01:06 GMT06 August 2021
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    A subsidy of about $160 million would allow states to purchase polling systems in which results could be audited, providing absolute protection against cyber tampering, US Senator August King wrote in a letter to leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Individual states and local precincts are responsible for organizing and running polls in US national elections. As a result, votes are tallied by a hodgepodge of different systems, many of which offer no mechanism to double check results.

    "A simple and effective solution to the cybersecurity vulnerability of our voting systems is available immediately: audit the results of elections instead of trying to secure computer systems," King wrote to the leaders of US Senate Appropriations Subcommittee.

    "Risk limiting audits can provide a check on computer tallies to solve for malicious tampering and provide authoritative confirmation about the outcome," King’s letter stated.

    Fears of voter fraud shadowed the 2016 US presidential election amid fears of partisan tampering at the local level and warnings that foreign hackers could somehow alter the results.

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