National: Voters’ distrust of election security is just as powerful as an actual hack, officials worry | The Washington Post
As millions of people across the country vote in eight different primaries today, state officials are working hard to secure the elections from hackers. But officials say there’s a more pressing, albeit abstract, challenge: Keeping voters confident that their vote is safe. The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that a major goal of Russia’s campaign to interfere in the 2016 presidential election through cyberattacks on 21 states and national political organizations was to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process. By that count, election officials say, they’re already succeeding in this cycle — without breaching a single system. Just the fear of digital sabotage — and the perception that voting machines are hackable — is enough to scare voters into a lack of confidence in the democratic process, election officials lament.