WASHINGTON, DC–A Congressional report paints a troubling picture for the state of Indiana’s election security. The Committee on House Administration says the Hoosier State desperately needs to replace its voting machines.
The report indicated that in the last election, Russian hackers hit 21 states and attempted to access the credentials of both election technology vendors and election officials, which offered the potential to have voting records deleted. The Department of Homeland Security has warned the security threat could persist into the future. In response, Congress appropriated $380 million to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to help the most vulnerable states.
The biggest threat to elections is the use of paperless voting machines, which do not leave a paper trail to ensure the outcome was correct. Therefore, determining whether tampering has occurred is virtually impossible. Currently, Indiana’s mixture of paper and paperless voting machines are a cause of concern. The state has requested $7.6 million from the EAC, but no word has been issued regarding how the funds will be spent.
Other steps to safeguard against security vulnerabilities include conducting post-election auditing and upgrading IT infrastructures.