Many of the 11,000 voting machines in New Jersey are so old, officials said, they will soon have to be replaced. Amid concerns about hacking, state lawmakers are examining how to make sure new machines will be more secure. While there’s no evidence of hacking, the machines are hackable, said Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, D-Middlesex. And Princeton computer science professor Andrew Appel said he could quickly break the security seals on a voting machine, replace the chip that records the results, and reseal it so the tampering would be undetectable. “I was able to get a bunch of them and figure out what their weaknesses are,” he said during a hearing before lawmakers Thursday. “So if you have three or four seals on there, it’ll take me 10 minutes to get them off.”
… Internet voting might seem like a way to make it easier for more people to participate in elections, but Appel said it would be a disaster.
“It would be so easy to hack. Not only in the server that you connect to that’s counting up the votes,” he said. “But if your computer is hacked because some virus has gone around and taken over your machine, then it could interfere with the app that’s allowing you to vote … you think you’re voting for these candidates, but it’s transmitting completely different votes to the server.”