Rep. Devin Nunes, the head of the House Intelligence Committee, has endorsed banning the use of electronic voting systems to reduce the risk of further election meddling.
“The one thing we’ve been warning about for many, many years on the intelligence committee is about the electronic voting systems. Those are really dangerous in my opinion, and should not be used,” Mr. Nunes, California Republican, said in an interview aired Thursday on Hill.TV’s “Rising.”
“I think anybody that does that, and that’s communicating over the web, it’s going to be a challenge. So you have to make sure that you limit that as much as possible, and we need a paper trail so that you can go back in case you have to do a manual recount,” Mr. Nunes added.
The congressman suggested banning electronic voting systems in response to a question raised concerning the state of election security, and particularly whether the November 2018 midterms will be able to withstand any potential interference on par with efforts waged during the 2016 U.S. presidential race.
Russian hackers set their sights on American computer systems during the 2016 race while conducting state-sponsored operations targeting the election itself and particularly the campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, according to U.S. officials.
Separate from breaching both the Democratic National Committee and the personal email account of Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta, Russian hackers also attempted to tamper with voting systems in at least 21 states, the Trump administration acknowledged previously.
In addition to stealing sensitive material from both the DNC and Clinton campaign, Russians also stole data involving roughly 500,000 voters from a state election board and successfully compromised a company that manufactures software used to verify voter registration information, the Department of Justice has determined. Special counsel Robert Mueller charged a dozen Russian military officials last month on related charges.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly denied meddling in the 2016 White House race. President Trump, meanwhile, said earlier this week that he’s “very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact” on the November midterms and that he believed Moscow will try to aid Democratic candidates in 2018.
Mr. Putin admitted earlier this month that he wanted Mr. Trump to win the 2016 race, and the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee concluded in May that Russia meddled in the race to hurt Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.
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