14 States Lack The Ability To Ensure Accurate Election Results

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Five of those states have no way to verify vote counts in the event their electronic voting machines are breached.

Two months after Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testified before Congress that Russia will certainly attempt to interfere in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections, Axios reports that 14 states are presently unable to guarantee accurate election results.

Five of those states have no paper ballot systems at all, and nine have some counties using such a system but not all.

Per Axios, the five states using only direct recording electronic machines (DREs) are taking the following steps to ensure they can verify election results:

  1. Louisiana: The state is planning to put out a request for proposals to set up a new, more up-to-date system, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler tells Axios. “If the piece of paper gives them that assurance” that an election can’t be hacked, Schedler said, “I’m all for it.” Schedler said any replacement would be due to the age of the system, not because of any concern there might be a breach.
  1. Georgia: There are three proposals circulating in the general assembly that would back using machines with paper trails, a state official tells Axios, but it's not clear that any of them will pass this year. The governor’s budget proposal doesn’t include the funding for such an initiative, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
  1. South Carolina: State election officials asked the state legislature to provide $20 million to replace the state’s voting system to provide a paper trail of the vote, per their budget request. The House is going to discuss the budgeting next week, but does not have hard numbers yet on whether that request can be met.
  1. New Jersey: Deputy Majority Leader Reed Gusciora told Axios he plans to introduce a bill in the state assembly to back an election system that produces a paper trail of votes. A similar measure passed the legislature last year, but it was never funded.
  1. Delaware: The Department of Elections this week received seven proposals for voting machine equipment that would leave a voter-verified paper trail of votes, the state election commissioner, Elaine Manlove, told Axios. Manlove said her team wants to make an offer this year, although the machines aren't expected to be in use until 2020.

Click here to read what the other nine states -- Pennsylvania, Texas, Kansas, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, and Mississippi -- are doing to enhance their procedures.

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