Want to keep electronic voting safe and secure? Make sure that the votes are captured on paper, the CEO of electronic voting systems vendor Election Systems & Software wrote in an op-ed this week.
"Our company, Election Systems & Software, the nation's leading elections equipment provider, recently decided it will no longer sell paperless voting machines as the primary voting device in a jurisdiction," wrote ES&S CEO Tom Burt in his piece in Roll Call.
This is a major shift in the company's public position on voting machine vulnerabilities.
Burt recommended: Get more money from Congress for better security on a national level; make sure there's a paper trail for audits and recounts; and leverage the things that currently work well.
He also derided one of the factors in the US election system and called it a strength: With more than 10,000 separate voting jurisdictions in the nation, each responsible for choosing its own election products, it would, he wrote, be very difficult for a malicious actor to launch a massive, wide-scale attack on national voting.
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