The country’s voting machines are susceptible to hacking, which could be done in a way so that it leaves no fingerprints, making it impossible to know whether the outcome was changed, computer experts told President Trump’s voter integrity commission yesterday. The testimony marked a departure for the commission, which was formed to look into fraud and barriers to voting, but also heard that a greater threat to confidence in American elections is the chance for enemy actors to meddle.
Ronald Rivest, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said hackers have myriad ways of attacking voting machines Bar codes on ballots and smartphones in voting locations could give hackers a chance to rewrite results in ways that couldn’t be traceable, short of sampling of ballots or hand recounts — but those work only in cases where there’s a paper trail. To ignore the fact that the computers are completely hackable and to try to run elections, relying entirely on a computer program on who won is entirely irresponsible,” said Princeton University professor Mr. Appel. The revelations stunned members of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which was holding its second meeting in New Hampshire