Tuesday is primary election day in Wisconsin. With races for governor, U.S. Senate and other offices, turnout is expected to be the highest since the presidential election in November 2016. Donald Trump’s win in that election spurred a lot of national concern over election tampering. While some voters still aren’t sure the system is secure, Wisconsin officials say the public shouldn’t be worried about ballot security. After early voting last week at the Zeidler Municipal Building in downtown Milwaukee, Anthony Brown said he considers hacking of voting machines a legitimate threat. “Anything that somebody can access from the other side of the world — I mean anywhere — any computer-oriented person can dictate what’s going on inside of that machine,” Brown said.
Another early voter, Sienna Bickham, said hacking is especially a concern in close elections. “I’m never very confident in the voting unless it’s like some sort of landslide where we knew who the candidate was going to be outright, I guess,” Bickham said.
Skepticism about the integrity of voting is not something election officials like to hear as they get ready for the big day. So, those officials are speaking up.
Election Commission Executive Director Neil Albrecht said the machines are tamper proof. “They are held in a locked and secure space until election day, when the poll workers arrive and then everything comes out and the site is set up for voting,” he said.