RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina trial judge is hinting he’ll probably not stop the use during Tuesday’s municipal elections of polling place software from a vendor linked to alleged Russian hacking last year.
Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway heard arguments Monday between the state elections board and VR Systems, which contracts with nearly 30 counties to provide electronic poll books.
An administrative law judge sided with the vendor last Friday in deciding the software remained approved for county use. The state appealed to Ridgeway, who said he’d rule later Monday but had concerns whether the matter was properly before him.
VR Systems software malfunctioned last November in Durham County, leading to long lines and later worries after federal officials warned Russian spies were hacking VR Systems emails and even public voting rolls.