Following up on the known vulnerabilities of electronic voting that have been demonstrated over the last decade as previously discussed here. Arstechnica has a new report on new legislation to address many of these concerns.
A bipartisan group of six senators has introduced legislation that would take a huge step toward securing elections in the United States. Called the Secure Elections Act, the bill aims to eliminate insecure paperless voting machines from American elections while promoting routine audits that would dramatically reduce the danger of interference from foreign governments.
The legislation comes on the heels of the contentious 2016 election. Post-election investigation hasn’t turned up any evidence that foreign governments actually altered any votes. However, we do know that Russians were probing American voting systems ahead of the 2016 election, laying groundwork for what could have become a direct attack on American democracy.
We are encouraged that FINALLY lawmakers see the dangers present and are taking active steps to fix these aging and increasingly vulnerable systems.
Proposed Legislation: https://www.lankford.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Secure%20Elections%20Act.pdf