The Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix. 

Sep 03 2020

Q&A: How Arizona’s Katie Hobbs Is Tackling 2020 Election Security

The Arizona secretary of state is focused on anti-phishing campaigns, partnerships with federal authorities and resilience.

Editor’s note: This is one of a series of Q&A’s StateTech has conducted with state election officials and cybersecurity experts on election security. To read our Q&A with Adam Clayton Powell III, the executive director of the University of Southern California’s Election Cybersecurity Initiative, click here. To read our Q&A with Peter Threlkel, director of information services for the Oregon Secretary of State, click here. To read our Q&A with Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswoldclick here. And to read our Q&A with Lawrence Norden, director of the Brennan Center for Justice’s election reform programclick here.

Arizona has emerged in 2020 as one of the key battleground states in the U.S. presidential election. It’s also a state that has a lot of experience with mail-in voting, which is useful during a time when roughly 80 million mail ballots are expected to “flood election offices this fall, more than double the number that were returned in 2016,” as The New York Times reports.

Like other states, Arizona is facing a complex threat landscape that includes misinformation, ransomware and deepfakes as the November general election draws closer. Arizona, along with many other states, has been working closely with the Department of Homeland Security on election security.

StateTech recently spoke with Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs about what her state is doing to bolster its election cybersecurity ahead of November.

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