Sen. Angus King, I-ME, has asked the Senate Appropriations leadership for $160 million to give states voting machines that will provide a paper record.
“Rational analysis concludes that our voting equipment will certainly be subject to sophisticated cyberattacks that are likely to change election outcomes without detection,” King wrote in a letter to Sens. John Boozman, R-AR, and Jon Tester, D-MT.
Many of the digital voting machines that are intended to help the disabled and hard of sight voters do not provide a paper record of the votes. This makes it harder to audit a vote in a situation where a hack is suspected. Paper records can not be altered by a software hack.
“A simple and effective solution to the cybersecurity vulnerability of our voting systems is available immediately: audit the results of elections instead of trying to secure computer systems,” King added in the letter.