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How safe is your vote in San Diego?

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - From Donald Trump's repeated claims that the country's elections system is rigged to recurring threats that foreign governments may be attempting to sabotage the American electoral process - many voters are questioning how secure their vote is once they have cast it.

Election experts point out that one of the biggest deterrents to manipulating a national election is the fact that the system itself is so decentralized.

There are thousands of electoral districts across the county - each with its own specific protections and protocols in place to count the votes. It makes a large-scale attack extremely unlikely.

Michael Vu, San Diego County's Registrar of Voters, said California has among the most stringent security measures in the entire nation when it comes to vote tabulation. It's a process that is certified by the Secretary of State.

"If you cast your ballot, you can be assured it's not going to be compromised," said Mr. Vu.

At the county level, an additional arsenal of safeguards are implemented - beginning with the physical security of the ballot tabulation itself.

Also put in place are security cameras and highly-select electronic access badges. Even Mr. Vu himself is denied entry.

There are also specialized software programs to detect any outside threats to the system and an intricate ballot testing protocol leading up to election day.

"We are not connected to to the internet. No one could actually come inside and compromise our tabulation system," he said.

Ballots that are cast on paper and then optically scanned are the most secure part of the tabulation process, according to Mr. Vu.

Under state law, each voting precinct is required to have one electronic voting machine - primarily for voters with disabilities. Ballots cast on those machines are then transferred onto a paper ballot that are also scanned which helps to safeguard those votes.

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