Voting Machines

Problems with voting machines remain widespread, including equipment malfunction, shortages, hacking, and non-verifiability. Sixteen states have no paper record for the majority of ballots cast in their elections, which makes verifiable elections impossible. Recounts have historically exposed the electronic machines’ abilities to flip or lose votes. Private companies, who often have connections to prominent political candidates, own the source codes and control most of the programming for these machines that determine our elections. The use of electronic voting machines has increased since the passage of the Help America Vote Act in 2002, despite compelling testimony from computer scientists about the machines’ security vulnerabilities.

Computerized voting systems under scrutiny

September 5, 2016
Victoria Collier for Truthout
(Todd Heisler / The New York Times)

If there is anything positive to say about the 2016 elections, it's that they have finally forced an end to the official denial of computerized election rigging.

FBI urges increase in computer security after revealing election databases were hacked in two states

August 31, 2016
Anne Dujmovic for CNET
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The FBI is urging state election officials to beef up their computer systems' security in light of two cyberattacks this summer.

U.S. Seeks to Protect Voting System From Cyberattacks

August 4, 2016
Julie Hirschfeld Davis for New York Times
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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is weighing new steps to bolster the security of the United States’ voting process against cyberthreats, including whether to designate the electronic ballot-casting system for November’s elections as “critical infrastructure

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