Congress could take action of its own. There are several bills, such as the Secure Elections Act, that seek to impose federal standards for voting machines, and provide funding to replace outdated equipment.
But even if the new legislation is passed before the elections, there would unlikely be enough time for the protections to be put in place by November.
“There has to be a sense of urgency and there doesn’t seem to be,” Mr Schneider told Wired.
“People just need to put aside politics for one second and look at this in terms of a national security issue for our democracy. We really need to shore up election security, because this is the foundation on which everything rests.”