Friday, September 14, 2018
In this November's election, could a computer hacker, foreign or domestic, alter votes (in the voting machine) or prevent people from voting (by altering voter registrations)? What should we do to protect ourselves? ... Therefore, our key recommendations are, 4.11. Elections should be conducted with human-readable paper ballots. These may be marked by hand or by machine (using a ballot-marking device); they may be counted by hand or by machine (using an optical scanner). Recounts and audits should be conducted by human inspection of the human-readable portion of the paper ballots. Voting machines that do not provide the capacity for independent auditing (e.g., machines that do not produce a voter-verifiable paper audit trail) should be removed from service as soon as possible. In our report, we explain why: voting machines can never be completely hack-proof, but with paper ballots we can -- if we have to -- count the votes independent of possibly hacked computers.
The 124-page report, available for free download ( https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25120/securing-the-vote-protecting-american-democracy ), lays out the scientific basis for our conclusions and our 55 recommendations.
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