The confirmation of foreign influence in the 2016 Presidential Election has left advocates of fair and equal voting furious and concerned over the vulnerability in our elections. Of these included the Center for American Progress (CAP). This organization tested their suspicions of improper voting operations by investigating voting practices in the past election.
Earlier this year, CAP researchers presented their findings. They assessed each state on seven different criteria:
- Cybersecurity standards for voter registration systems;
- voter-verified paper audit trail;
- post-election audits;
- ballot accounting and reconciliation;
- return of voter paper absentee ballots;
- voting machine certification requirements;
- pre-election logic and accuracy testing.
Each area was graded on a scale from A to F. Based on their criteria, not one area received an A. The highest rating was a B, an award given to a mere 11 states. Twenty-three states received a C, 12 a D, and five states received an F.