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Why election security experts really like paper ballots

Why election security experts really like paper ballots

Aug 22, 2018

The classic IT advice is to back up anything that's valuable, just in case. With computerized voting, the preferred backup is good old-fashioned paper records. And yet, 14 states have systems that either lack paper backups completely or are only…

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The classic IT advice is to back up anything that’s valuable, just in case. With computerized voting, the preferred backup is good old-fashioned paper records. And yet, 14 states have systems that either lack paper backups completely or are only partially backed up by paper. So if something goes wrong with the state’s voting system on election day — hacking or some malfunction — that means there won’t be a foolproof way to make sure votes aren’t lost. We talk with J. Alex Halderman, an election security expert at the University of Michigan, about how vulnerable our midterm elections are and why we’re not ready for an all-electronic voting system. (08/22/18)