As push for recount continues, expert assesses integrity of voting machines

 (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philadelphia elections officials are granting a request to recount presidential election results in 75 precincts. But they’re rejecting a Green Party request to inspect election software on those machines for malware that could have manipulated votes.

That decision comes amid a broader Green Party push for statewide recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — states where Donald Trump narrowly beat Hillary Clinton.

Those calling for the recount claim voting machines can be hacked easily. But just how susceptible are they?

Penny Venetis is a professor at the Rutgers Law School who specializes in constitutional law, including voting rights. She’s spending a sabbatical as the executive vice president and legal director at Legal Momentum, a women’s legal defense and education fund.

She spoke with WHYY senior reporter Dave Davies about the potential for voting machine hacking and possible remedies.

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