A House committee meets today to consider eliminating a federal agency that sets security standards for voting machines. This would pose a risky and irresponsible threat to our election infrastructure.
Last time a president pushed the Justice Department to go on a voter fraud witch hunt, its integrity was shot and Americans’ voting rights suffered. This could be the opening salvo to another wide-ranging effort to restrict voting rights nationwide.
Officials have made important advances over the last few years to secure voting technology, but between now and November there are several steps they can take to ensure America’s elections are properly protected.
In 2016, 43 states will use voting machines that are at least 10 years old, perilously close to the end of their expected lifespan. Old equipment increases the risk of failures and crashes, which can lead to long lines and lost votes.
Design defects in ballots, voter instructions, and voting machines contributed to the loss of several hundred thousand votes in the most recent national elections, a new Brennan Center for Justice study found.