Time to go old school when it comes to voting


HOUSTON - The mid-term elections are finally here and record numbers are anticipated, but the voting machines being used are more than 15 years old and that could be a problem. The new technology that came in was thanks to the infusion of money for the "Help America Vote" campaign that was in reaction to the hanging chad fiasco from the 2000 election.

Dan Wallach, a computer science professor with Rice University, explains, "I wish that security concerns were the top of the order and we that were talking about retiring these voting systems because of their insecurity, but it's not. We are talking about retiring these voting systems because they're old and the vendor hasn't supported them (with new updates)."

Wallach says a better option would be to have voting be done with paper and pen... since it would be cheaper and couldn't be hacked from outside governments.


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