Although there has been no concrete evidence that votes were unlawlfully altered during the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, a leaked National Security Agency report appears to prove that Russian hackers attempted to compromise the electronic poll book software in numerous states. The scope of this hacking has not yet been determined, but, regardless of the possibly unprecedented interference, cybersecurity experts are already looking toward making future elections as free from outside influence as possible. They cite greater reliance on paper ballots and post-election audits as possible solutions to ensuring greater voter legitimacy down the line.
Stressing the necessity of finding a proper solution as soon as possible, EWI Global Vice President Bruce McConnell told USA Today, “Maybe we dodged a bullet this time and there was no actual vote tampering. Next time we may not be so lucky.”
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