Election security experts see cracks in South Carolina’s current voting system. Elizabeth Howard works as Cybersecurity and Elections Counsel with the Brennan Center for Justice in Washington, D.C. Howard said an aging election system could impact every vote in South Carolina. “Election security is an issue that faces every eligible voter in the state of South Carolina and across the country,” Howard told WYFF News 4. “There is widespread agreement, bipartisan agreement, that the current situation is very concerning.”
WYFF News 4 investigates found that the Palmetto State has one of the most vulnerable election security systems in the country. Election officials installed the current voting machines back in 2004, which Howard called a problem that needs immediate attention.
“This equipment is at the end of its expected life period,” the election security specialist said. “You don’t have a computer from 2004. You don’t have a phone from 2004. Your car probably isn’t from 2004, and if it was, you’d be working to maintain it and upgrade it.”