Electronic voting was going to be the future. Now paper’s making a comeback.

Unlike a pen or stylus and a paper ballot, there’s no physical connection between a voting touchscreen or electronic button and the hardware that records the vote. The vote is instead transmitted by software. And software has flaws that could potentially let hackers alter the votes. Plus there’s no reliable way to tell if the vote has been changed, either deliberately or by mistake. “Faulty software could very easily add a number to the wrong total when a button is pressed or make some other error, thereby misrecording a vote,” Appel testified. “I strongly recommend that if DRE machines are to be used, they should be equipped to print a voter-verified paper ballot.”

Russian spy agencies tried to hack into election-related systems in 2016, including voter registration databases, in 21 US states. See article: Electronic voting was going to be the future. Now paper’s making a comeback – CNET

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