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See How Likely It Is That Your Voting Booth Gets Hacked

The most vulnerable machines are largely in Republican-leaning counties

By Haley Sweetland Edwards and Chris Wilson | 19 September 2016

TIME — In a world where we can program our refrigerators to order more milk or conjure images of distant galaxies with a few swipes on a smartphone, it’s significant that the best, most reliable technology available on Election Day 2016 is good, old-fashioned paper.

“It seems counterintuitive, but paper is a technology that just happens to work really well for elections,” says Pamela Smith, the president of Verified Voting, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for accurate and transparent elections. “You can’t hack a piece of paper. Voters can mark it and see their vote, and then the ballots can be collected and double-checked.”

The following map uses data compiled by Verified Voting on county-by-county voting technology to track which regions—and, therefore, which parties’ base supporters—are most vulnerable to election tampering, even if the odds are remote. Use the search feature or zoom in manually to see what technology your county uses. []

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