Early voters cast their ballot in a flower shop furnished as a polling station during the Dutch municipal council elections at the railway station of Castricum on March 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANP / OLAF KRAAK netherlands out (Photo credit should read OLAF KRAAK/AFP/Getty Images)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Better safe than sorry.
That’s the Dutch government’s approach to dealing with the fear of Russian election hacking. The tech-savvy country scaled back the use of computers to count votes and opted for an all-paper, all-manual election this month. It is one of the more drastic responses to a threat that France and Germany, which also hold elections this year, have also started to grapple with.
The Dutch government has known about some of the vulnerabilities in the voting software since 2006 and banned electronic voting in 2007, but has been publicly — and frequently — reminded ever since by academics and hackers of vulnerabilities in the software used to count the votes. A decade later, the country still hasn’t come up with a secure tech system to cast and count votes.
It was only after the U.S. blamed Russia for hacking during the presidential election cycle last year that the Netherlands announced it was dropping computers entirely. …
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