From a national point of view, voting seems kind of scary at the moment. One story after another is surfacing about vulnerabilities in electronic voting systems. A quick internet search would likely bring up how it is possible to hack into some of them remotely, exposing Americans’ fundamental freedom to vote and leaving their political future up for grabs. But anyone who casts a ballot in Oklahoma can rest easy. Yes, it has those electronic machines that take ballots and count them digitally, but those are not the ones being talked about when it comes to hackers or vote manipulators.
And the state system retains an important verification system, one that’s been around since the very beginning.
“It all comes back to paper ballots,” Bill Pretty, assistant deputy secretary at the Cleveland County Election Board, said.
The machines used in Oklahoma were created by an Austin-based company, Hart InterCivic, and have been used since the 2012 Presidential Election. They were made by Hart specifically for Oklahoma using some of its own funds and money provided by the federal Help America Vote Act.