The American Civil Liberties Union, Common Cause, Delaware Alliance for Community Advancement, the League of Women Voters and the Sierra Club came together Aug. 10 to highlight the need for secure and accurate elections.

Delaware’s voting machines are more than 20 years old. The technology used by these machines is obsolete, unsupported by current software and has no paper trail.

Jennifer Hill, program director and lobbyist for Common Cause Delaware said to safeguard democracy, Delaware must upgrade its voting equipment to protect against software failure or possible hacking.

Sandra Spence, advocacy chair of the League of Women Voters, outlined the technology needed to ensure the security of elections — voting machines with a paper trail and electronic poll books.

Darleen Battle, executive director of the Delaware Alliance for Community Advancement emphasized the need for the state to acquire enough new machines for equitable and sufficient distribution and for the technology to support future reforms such as early voting, same day registration and automatic registration.