After Colorado was targeted by Russian operatives during the 2016 election, the state has been for many years complying with top-tier cybersecurity steps to put a stop to hackers from gaining access to its systems and meddling with the election process.
Colorado gets top-most ratings in the three most vital election security categories because it adhered to the following list:
1. Adhering to minimum cybersecurity standards for voter registration systems
2. Carrying out elections with paper ballots
3. Conducting robust post-election audits
Colorado elections director Judd Choate said, “Long before the Russians were attempting to hack into voter registration databases, we in Colorado were already really concerned about things like phishing, intrusion attempts on the voter registration database, and so forth. Each one is different, and the idea is that it prevents people who shouldn’t be in our system from getting into our system and getting the credentials that are able to make changes to people’s records.”