Cybersecurity Experts Caution the Use of Voting Apps

The glitches in the app used to vote during the Iowa caucus has local cybersecurity experts cautioning the use of electronic voting as a whole.

Posted: Feb 5, 2020 7:03 PM
Updated: Feb 5, 2020 7:07 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)- The glitches in the app used to vote during the Iowa caucus has local cybersecurity experts cautioning the use of electronic voting as a whole. The Iowa Democratic Party released results late due to what they called a glitch in the app used by precinct chairs to report caucus results.
The party stressed that the flaw didn't impact the accuracy of the data and that there's been no sign of hacking. Local cybersecurity expert Eugene Spafford says what happened in Iowa should serve as a reminder that electronic voting isn't reliable.
“The machines here in Tippecanoe county I've been telling people for years are not really a good solution because if something were to happen to one machine or many machines we have no way of going back and reconstructing the vote or determining if it was done correctly,” said Spafford.
By 2029, all voting equipment in the state will be required to have a voter-verifiable paper trail. Cybersecurity experts say Indiana needs to make paper backups a priority sooner.

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