Right-wing media is now absolutely completely consumed by anti-voting machine hysteria. I have to tell you, I’m okay with this! If their anxiety results in more thorough audit trails and a determination to keep these machines updated and with paper verification, it’s good!
It is, as always, basically impossible to search Google for any subject that’s currently in the news and be able to find any historical record, but tech professionals, civil rights organizations and democrats have been raising concerns about abuse for years...
... stating that it’s important to have clear auditability, the ability for people voting to be able to check their votes on paper slips before they submit them (the benefit here being that it’s faster to machine-count machine-created ballots) ...
... and for some kind of national standard of quality and trustworthiness for voting machines. As I understand it, this has actually improved a lot over the last few years - but IIRC even now 10% of voting machines don’t create auditable paper records.
Again from memory (because Christ knows how I search for it right now), Republicans have often been explicitly *against* this extended verifiability - with at least one of the 2020 swing states’ Republican administrators arguing explicitly *against* paper audit trails in the past
Now, there has been no evidence of any significant voter fraud in the US in the 2020 election. And—again—these machines and the processes around them have been a lot more secure and verifiable this time than in probably any previous election they’ve been used.
But if current Republican hysteria means that we can recommend national standards, recommend best practices, make sure every vote is verifiable and auditable and keep these devices up to date and safe... I mean... FINALLY?!

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