Letters: Election security experts say backups critical to electoral integrity

Letters: Election security experts say backups critical to electoral integrity

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St. Joseph County rolls out high-tech machines for absentee voting

Keith McGinnis demonstrates how to use new early voting machines inside the County-City Building in South Bend. Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN/

More than half of Indiana’s 92 counties have voting machines without a paper backup. Election security experts say those backups are critical to electoral integrity.
 

The General Assembly budgeted $10 million last year for election security, including adding voter verified paper trails to electronic voting machines. Unfortunately, that amount will cover only about 10 percent of the machines that need upgrades. Without these upgrades, voters never see a printout of their ballot and there is no paper trail to use in post-election audits.

Local League of Women Voters members are concerned about the legislature’s decision to wait until 2030 to provide a paper backup for every vote cast. We are grateful that our St. Joseph County voting machines include a paper trail. Voters in other counties deserve no less. A representative democracy requires that eligible voters have access to secure polling sites and confidence that every vote will be counted. County and state officials should act now.

The future of our democracy depends on it.

Elizabeth A. Bennion
South Bend

The writer is director of Voter Services and Engagement for the League of Women Voters of the South Bend Area.

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