Are electronic voting machines actually safer and cheaper than hand-counted ballots? With international hacking a frequent news topic, another look at the relative merits of the two systems may be in order.

How would machines stand up to paper ballots in a head-to-head test of serious hacking? How often does software have to be patched to evade the latest electronic threat?

How skilled are the security experts responsible for computer integrity at the state and local level? What are their taxpayer-funded salaries?

What does it cost overall to guarantee tamper-free machine performance? Does paper balloting cost more? If so, is it worth more?

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that there was definite Russian meddling with U.S. electoral activity last year. Ballot security is said to vary from one state to the next. What will be our response?

W.A. Morgan, La Crosse

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