As the investigation of Russia’s role in the 2016 Presidential election continues, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) finally announced which states experienced hacking attempts within the last year. Among those targeted was Delaware. With only three Electoral College votes and a consistent Democratic voting record in the last seven presidential elections, it is bizarre to see Delaware in the company of swing states like Wisconsin, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. However, unlike Virginia, which is updating its voting system to ensure election security, Delaware is updating its voting system for a very different reason: efficiency.
In March of this year, the Delaware Voting Machine Task Force met for the first time to discuss a strategy in updating Delaware’s voting machines. Currently, Delaware has about 1,600 Danaher ELECTronic 1242 voting machines, which were state of the art—back in 1995. However, 22 years later, organizations such as the ACLU, the Delaware Alliance for Community Advancement, and the League of Women Voters are requesting these machines be replaced. Aside from outdated machines, Delaware is just one of five states without a voter-verified paper trail, providing another reason to update the current system.
Full Article: Who Would Dare Hack Delaware? – State of Elections.