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Pennsylvania requires paper trail on all new voting machines

From Engadget - February 10, 2018

In early 2017, a Bloomberg report revealed that Russian hackers attacked voting systems in 39 states. While Illinois was the only state that found records of attackers attempting to delete or alter voter data, Pennsylvania was still in the list of targeted locations. Even if the state were not attacked, it's a good idea to upgrade anyway: at last year's DefCon, security researchers showed just how easy it is to infiltrate voting systems. Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres said the new directive will ensure that residents' votes are secure and uncompromised, since a paper trail will allow officials to double-check votes in case they suspect that a machine has been tampered with.

Unfortunately, the directive does not actually require the counties to change machines, only that they should get one with a paper backup system when they do. And since there's no budget to replace them, The Keystone State will likely be using its old ones this upcoming 2018 election season. Pennsylvania wo not be alone if it does, though. New York University's Brennan Center for Justice told AP that officials in 41 states plan to use older machines this year due to lack of funds.

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