Delaware Public Media

Elections Commissioner confident in election security

Feb 13, 2018

Delaware Elections Commissioner Elaine Manlove says the state has started evaluating the bids to buy new voting machines in time for the 2020 presidential election.

But after learning last year Russians targeted the voter registration systems in Delaware and 20 other states, some voting rights organizations have raised concerns about this year’s midterm elections. Common Cause Delaware’s Jennifer Hill said she’s worried about using obsolete machines and with unsupported software.

“We’re not trying to scare people either though," she said. "So, we just people to know that you know considering everything that has already happened, the voters would like to make sure their vote is safe and secure.”

But Manlove said she’s confident about November’s election. She said while Russian hackers tried to get into voter data, they were unsuccessful.

Manlove added every voting machine is tested for accuracy beforehand. They’ll also hold public tests where they’ll check paper ballots against the machine’s tally.