Election Experts Call For Paper Ballots
New report cites security problem, notes paper ballots can’t be tampered with online.
A new national report from election and hacking experts is calling for states to make some changes before the 2020 presidential election.
The report, which was written by a panel of experts on computer science and election administration, recommends states use paper ballots, whether they are counted by hand or machine, because they can’t be tampered with online and can be re-counted if necessary. It also recommends increasing state funding for election administration, including training for workers.
Kevin Kennedy, the former director of Wisconsin’s elections agency, served on the committee that wrote the report. He noted Wisconsin already uses paper ballots, which were used in the 2016 presidential recount, but he believes the state hasn’t funneled enough money into training for election workers.
Kennedy said increasing support for municipal election workers and officials in rural parts of the state is crucial to ensuring a secure elections infrastructure for the state.
“Wisconsin has always been a leader in security,” he said. “A lot of it is human communication to stay on top of it, assess threats and evaluate them.”
In September, the federal government said Russian hackers attempted to access Wisconsin’s online voting systems before the 2016 election. State officials say their attempts were unsuccessful.
Wisconsin received $6.9 million in federal money earlier this year to help address election security. The state said it plans to use the funding to make security upgrades to the state’s online election systems, hire additional staff and contractors and offer security training sessions for clerks across the state.
Listen to the WPR report here.
Election Experts Recommend Paper Ballots For 2020 Election was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.