Ever since hackers broke into the Democratic National Committee’s email server, the specter of a foreign government controlling the election has become a near panic-inducing fear for some voters — especially if you follow social media chatter.
After all, if hackers could break into the DNC and steal emails about staffers’ pizza orders, what’s to stop them from changing the entire outcome of the 2016 election? A lot actually — including government officials regularly checking voting machines for suspicious activity.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t cause for some concern. A good number of machines out there are still vulnerable to attack. And some are so laughably easy to hack, or just so plain faulty, that the vast majority of states have completely done away with them. Still, about 25% of voters will have to use those older machines.
It’s unlikely anything will happen during the national election, but it’s worth understanding the risks and how we got here.
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