Are Texas voting systems susceptible to a hack? Who polices wrongdoing at the polls? Should lawmakers make any changes to help Texas elections run more smoothly? State senators met Thursday to address concerns of fraud, irregularities and weaknesses in the system. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick tasked a Senate select panel to address a handful of issues pertaining to election security. Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, who chairs the committee, said there are few rights more precious than the right to vote. He said he expected the bipartisan group to take a “thorough look” at making possible changes to “ensure Texas is still leading on voting security.”
Rice University professor Dr. Dan Wallach testified about election hacking and system vulnerabilities. He said foreign powers are willing to “tamper with our democracy,” and that we as a society have an obligation to “make sure everything is lifted to the level that it can withstand… an attack.”
He said old problems with paper ballots would be swapped out with new problems with electronic voting.
The recommendations presented to lawmakers on Thursday will be taken into consideration when the committee compiles information to decide if future action ought to be taken to further secure Texas’ election security measures.