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Wyden backs new bill requiring paper ballots

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Senate Democrats have proposed a bill that would mandate the use of paper ballots in U.S. elections — an effort they say will make elections more secure.

Sen. Ron Wyden will introduce the bill at the Multnomah County Elections Office on Friday morning. The Oregon senator said they’re making the push for paper ballots because the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

The paper ballot bill would also ban all internet WiFi and mobile connections to voting machines to limit the potential for cyber interference and hacking. 

According to Wyden’s office, the bill would provide a one-time grant program for states to buy ballot-scanning machines.

Oregon and Washington already use paper ballots in elections — something Wyden says makes the states’ elections more secure.

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