Paper Ballots Are the Future of Election Security, Report Says

No one was more surprised than Pitt Cyber’s David Hickton to discover that the future of election security is paper.

Not the hanging chads that caused chaos in the 2000 presidential election, but hand-marked paper ballots for mandatory post-election audits.

Yet there was Mr. Hickton, founding director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security, stating definitively that there is no digital solution to election hackers that will work better than a paper-trail backup.

That is the main conclusion of the independent, bipartisan Blue Ribbon Commission on Pennsylvania Election Security that released on Jan. 28 after an eight-month study.

Read more at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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