Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04, which includes parts of Tucker) has introduced the bipartisan Verifying Official Totals for Elections or VOTE Act, H.R. 6246, which would require jurisdictions using electronic voting machines for federal elections to deposit the software or source code in the National Software Reference Library at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In the case of a contested election and or recount, the VOTE Act would allow qualified persons to review the source code to ensure its accuracy and reliability.
“Computers can fail. And they’re never perfectly secure,” said Rep. Johnson. “The VOTE Act goes a long way to protect the sanctity of the voting process, provides transparency and helps ensure accuracy in elections – the fundamental underpinning of our democracy.” As it stands now, elections system manufacturers are not obligated to report problems to supervisors of elections or state voting officials.