane Swanger, Director) (717) 248-6571; Juniata County (Eva Weyrich, Director) (717) 436-7706.

See you at the polls!

Mifflin County Commissioners

Kevin Kodish

Steve Dunkle

Rob Postal

Juniata County Commissioners

Alice Gray

Todd Graybill

Mark Partner