Georgia voter check-in tablets no longer use default '1234' password, officials say

Voters check in at their precincts with an iPad that scans their driver's license or other form of photo ID when using the new Georgia voting machines, as shown at a demonstration at the James H. "Sloppy" Floyd building in Atlanta, Sept. 16, 2019. (Alyssa Pointer/alyssa.pointer@ajc.com)
Voters check in at their precincts with an iPad that scans their driver's license or other form of photo ID when using the new Georgia voting machines, as shown at a demonstration at the James H. "Sloppy" Floyd building in Atlanta, Sept. 16, 2019. (Alyssa Pointer/alyssa.pointer@ajc.com)

Credit: Alyssa Pointer

Credit: Alyssa Pointer

Passwords on Georgia’s new voter check-in machines have been changed from their default of “1234,” according to state election officials.

The secretary of state's office said that training documents posted online are outdated. The documents were obtained and published by American Oversight, a government accountability organization, and reported Friday by Politico.

The documents showed that the voter check-in iPads, supplied by St. Louis-based KnowInk, used the "1234" default password to process surrendered absentee ballots or update the voter status of someone flagged as a potential noncitizen.

“The state, working with KnowInk, has already both changed the password and increased the number of password characters and has updated printed training material so passwords will not be part of them,” said Gabriel Sterling, chief operating officer for the Georgia secretary of state’s office.

The “1234” password was used for an app on the iPads, but not to sign into the devices, according to the secretary of state’s office.

The process to change the passwords started a couple of months ago, Sterling wrote in an email. It's unclear when the change was completed.

The voter check-in iPads are part of Georgia's new voting system, which is scheduled for statewide rollout in the March 24 presidential primary election.

The voting system, by Denver-based Dominion, combines touchscreen voting machines and printed-out paper ballots.