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Voting Machines: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Voting Machines: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Jennifer Cohn

Since the 2016 election, there has been a good deal of commentary and reporting about the threats to American democracy from, on the one hand, Russian interference by Facebook and Twitterbot-distributed propaganda, and on the other, voter ID laws and other partisan voter suppression measures such as electoral roll purges. Both of these concerns are real and urgent, but there is a third, yet more sinister threat to the integrity of the November 6 elections: the vulnerability of the voting machines themselves.

Seriously, you have to ask?

Right.

it’s pretty simple, really. You cannot watch a computer count. You can watch human vote-counters count, so it is possible to object to a miscount.

The hardware and software in a computer-based vote, even if not hacked, is set up, maintained, and installed by the government. What are the odds?

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