Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Robert Reich: The Trump Administration is Doing Nothing -- Nada-- Zero -- to Prevent Elections Hacking

Our democracy – and our confidence in it – undergirds the legitimacy of the United States government. Yet on Election Day 2016, South Carolina alone recorded nearly 150,000 attempts to penetrate its voter-registration system, according to a post-election report by the South Carolina State Election Commission.

If hackers were that persistent against a state that Trump won comfortably with 54.9 percent of the vote, it seems likely they targeted political swing states even more.

So what is the Trump administration doing to prevent even more hacking in 2018 and in future presidential elections? Nothing. Nada. Zero. Instead, it’s conducting a sham investigation of voting fraud by Hillary voters, under the auspices of Trump’s trumped-up commission on voting fraud.

What is the Republican Congress doing about it? Nothing. Instead, it’s trying to tamp down public concern about Russian meddling.

What are the states doing about it? A few are investing in more secure voting systems, along with ballots with paper trails that can be checked. Most states are doing nothing.

Hello, people? Our democracy has been attacked, and it’s likely to be attacked even more belligerently next year. This is the biggest immediate threat to the future legitimacy of United States government, yet for all the concern emanating from Republican in Washington you’d think nothing had occurred.

What happened to patriotism?

Judy Watson, right, helped her husband Joseph
vote in the U.S. general election on Nov. 8, 2016,
at a polling place in Dillon, S.C.

Photo: Randall Hill/Reuters