January 3, 2018
A bi-partisan group of senators introduced a bill to abandon paperless voting machines in U.S. elections.
The Secure Elections Act is aimed at enhancing the accuracy and credibility of election results.
The bill was introduced by a group of six senators in response to the speculations surrounding the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Sponsors of the legislation say it will also mitigate the risks of foreign interference.
Senators propose providing federal grants to states so they can get rid of voting machines believed to be “obsolete” and “vulnerable” to hacking.
“We’ve gotta help states have a good reliable auditable election system that they can actually do themselves and that the federal government and all entities in those states can trust the election results,” stated Oklahoma Senator James Lankford.
The bill also introduces post-election statistical audits of results by counting a fixed percentage of ballots.