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New Jersey Electronic Voting Concerns

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How easy is it to steal your votes in New Jersey? Last week the New Jersey appeals court ruled that the state does not have to have a paper backup to verify the results of our electronic voting machines. This was the latest step in an ongoing legal battle involving many politicians and community groups.

With major elections approaching here in the Garden State many residents and politicians have expressed concern that the voting computers we use can easily be hacked to change results.

Princeton Professor Andrew Appel demonstrated how easy it is to hack into our voting computers by simply using a pocketknife and screwdriver. It’s as easy as picking a lock, unscrewing 10 screws, replacing a chip and then putting it back together. He did this in less than 7 minutes.

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora introduced legislation in New Jersey and recently joined a lawsuit to require a paper trail in all elections. “What we would like to do is continue with the electronic voting booth, but have a paper trail so that we can verify.” He said.

The Lawsuit was initially filed in 2004 and after its' appeal last week, New Jersey Courts did express concerns but asked for more information before they will require a paper backup.

The problem here is that there’s no paper trail so it’s impossible to tell if the hacking has happened before.

The courts are waiting for more information, but for now electronic voting critics say we’re left to trust a system that we can’t verify.

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