The mechanic finishes repairing your car. “I fixed that power steering lines,” he says. “But I noticed the clutch is about to fail. Maybe next week or next month, but you’re living on borrowed time.” So what do you do? You have him install a new clutch, of course. It’s too dangerous not to. Alarmingly, Texas policy makers have not applied this logic to our state’s voting systems. Cyber experts have warned that many electronic voting machines used in Texas and 13 other states are vulnerable to hacking because they do not produce paper records as a backup. But in recent months, counties have spent millions of dollars on new voting machines that, yet again, do not keep paper records.
The American intelligence community asserts that Russia has tried to breach our voting systems for more than two years. The midterm elections are just seven months away, yet in many cases Texas systems remain as vulnerable as during the 2016 elections.
What makes this issue more maddening is that state and federal officials have focused on election security problems that simply fail to exist.