These questions are being asked not only in India, but also in America since 2016. Ever since it was alleged that Russia interfered in the last US presidential election, many steps have been taken to secure the citizens’ vote in America.
Is the election rigged …?
Did our vote go to what we wanted to give…?
Are external forces trying to rig the election …?
These questions are being asked not only in India, but also in America since 2016. Ever since it was alleged that Russia interfered in the last US presidential election, many steps have been taken to secure the citizens’ vote in America. In the Corona era – when a large number of people are opting for the postal ballot instead of going to the polling booth and voting – security has become even more important.
Election Integrity Fellow David Levine of the Alliance for Securing Democracy, an initiative of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, says the Department of Homeland Security has considered the election sensitive since 2016 to protect the US election. Because US elections are fairly decentralized, federal agencies such as DHS and FBI advise and investigate states regarding election security.
The interesting thing is that the process of registering to vote in different states of America, the process of voting by post, the process of going to vote itself before the voting day of November 3 can be different. . But voter registration and voter information is same in every state. Levin says that an important step that security agencies have taken is that every vote in 2020 will be a paper trail or proof of paper vote. Previously, some voters may have voted through a paperless voting machine, but according to DHS, this time around 92 percent voters will vote on paper, so it can be audited. The same is true in India now, when the vote on EVM is also paper proof.
Although it takes time to count votes, but due to excessive use of postal ballot due to Kovid, counting may not be completed till the election night. However the danger in this is – David Levine says that at this time some foreign forces may spread false news, like – voters have been suppressed, cyber attacks have taken place, the electoral structure has been attacked, electoral rigging and so on.
But this time it will be difficult to interfere in the election in any way, because not only will there be a paper trail of votes, but there is more number of people who vote early or go first and if there is a problem then the voters can come back and vote. Votes coming from the post can be tracked and cyber security is very vigilant.
But overall, the paper trail machines are being trusted the most, which is also considered important because President Donald Trump has already doubted the election results and is not saying that he will accept the results or No. In such a case, if the case reaches the court, then the proof of paper, which vote was cast, will prove to be the most important.