By Daniel Uria | UPI
As key midterm elections approach, U.S. authorities are taking measures to make sure the balloting is secure and free of foreign influence.
For years, a number of polling places have gone more high-tech with electronic voting machines. Fears about vulnerabilities in the systems, however, are turning eyes to a strikingly low-tech option — paper ballots.
The United States largely moved away from paper ballots after the 2004 Help America Vote Act replaced lever and punch-card voting machines with Direct Recording Electronic, or DRE, systems. The reform was a direct result of the notoriously contested 2000 presidential election, which triggered weeks of recounts and multiple complaints about paper ballots in Florida.
With Russia’s purported interference in the 2016 vote, though, many election officials now believe the old way of doing things might be more secure.
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