Georgia is in line for more than $10 million in federal funds to help with election security as part of a spending bill recently passed by Congress, but voters statewide are still set to cast ballots during the 2018 midterms on ageing equipment labeled vulnerable. The direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machines used in Georgia since 2002 have no paper trail allowing voters to check their choices are recorded accurately. Thirteen states still use DRE machines, and Georgia is one of five states were they’re used exclusively.
Cyber security experts, national security officials, and state lawmakers make up a growing crowd saying that leaves elections vulnerable to possible hacking and doubt.
“Probably the biggest risk going into 2018 election is that there will be efforts to discredit the integrity of the election,” said Larry Norden, deputy director of New York University Law School’s Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program.