The 2016 presidential election is over and America has elected its new leader. Republican Donald Trump pulled out what some consider a surprising victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. President-elect Trump will be sworn into office on Friday, January 20, 2017.
Heading into Election Day, there were fears of a cyberattack that would disrupt the process. Luckily those fears didn't become a reality and everything seems to have gone smoothly.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says that there were no cyberattacks reported related to the election. Law enforcement, security officials and government workers spent Election Day across the country watching for hackers trying to get involved in the voting process and found nothing.
Despite the fact that no breaches were reported, voters were still skeptical. A National Election Pool Survey by Edison Research shows that nearly one out of every six voters said that they were not confident that their vote would be counted accurately. In 2008, that number was less than one in 10.
The fact that there were no cyberattack attempts could have been a byproduct of all the extra security during this year's Election Day. There was so much discussion ahead of time of possible threats, most states asked for extra help from DHS.
The extra scrutiny could have actually helped speed up some issues that did occur. Colorado's state electronic voter registration system went down for almost a half hour Tuesday afternoon. Without the emphasis on checking these voting systems, that outage could have lasted much longer.
There were other small outages reported in other states. However, they are all believed to have been the result of a typical machine error.
Whether the candidate you supported won or lost, it's good to know that we can still trust the election process.