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Although a fraudulent election could permanently wound the U.S. democratic process, the threat of voter hacking could benefit the stocks of cyber security companies such as FireEye (FEYE) , Fortinet (FTNT) and CyberArk Software (CYBR) .
First, though, it's important to note that election hacking isn't very likely. The Brennan Center for Justice argues that you're less likely to be a victim of voter fraud than you are to be struck by lightning -- a one-in-700,000 probability this year.
Voter hacking is still one of the major concerns in the 2016 election, though. Amid email hacks at the Democratic National Convention, Wikileaks document leaks and numerous threats of state-sponsored breaches, Americans have some serious doubts that their votes will be safe -- so much so that more than 15 million voters may stay away from the booths today due to cyber security concerns, according to a recent survey.
Some of these fears might be warranted. In Pennsylvania specifically, electronic voting machines run on Microsoft's (MSFT) outdated Windows XP operating system, which the tech company hasn't issued an update for since 2014. Privately-owned cyber security company Carbon Black said that Pennsylvania could be a major target in today's election due to the state's high-risk voting infrastructure.