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States Struggle to Update Election Systems for 2020

  • Expense, outdated rules among obstacles to election security
  • Federal commission debating improvements for equipment
An official pushes a cart containing full ballot boxes in San Francisco, California, on Nov. 8, 2016. 
Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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U.S. states operating outdated and insecure voting machines face major hurdles in protecting them in time for the 2020 presidential election, officials said at a meeting of elections experts.

Budgets are strained, decision-making authority is diffuse and standards put in place years ago haven’t kept up with today’s cyberthreats, according to testimony Thursday to the Election Assistance Commission in Silver Spring, Maryland.