Politics

Germany Refuses to Use Voting Machines Like The United States Over Fears of Fraud, Will Only Use Paper Ballots

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As Germany braces itself for its general election coming in September, talks of cybersecurity and election integrity buzz around the scene.

As Americans, we’re no strangers to voter fraud allegations. After all, just look around at what’s taken the country by storm since the November election (the Arizona audit, the thousands of affidavits delivered to officials in Michigan, tightened voter integrity laws to cite a few).

But, according to Deutsche Welle, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer looks to stave off potential voter fraud and software hacking claims from the “far-right” with one move the U.S. could learn from in the future: Avoiding voting machines.

But one aspect of Germany’s September election resembles what Americans witnessed in November: The country anticipates an especially high number of mail-in ballots.

“In Germany, mail-in votes are checked against the voter registry as they arrive and [are] kept in a locked ballot box in a secure location until election day to prevent tampering,” DW reported.

“The ballot box for in-person votes is also locked and watched by at least three people from the electoral board to make sure no unauthorized ballots are added. When voting ends at 6 p.m. on election day, the boxes are then opened in the presence of all members of the electoral committee and observers and counted.”

Federal Returning Officer Georg Thiel, the man responsible for overseeing Germany’s elections, highlighted that the country does not use voting machines, but instead opts for paper ballots that are hand-counted.

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