German Minister Defends Country's 'Secure' Elections: 'We Don't Use Voting Machines'
'We don’t have a situation with voting machines that we may know from the US'
German officials say their elections are "secure" due to the fact that they do not use voting machines, unlike the United States.
Dr. Theil said the country's elections are more secure because they do not use voting machines.
Deutsche Welle reported:
At a press conference on Wednesday flanked by the heads of Germany’s election authority, domestic intelligence agency, the BfV, and cybersecurity agency, the BSI, Seehofer laid out the security threats to Germany’s election and how the authorities are planning to fend them off…
…Thiel was also keen to underline the fact that Germany does not use voting machines like in the US.
“We don’t have a situation with voting machines that we may know from the US."
"The actual voting procedure at the polling station is old school,” said Thiel.
“When I explained to a senior official from the Interior Ministry recently that it works with paper and pencil, he said, ‘that reassures me.’”
“We have no voting machines — at the end of the day, it’s the ballot paper that gets counted,” he said.
He also said any citizen has the right to witness votes being counted.
Meanwhile, German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer blasted claims of voter fraud ahead of Germany's general election while highlighting threats of cyberattacks.
At a press conference on Wednesday flanked by the heads of Germany's election authority, domestic intelligence agency, the BfV, and cybersecurity agency, the BSI, Seehofer laid out the security threats to Germany's election and how the authorities are planning to fend them off.
"Our authorities will do everything thinkable to make sure the Bundestag election will be carried out in an orderly and secure way," Seehofer told reporters.
But it fell to Federal Returning Officer Georg Thiel, the man charged with overseeing Germany's elections, to fill in the details, specifically rejecting the claims of potential mail-in voter fraud made by MPs for the far-right AfD party.
Much like in the US, the coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in the number of mail-in votes during 2021, a "super election year" when Germany is staging six state elections and a national election.
Meanwhile, in the U.S, the Arizona Senate president confirmed that the audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County discovered totals "do not match" the certified results.
AZ Senate President Karen Fann said further investigation is required to learn how wide the discrepancy is.
Fann told local KTAR News host Mike Broomhead that auditors "haven't released the number yet."
"However, we do know that those numbers do not match with Maricopa County at this point,” she added.
Last month, an Arizona county said it would be replacing voting machines used in the 2020 election because they were 'compromised."
“Today, Maricopa County responded to Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ May 20, 2021 letter, in which she informed the County it should never again use the subpoenaed tabulation equipment that was compromised by the Arizona Senate,” county officials said in a statement at the time.