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

Mar 2019
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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The center's report also examined the number of aging or outdated voting equipment used throughout the country.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
To bad Florida can't be one of 'em. Many Ballots are always "Found" after the first ,second ,and third count. Broward County.
 
Jun 2014
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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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Many, if not most. Even machines that use a paper ballot are typically downloaded to a central server via an Internet connection for the vote tabulation.
 
Feb 2010
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Many, if not most. Even machines that use a paper ballot are typically downloaded to a central server via an Internet connection for the vote tabulation.
Did a little poking around. Appears you are incorrect. The answer is more like zero.

The "hacking of voting machines" that is sometime cited typically requires taking physical possession of the machine itself and breaking into it manually.



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Jul 2014
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LAS VEGAS — As Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) toured the Voting Village on Friday at Def Con, the world’s hacker conference extraordinaire, a roomful of hackers applied their skills to voting equipment in an enthusiastic effort to comply with the instructions they had been given: “Please break things.”

Armed with lock-pick kits to crack into locked hardware, Ethernet cables and inquiring minds, they had come for a rare chance to interrogate the machines that conduct U.S. democracy. By laying siege to electronic poll books and ballot printers, the friendly hackers aimed to expose weaknesses that could be exploited by less friendly hands looking to interfere in elections.

Wyden nodded along as Harri Hursti, the founder of Nordic Innovation Labs and one of the event’s organizers, explained that the almost all of the machines in the room were still used in elections across the United States, despite having well-known vulnerabilities that have been more or less ignored by the companies that sell them. Many had Internet connections, Hursti said, a weakness savvy attackers could abuse in several ways.

Wyden shook his head in disbelief.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/busi...came-together-tackle-holes-election-security/
 
Apr 2015
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Did a little poking around. Appears you are incorrect. The answer is more like zero.

The "hacking of voting machines" that is sometime cited typically requires taking physical possession of the machine itself and breaking into it manually.



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Breaking into them manually, one at a time, on election day, during voting hours.

Even with electronic voting machines there is a robust paper trail all along the way from putting the ballots into the machine until returning machines back to the central vote tabulation location. There is a signed log of chain of custody and the machines are kept secure before, during and after elections.

There is nothing worse than human marked paper ballots, period.

Even if your electronic voting machine provides you with a paper receipt of your vote, the machine is just as susceptible to hacking as is the device reading the receipt and the device tallying the votes. You don't get to keep your vote receipt and it isn't traceable back to you individually.
 
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