Voting Machine Security

By: Kara Tsuboi
By: Kara Tsuboi

When it comes to your voted being counted, how secure are Nevada's electronic voting machines?

The prevalent argument these days is that the electronic voting method is far more secure than paper, with less room for error. One of the biggest reasons? Less human involvement with the process.

More than twelve hundred voting machines alone will be used in Washoe County's General Election...and according to Dan Burke, the Registrar of Voters, all should run smoothly on November 7th.

The first precaution comes well before the machines are rolled out for early voting. Each is checked once, some twice...and several safety seals are put into place so no one can tamper with them.

The machines also have three ways to verify a vote. The first is with the paper record...it will never be valid as an actual vote should there be a recount, but it does serve its purpose of a paper audit.

The second method is through an electronic results cartridge inside the machine.

And finally, the machines themselves keep a record of everything computed, from routine maintenance to voting numbers.

There's also one more way to ensure your vote got counted.

After the election, the certification board randomly checks 2 percent of the voting machines, to make sure they properly recorded votes.

So far, Washoe County has scored a perfect 100 percent rate.


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