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An excellent article in the WSJ this morning said, “The U.S. is considering classifying the country’s election system as part of its ‘critical infrastructure’, putting it on par with the electrical and banking systems…” The White House added, “The president has confidence in the integrity of our electoral process and everybody else should, too.” Not to be disrespectful, but I doubt our political leaders are aware of the state of our voting infrastructure. In 2000, there was the famous incident of the “hanging” chads. A bigger issue existed that year and continues today. Millions of votes go uncounted because of old machines, ballots lost in the mail, ballots which are confusing, running out of ballots, and errors. Our processes for voter registration and voting are archaic. Thousands of voting machines use Windows XP and Windows 2000 to process votes. This software that has not had a security patch in many years. The growing volume of Vote by Mail introduces more opportunity for fraud. Millions of military and overseas American citizens depend on paper ballots and the USPS plus foreign postal services. Many votes don’t make it to the voting precinct on time or are not processed. Our military is protecting us, but we don’t give them a modern way to vote.

Hacking into a political party system is terrible, but I am more worried about the old fashioned way we vote. For the last eight months, I have been researching this topic. My new book, Election Attitude – How Internet Voting Leads to a Stronger Democracy, will be published in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned.

Read the WSJ article: U.S. Considers Classifying Election System as ‘Critical Infrastructure’ – WSJ