8 states continue to use paperless ballots in 2020 despite security risk

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At least eight states are on course to use paperless voting equipment, or machines without paper records, as the primary polling place equipment during the 2020 elections, a report published Tuesday by New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice found.

The report said that around 12 percent of Americans, or about 16 million people, will vote on paperless machines in 2020 and will have no paper record of how they voted.

Many of these Americans will vote in the eight states that will use some form of paperless voting in 2020: Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kansas, Indiana, Kentucky and New Jersey. Pennsylvania, Georgia and South Carolina are on course to replace all paperless voting machines by 2020, while Arkansas, Virginia and Delaware have already completed this process.

“Experts have longed warned that these machines are a security risk because they do not allow election officials or the public to confirm electronic vote totals,” the report’s authors wrote.

The center's report also examined the number of aging or outdated voting equipment used throughout the country. It found that during the 2018 midterm elections, 34 percent of local election jurisdictions were using voting machines that were at least a decade old as their primary form of voting.

Report says eight states to use paperless voting in 2020 despite security concerns
 
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Always been a fan of paper.

Can't have been that long ago that paper was the only option. The good old days....




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At the recent hacker convention in Las Vegas, many of them were able to get access to the voting machines in 2 minutes.

Sigh.
If a voting machine is connected to the internet then that would be a major problem/breach.

What States have their voting machines connected to the web...??



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If a voting machine is connected to the internet then that would be a major problem/breach.

What States have their voting machines connected to the web...??



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Good question.

I don't know at the moment

But I think it's pretty obvious that all the states should have paper as a back up in 2020

Otherwise, I can see if Trump loses, he will keep saying the election was "rigged"

Just like he did in 16 in case he lost.