No, we don’t need to go to paper ballots because we didn’t get hacked. The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan suggested on NBC’s Meet The Press over the weekend that we should start transitioning to paper ballots to avoid a possible partisan crackup in America if an election is contested based on such an event (via RCP):
PEGGY NOONAN: I would say, here’s my big concern. We are, as we all know, a deeply divided country. We have these
partisan fights, they’re very rough and tough, this side watches this, the other side watches this, we’re not in the
same information flow. One thing that could damage this nation terribly is having a national election where the
outcome is unclear because we got hacked.
The states is a national election. By the year 2020, right away we should start saying, “You’ve got to go paper
ballots.” We’ll figure out all this Internet magic, technological stuff, but for now, paper ballots in America so
Ohio knows how it voted.
Yet, vote tallies weren’t hacked; the Department of Homeland Security said so last year. Even the Obama administration said that the “will of the American people” was reflected in the 2016 election, with the DHS noting they did not detect “any increased level of malicious cyberactivity aimed at disrupting our electoral process on Election Day.”
The Washington Post also reported after the 2016 election that it’s virtually impossible to hack an American election: