The end of the line is nearing for Ohio’s electronic voting machines, which a new report indicates could cause trouble during the 2016 election. According to the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, 90 percent of Ohio counties are using machines that are 10 years old. Report co-author Christopher Famighetti says that’s much longer than the machines are designed to last. “Most of us don’t keep our laptops, desktops, over a decade, and that’s the type of technology that most of the machines in use today are using,” he explains.
Joshua Eck, press secretary for Secretary of State Jon Husted, agrees the equipment is old, but he says it’s not failing. “It’s not in a dire strait yet, but it’s something that needs to be on everybody’s thoughts, and we need to begin preparing to upgrade the equipment in the next couple of years,” he acknowledges.
Famighetti points out that after time, machine parts including memory cards and motherboards are prone to failure, which he says can result in long lines at the polls.