Should Tennessee be doing more to safeguard our elections? According to a ThinkTennessee poll, 68 percent of Tennessee voters think so. And with good reason. The Department of Homeland Security this fall informed 21 states that their 2016 elections were targeted by Russian hackers. Thankfully, Tennessee was not one of those states. But as the CIA director recently said, he has “every expectation” that Russia will continue to try to interfere with the upcoming midterm elections.
We know the problem. What we need now are solutions. And we need those solutions to protect our election system’s physical elements, such as our voting machines, and its digital elements, like voter data for millions of Tennesseans.
In light of recent threats, many states, both red and blue, have ramped up efforts to replace outdated voting machines with new, more modern and secure ones. Tennessee should be no exception. But many of our voting machines haven’t been updated in a decade or more.