Yesterday I mentioned draft legislation the state Board of Elections will consider later this month to decertify Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) devices for South Dakota’s elections. That discussion in Pierre is part of a nationwide trend among voting officials to combat election hacking by moving back to paper:
Citing security concerns, the Virginia Board of Elections announced last Friday that it will stop using electronic voting machines in the state. The board’s action is the latest sign that state and local election agencies are trying to address growing concerns that the nation’s election infrastructure is vulnerable to hacking.
…Some states — including Virginia and Georgia, which recently announced a pilot program to use paper ballots — hope eliminating the use of electronic ballots will reduce the threat of cyberattacks.
“Moving to paper is absolutely the happening trend,” says Wendy Underhill, a program director for the National Conference of State Legislatures [J.B. Wogan, “After 2016 Election Hacks, Some States Return to Paper,” Governing, 2017.09.12].
The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of pulling out all of the wires and casting and counting every vote by hand.
Meanwhile, instead of focusing on real election security, Donald Trump’s election fraud commission keeps peddling bogus claims of voter fraud to undermine voters’ confidence in American democracy and to wedge the door open for more restrictions on voters’ rights.