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16 Million Americans Will Vote on Hackable Paperless Machines

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New York University researchers have found that at least 16 million Americans in eight states will vote in the 2020 U.S. elections on paperless voting machines.

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A study by researchers at New York University found that at least 16 million Americans in eight states will vote on completely paperless machines in the 2020 U.S. elections, despite a strong consensus among cybersecurity and national security experts that paper ballots and vote audits are necessary to ensure election security.

While the states in question are not historically battleground states, some are likely to be more closely contested than usual.

Said U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, “Congress needs to set mandatory federal election security standards that outlaw paperless voting machines and guarantee every American the right to vote with a hand-marked paper ballot.”

Wyden cited experts as requiring hand-marked paper ballots and post-election audits to defend against hacking. “Vendors should recognize that fact or get out of the way.”

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