‘They think they are above the law’: the firms that own America’s voting system

In the second of a two-part series: How a few private companies that have little oversight and keep information secret run US elections Maryland congressman Jamie Raskin is a newcomer to the cause of reforming Americas vote-counting machines, welcomed through baptism by fire. In 2015, Marylands main election system vendor was bought by a parent company with ties to a Russian oligarch. The states election officials did not know about the purchase until July 2018, when the investigated and did not find any evidence of tampering or sharing of voter data. But the incident was a giant red flag as to the potential vulnerabilities of American democracy especially as many states have outsourced vote-counting to the private sector. After all, …