Former State Lawmakers Sue Over Election Security

July 12, 2018, 11:50 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — How safe is your vote in South Carolina? A former state lawmaker says you should be worried when heading to the ballot box.

He filed a 45-page lawsuit that details what it calls unreliability of the current digital voting machines in the state.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by former state senator Phil Leventis and Frank Heindel, a Lowcountry businessman, says the machines are old with flaws that could make them vulnerable to hacking.

Both men want to force the State Election Commission to replace the machines with new ones that would also have paper backup systems.

“We’re asking that the state be required, as soon as possible, to get machines that are much more secure against hacking, errors, hopefully – we didn’t ask this – but hopefully much less expensive in terms of maintenance, because the counties have to maintain them,” said Leventis. “If we can get that, then we are done.”

The State Election Commission issued a statement saying in part, “We are continuing to work with the General Assembly to obtain funding to replace the statewide voting system. Until funding is obtained, we will continue to use our current voting system. No system is ever 100% secure.”