Timothy B. Lee, writing for Ars Technica:
“With the 2018 elections just around the corner, Russia will be
back to interfere again,” said co-sponsor Sen. Kamala Harris
So a group of senators led by James Lankford (R-Okla.) wants to
shore up the security of American voting systems ahead of the 2018
and 2020 elections. And the senators have focused on two major
changes that have broad support from voting security experts.
The first objective is to get rid of paperless electronic voting
machines. Computer scientists have been warning for more than a
decade that these machines are vulnerable to hacking and can’t be
meaningfully audited. States have begun moving away from paperless
systems, but budget constraints have forced some to continue
relying on insecure paperless equipment. The Secure Elections Act
would give states grants specifically earmarked for replacing
these systems with more secure systems that use voter-verified
I don’t know of a single voting or computer security expert who is in favor of paperless voting machines. The sooner we get rid of them, the better.