Last month, Illinois officials reported that the state’s voter registration system was attacked. It forced the temporary shutdown of the system.

On Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he might make election equipment part of what the government calls “critical infrastructure.”

In the United States, state and local government officials are responsible for organizing elections. Making elections “critical infrastructure” could free up federal money to make voting machines more secure.

“There’s vital interest in our election process,” Johnson said. “We’re actively thinking about the election and cybersecurity right now.” He spoke at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters in Washington, D.C.

Edgardo Cortés is Commissioner of Elections in Virginia. He said an attack on his state’s electronic voting machines is unlikely.

He told VOA that Virginia moved to take away the wireless technology for electronic voting machines to make them less open to hacking. The state also brought in an outside expert to help the state government improve security, Cortes said.

He noted that Virginia is working to provide enough paper ballots in the event the voting machines fail or are hacked. But he said local governments need federal money to make their systems more secure.

The Republican Party’s candidate for president, Donald Trump, has raised concerns about whether voting in the November elections will be fair. He spoke to the Washington Post newspaper earlier this week.

“If the election is rigged, I would not be surprised,” Trump said. The businessman expressed concern after courts in five states overturned state laws that required voters to show identification or proof of citizenship.

In North Carolina, an appeals court ruled that the state’s new voting law seemed targeted at African-Americans by making it more difficult for them to vote. The court said there is no evidence of the widespread voter fraud that would require such a law.


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In North Carolina, /an^appeals cour(t) ruled /tha(t) the state’s new votin(g) law seeme(d) targeted /at African-Americans /by making^ it more difficult /for them to vote. The court said( )there^is no evidence/ of the widespread voter fraud /tha(t) woul(d) require such^a law.






アメリカでは、州や地方の政府が選挙運営の責任を負っている。/選挙をより「重要なインフラに」位置付けることで、/連邦政府の資金を自由に使える /投票機械を/より安全な物にするために/



/ 彼はCSMBで話した/ワシントンD.C.で記者とともに/



















temporary  一時的な

critical 決定的な

wireless ワイヤーレス

widespread 広範囲で広まっている

citizenship 市民権

rig            引っ掛ける

identification            ID

fraud        詐欺

register    登録する

responsible for A     A に責任がある

equipment               装備、機器

ballot      投票用紙

vital        欠かせない、重要な、生命の、生き生きした                   infrastructure インフラ、公共設備

federal     連邦の

candidate 候補者