Senator wants $160M to buy auditable voting machines

Senator wants $160M to buy auditable voting machines
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Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingLawmakers say Trump tariffs are threatening local newspapers Senate adds members to pro-NATO group Hillicon Valley: Hacker tried to sell military docs on dark web | Facebook fined over Cambridge Analytica | US closer to lifting ZTE ban | Trump, Obama lose followers in Twitter purge | DOJ weighs appeal on AT&T merger MORE (I-Maine) sent a letter to Senate Appropriations leadership Tuesday calling for $160 million to supply states with voting machines that 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 his letter to Sens. John BoozmanJohn Nichols BoozmanGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Lobbying world 13 GOP senators ask administration to pause separation of immigrant families MORE (R-Ark.) and Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterSenate Dems build huge cash edge in battlegrounds Fed chief lays out risks of trade war Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick MORE (D-Mont.). 

Many of the digital voting machines that were purchased to help disabled and hard-of-sight voters do not provide a paper record of votes. That makes it harder to audit vote tallies if hacking or other tampering is suspected. Paper records cannot be altered by malware. 

There is no evidence that voting machines were hacked in the 2016 presidential election. And since election machines are purchased locally and are vastly different from locality to locality, hacking a national election without being detected would be a daunting task. Hacking state and local elections, however, would be more realistic.

"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 wrote in his letter.