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Counties Urged To Switch To Voting Machines With Paper Trails Before November Elections
Updated September 10, 2018 8:33 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Two-thirds of Indiana counties use electronic voting machines which do not leave a paper record.

Democrats want to replace them before the November election.

Computer researchers led by IU president Michael McRobbie urged states to insist on voting machines with paper trails by 2020, and preferably this year.

State Democratic Chairman John Zody says Virginia replaced machines on short notice last year and says it's important enough to be worth the $25 million dollar expense.

The Committee on the Future of Voting says Russian attempts to hack voting machines two years ago show the need to have ballots that can be hand-counted if necessary.

IU's Michael McRobbie says electronic equipment which stays in use, like registration databases, need up-to-date firewalls and continuous monitoring. The panel also says Internet voting shouldn't even be considered until and unless security gets a lot more robust than it is now.

The panel is urging Congress to approve money to help counties switch to paper ballots. It's also recommending a recount of a small sample of those ballots after every state and federal election to confirm the vote count's reliability.

10 university computer scientists, a Microsoft researcher, and election officials from Texas and California were part of the committee, formed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

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