Senators Unveil Bill to Ditch Voting Machines, Standardize Election Audits

Voting booths are seen during the New York primary elections at a polling station in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., April 19, 2016. (Photo/REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

January 3, 2018
OAN Newsroom

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.

Senator James Lankford (R-OK) speaks during Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 1, 2017. (Photo/REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

“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.

  • wavesofgrain

    Yes! scrap those paperless ballot machines. And also, the paper ballots must be preserved for at least one year….no automatic destruction after elections. And, also impose a mandatory VOTER ID for this country. Give States County Grants to fund transportation to and from voter registration precincts, and free ID to ensure they cannot claim hardship. Every one of those voters must have ID to be admitted to health clinics, etc.

  • brad m

    Since the states are responsible for accuracy per the constitution, it would require an amendment. I recommend throwing out votes of counties or states if voter fraud is found like in LA County. The federal government can recommend something and provide incentives.

  • despo

    Good get it fixed. We need Trump for at least another 7!

  • pdxracefan

    Tack on vote by mail as well.

  • Kyle Smith

    In my world the federal government does not actually have the right to tell the states how to conduct their elections. But that is in my world where we do not actually have one Presidential election, but rather 50 induvial elections. But that is just my world. Oh wait a minute. . . .

  • Arkone Axon


  • lagun

    I would also like to see the straight ticket voting removed.
    Our ballots show for Dems and Repubs.
    yet if you want to vote Indep, Green or other you have to select each one seperately
    Seems like this would be against the rules somehow.

  • Bluthar

    nothing will end democrat voter fraud. Oh wait, just one thing….when the democrats impose a total dictatorship.

  • Theo Stall


    • Spud51

      The best voter ID, and proof of citizenship would be fingerprints, we have the machines and the system to do this.!! Paper ballots are the only way to conduct a proper election, and there should be Federal Officials overseeing every Federal election.!!!

      • Kyle Smith

        We need to understand, that the presidential election is not one election. It is 50 individual elections. And that is done on purpose. To make it a “federal election” would be playing right into the liberals hands.

  • Mountainhiker

    “The bill also introduces post-election statistical audits of results by counting a fixed percentage of ballots.” NO, count ALL ballots, statistical counting would introduce fraud in the process.

  • Mountainhiker

    Voter ID, paper ballots, have to count ALL ballots, NO NON-CITIZEN can vote and any state submitting more ballots than citizens discounts ALL ballots, time to stop the insanity of the democratic party.

  • FromThe70s

    Send the machines back to Soros and the illegal voters back to their homelands.

  • Joe samo

    Now pass a law that says only a live, US citizen, who is registered with an ID can vote.

  • Rufrignkidnme

    I’m much more concerned about domestic interference in the vote. Pretty much since the electronic voting machines have been introduced I’ve hated that there isn’t a paper ballot or record created.

    • turnipweed

      I’m an IT guy, and I’ve studied the Louisiana electronic voting machines. I don’t see how they could possibly be rigged. Actually, they aren’t electronic, more electrical. They’re nothing more than a set of counters. They’re tested every 2 years or so by a bipartisan group, and officially sealed. They’re totally isolated from internal and external tampering. Not saying thy’re perfect, just saying I don’t see how paper ballots would be more tamper-proof. Remember, paper ballots found in the trunk of a car put Al Franken over the top.

      • Spud51

        And yet a person who is involved with producing these machines has testified that their results can be changed with the proper Code Key; no, we are better off with the counting of all paper ballots, to include absentee, and provisional ones.!! The Republic deserves that at the very least.!!!

        • turnipweed

          There are no “codes”. They aren’t computerized at all. They’re electrical counters. I see no way to hack them internally, externally, or by Internet.

      • Kyle Smith

        Since you are an “IT guy” you would undestand that there is not such thing as something that can not be hacked. Some are just more challenging than others.

  • JR

    More elections decided by ‘hanging chads’? Because of that we got Bush and the massively increased turmoil he created in the middle east. No thanks. I’ll take my chances with electronic booths, not another right wing election commisioner in Florida deciding the next president.

    • nfcapitalist

      Lasers burning holes in a proper recountable tangible one citizen = one vote wouldn’t be that difficult in today’s manufacturing technology… American jobs?

    • Spud51

      We know that your Left Wing would love to keep those vulnerable Soros machines in place to insure the existence of the Marxist DemonicRat agenda.!!!

  • Reality Junkie

    It actually makes sense. Let’s see if it goes through all the way, or will something stop it. Usually when something makes sense it never comes to fruition.

    • Spud51

      You can bet that the DemonicRats will go viral over this idea.!!!

  • Jerylyn Bean

    Punch cards work the best! Simple, visable, countable and undeniable!

    • turnipweed

      No, just no.

  • Tyrone

    But, how would Hillary have beaten Bernie if the DNC could not rig the voting machines?
    You cannot expect people like the Clintons to play by the rules.

  • Lovingit

    I live in a state that uses machines to vote. Machines that are built by one of Soros’ businesses. I requested a paper ballot in the last presidential election and heads exploded all over the polling place. Finally, after several phone calls, much head shaking and eye rolling, many heavy sighs and dirty looks, I got my paper ballot and voted. This will be a good thing along with stricter voter ID in all states.

  • a voice of concern

    OMG, if they do this will that mean Philly in PA. won’t accumulate 25% of the vote(ALL DEM) before the voting booths open on election day like they have for at least 50 years?

  • nfcapitalist

    This constitutionally defined voting system shouldn’t be this hard to solve, it seems to be a wrestling contest between two political parties and foreign enemies who would like to destroy us.
    Citizens only… means vetted ID cards that are serialized and of sufficiently strong material to last and be replaced with new serialized numbers while the old number is retired… doesn’t seem to be a more controversial task than vetting liquor sales… and yes, votes must be tangible for recounts.

    • Spud51

      Keep it simple, the best ID is a fingerprint.!!!

  • Kyle Smith

    This is a a slippery slope. What most Americans do not understand is that we have 50 seperate elections to elect a President, not one national election like many ignorant people think. This is not what the founding fathers intended, nor do I think it is constitutional.

    • Legion

      I agree with the point you’re trying to make, but I fail to see how it is relevant to this article.

      • Kyle Smith

        Well, if you believe the states have the right to run the elections as I do, then this article, and the bill is moot because the federal government really does not have the authority to set the rules for the individual state elections. Hope that helps you understand.

    • Spud51

      How about States rights being considered for State elections, And Federal Government rights being considered for Federal Government elections; and while we are at it, let’s repeal the 17th Amendment.!! How is that for Constitutionallity.???

      • Kyle Smith

        I have seen some articles recently about the 17th that make sense. I would be for repeal. Not sure about your first comment, because as I stated above I believe we have 50 separate state elections to elect a President. So to me, those would be fall under “state elections” . Not sure what would be considered a “federal election”.

  • Jon Scholl

    >>> A bi-partisan group of senators introduced a bill to abandon paperless voting machines in U.S. elections.

    Note: A paperless voting machine, a machine you Vote on without the use of WHITE paper…

    This will get rid of all Soros voting machines… I hope it happens man I really do.

  • Andrew Moore8

    It will not be accurate or reliable until ALL states require Identification to vote.

  • Carol

    I think it is absolutely necessary due to the insecurity of digital systems these days. They are just way too easy to hack than paper-based ballots.

  • Bunzi1964

    Awesome, while your at it , take the power plants and all gov top secret stuff off the internet. Hack proof everything that’s vulnerable…….these hacking issues where never a problem 30 years ago. A little inconvenience is a small price to pay for security.

  • taxpayer22

    Hacking the election: 37% of the precincts in Detroit reported more votes than voters..

    This is why the Democrats shut down the recount in Michigan. The only vote fraud that was coming to light was Democrat vote fraud.

  • taxpayer22

    Dirty voter rolls mean dirty elections.

    Mexico demands picture ID and controls voter fraud: Why can not the US?

    Mexico’s electoral system better than America’s..

  • anarchyst

    They should also require that ballots cast by overseas military members MUST be counted. As it stands today, most states DO NOT COUNT military absentee ballots as a matter of record.

  • anarchyst

    It is interesting to note that during previous U S elections where foreign observers were present, they were shocked and appalled to find out, that in many states, proof of citizenship or eligibility to vote was not required to cast a ballot.

  • ELIMINATE the proposal in the last line of this and it would be good. By auditing only a “fixed percentage” of votes in post election audits, it leaves those audits open to uncontestable bias if those “fixed percentage” were to include only the major metropolitan areas. Add mandatory voter ID showing proof of citizenship to this and it would be EXTREMELY good.

  • Tim

    They better do this, because the far left PREFERS paperless and internet voting for it’s “flexibility” and will probably begin a push for internet voting before 2020. Add some national voter ID requirements and we will be even farther ahead.

  • Stonecrusher

    First thing to do is make picture ID cards mandatory.

  • deborah Montanaro

    I agree with first having a photo ID. Maybe two forms of ID as this is way too important not to do so. I feel we do need paper again. I believe machines are NOT reliable as many can be targeted. The bigger the state the more people you have adding up the votes. Bottom line. Too much cheating going on with voting machines. They will find a way even if you say they can’t be hacked. Get honorable people.

  • mark abby

    What about voter ID? And what about states like California allowing noncitizens to vote? Not enough is being done to safe guard this right we have!

  • nfcapitalist

    My apologies… I couldn’t believe this good conservative would endorse paperless voting… and he wasn’t… “abandon and paperless” didn’t compute… was like a double negative.

    The issue is or seems to me to be the lack of adequately recounting and verifying the source of ones and zeros (obviously) maybe Voter ID and the paper or plastic vote itself could be “signed” or “an indelible ink fingerprint”… like seen in Afghanistan’s first democratic vote with their purple finger held up proudly?

  • Captain Mann

    These voting machines can be hacked, and they can be programmed for a desired result. There is plenty of information on the web about it including YouTube videos.

  • Victor Nazarian

    I remember wondering why the Democrats (mostly) seemed to rush into spending hundreds of millions to entrust our elections to little, expensive, unsecured Microsoft Windows computers. This was done even though there has been several decades of exceptionally noteworthy hacks of Microsoft Windows and the fact that it erased the “paper trail” that would allow analysis and verification of election results.

    Was the rush to institute a change, without due diligence or proper analysis just a push to do something, anything to try and deligitamise (sp?) the election of George W. Bush? Is the current proposed shake-up in the election hardware simply another poorly implemented political band-aid or is this going to be done correctly this time, for good reasons? I was an election judge in my local polling district and I remember thinking that the hardware and the people running the local election board were actually hurting the process rather than facilitating and securing it.

    • nfcapitalist

      There are undoubtedly efforts afoot to destroy or “fundamentally change America” and I don’t like it.

  • fredy

    Yes!! Please do it!!

  • Scotty

    It’s not the vote that counts. It’s who counts the votes.

  • Mike Davis

    Persons unknown have always had the power to fix elections. 140 years ago they stood outside booths and paid $1.00 per vote. today they hack results and fix machines. results are always suspect. Can a Sure system be created? Only until a way is found to corrupt it. Term Limits , low salaries, small staffs, for elected part time reps is the way to begin a more honest system. Term Limits Now.

    • nfcapitalist

      Paper votes… old school.

    • Legion

      Yes!! .. We need Term Limits!


  • CDG

    Simply include a paper receipt in case a recount is needed. Just like an ATM. Problem solved.

  • Uncle R

    Makes sense…

  • nfcapitalist


  • willnkc

    They should not allow mail-in or early voting.

    • nfcapitalist

      Only for our Military serving overseas.

  • Al

    We use to have old style mechanical lever Voting machines here in Allegheny county Pa. that took away most of the abilities to manipulate the election. They were mechanical with a paper journal in each machine. Every vote was recorded on mechanical counters as well as recorded on the paper journal. Any discrepancy, you went to the journal and saw every vote and who it was cast for on that machine.

  • Gnome Sane?

    Security experts seem to think it’s a good idea. However, it’s not mandatory. That means that states who want to continue using paperless voting machines can continue to do so. That’s good news for the fraudsters in questionable precincts.

  • nfcapitalist

    Explain how our votes will be protected when that infamous “CLOUD” is now “hackable?”

    …. hello?

    • Gnome Sane?

      You should probably re-read the article nfc…this time a little slower.

      • nfcapitalist

        GOT IT… with what’s been happening with government corruption my eyes just need to get…UNCROSSED!!!

  • America should also purge voting registrations universally. Registrations should take place every 4 years “with ID”

    • nfcapitalist

      Also… so why are you in support of paperless voting systems… hackers in China and even North Korea are stealing information from those companies that are selling protection to the IRS… and have lost miserably!!!??

  • All American

    Praise God🙌🏻This must me made mandatory! Every State in the Union🇺🇸

    • nfcapitalist


      • All American


        • nfcapitalist

          You are aware of the many hacking events that have occurred even of the Department of Defense?

          How easy will it be to control the elections… easier than stuffing paper votes?

          • All American

            We use paper ballots here in Florida without a problem. The electronic ballots are apparently a problem since Soros machines and his Britt subsidiary manage the election electronic voting machines! Truth

          • nfcapitalist

            Then why are you supporting this paperless voting system?

          • Rick in TX

            Reread the article.

          • nfcapitalist

            MY BAD — THANKS!

          • All American

            Oh no I believe in paper

          • Dennis Romary

            To Floridians regarding voting

            How’s it Hanging, Chad?

          • All American

            For those unaware of the Chad story…
            It comes from the Bush vs. Gore presidential election. There were issues with the ballots in Florida. Some ballots were uncountable by machine and had to be counted by hand. There was disagreement over what counted as a vote. The votes were marked by punching out a perforated box on the ballot. Sometimes the entire box didn’t come free from the ballot. The box was the “chad.” It was considered hanging if it was mostly perforated but still hung on by one corner.

          • nfcapitalist

            Laser punched holes?

          • All American

            In our part of the State we use a pencil to punch the holes then we place our ballot in a lock box!

          • Rick in TX

            I think you missed the part in the article that says they want to get rid of paperless ballots.

          • nfcapitalist

            MY BAD!!!

          • willnkc

            But much more difficult for liberals to stuff the ballot boxes with fraudulent votes.

  • nfcapitalist

    NO WAY!!!

    This IS how elections and our choice for elected leaders will be hacked or controlled by enemies foreign and domestic!!!

    Our IRS, Banks, Department of Defense, and many more institutions are and have been HACKED by NORTH KOREA… CHINA… RUSSIA… IRAN… and probably many more AMERICAN HATING OPS.

  • Larzz

    Fantastic!! Make it happen. This is looooooong overdue and it’s time to get rid of these Soros fraud boxes for good.

    • Salvatore L Trentacoste


      • nfcapitalist

        HACKER MUCH?

        Chinese military hackers will be celebrating… you do recall the recent hacking of the biggest anti-hacking business on the planet – millions of citizens SS numbers and other personal information was lost and to Countries that hate us!!

        • ZTrapper

          So how is eliminating voting machines and returning to paper ballots going to help the Chinese military hackers?

          • nfcapitalist

            I missed the word ABANDON….. mea culpa!!!

    • Chkitout1

      I have an idea!! What about voter ID laws.

      • Dennis Romary


        A Photo ID is required for buying pot….

        • The Punisher

          and every form of government assistance also requires an ID.
          but Democrats continuously claim the Blacks and immigrants are too stupid to figure out how to get them, and the Blacks and Immigrants will say the same thing, we are too stupid, please take care of us, please Massa.

        • All American

          Why must we show multiple identifications to apply for a driving, marriage, fishing, hunting or weapons license?
          Let’s willy nilly all of it!

        • nfcapitalist

          That’s a really good argument!!

      • The Punisher

        many 3rd world countries have this in place, yet in America Liberals cry disenfranchisement, yet everything in America requires an ID or some proof of who the heck you are.
        how else can you cheat, if you need proof of who you are.

        • a voice of concern

          Good idea. Actually a voter ID is required in Mexico so we can just ask them to show that one.

        • selfandmind

          List of things that require ID, are these Racist?
          1. Buy alcohol
          2. Buying Cigs
          3. Flying
          4. Opening bank account
          5. Applying for welfare
          6. Drive a car
          7. Rent a hotel
          8.Pick up a prescription
          9. Donate blood

          But you don’t need one to vote because certain people aren’t capable of getting ID?

          • The Punisher

            And technically it’s illegal to walk around without any identification.

          • Khagaraj

            Huge African American turnout despite alleged voter suppression with the ID law trounced Moore in Alabama !

          • selfandmind

            Please, please tell the world how requiring ID is voter suppression?

          • aldoro

            Those that don’t make the effort to get one DON’T deserve to vote.

      • Jon Scholl

        Great idea! Get on board and make sure your State enforces them. The Dems plan if full force CHEATING now I’m afraid. Time to fight back!

        • JL Ziegler

          Yea, good luck with the state of New Mexico. We walk to the beat of a different drum here in the Southwest. So unfortunate that our stupid dem reps here in NM think it chivalrous to lie, cheat and steal from the US if it can ultimately help a “suffering” Mexican (on US assistance) household.

          p.s. Mexican-US-dreamers have very large and extended families and all of them need at least some support.

      • David L Culberson

        We need both. Voter ID and the end of paperless voting machines.

    • “I’m a Rooster!”

      This may not sit well with the Democrats.