TOPEKA — Kansas Sen. Richard Hilderbrand plans to introduce legislation in the upcoming session that would ban county election officials from using electronic voting machines that don’t provide a paper backup.
The Galena Republican says he is worried about the potential for hackers to gain access to electronic machines and manipulate the outcome of an election. Counties across Kansas use a variety of polling place equipment, including touchscreen devices.
A state law passed in 2018 restricts new purchases of electronic voting systems to models that provide a paper printout of each ballot cast. Four counties still use direct-recording electronic machines, or DREs, that don’t provide a paper trail.