Letter: Election security
August 4, 2017
In the, we now know, good news department, 90 minutes after the hacker/cybersecurity convention opened in Las Vegas on July 28, a WinVote Electronic Voter Machine, used in the 2016 election, was hacked, creating remote access to voting software and voter registration records.
Paper vote counters can at least be audited or recounted, but I cannot imagine most county commissioners approving a running audit or a recount. The county clerks need to realize how vulnerable optical scanners are to election hacking and initiate periodic audit routines on vote count veracity.
Only three privately held companies now supply all the machines for American elections. We exhaustively check the machines before the election; this shows we need to exhaustively check them during and after the election also.