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Protecting Election Integrity Through Cybersecurity

 

As with any electronic systems, election systems can be subject to unauthorized access and tampering by bad actors. Election officials must and do take steps to protect the security of all election systems.

 

Before the 2016 election, one state’s voter registration system was hacked but no records were changed and some election official access credentials were obtained in Arizona and at the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), but likewise, no records were changed. Attempts to access other systems, many of which were “scans” to assess system security that systems deflect on a daily basis, have been inflated in the media and by liberal activists to justify further federal intervention in election administration.

 

In response to the alleged “hacking” of the 2016 election by Russian agents, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated elections as critical infrastructure in January 2017 and Congress has considered many pieces of legislation regarding cybersecurity in elections.

 

Initially, DHS was reluctant to work with election officials or understand election administration systems, but through the persistence of the EAC and state election officials around the country, DHS is finally beginning to make efforts to understand election administration, share cybersecurity information, and actually assist election officials. Likewise, members of Congress have begun to take the concerns of election officials over the federalization of elections seriously and recognized that the states have the expertise to best protect their election systems from unauthorized access and tampering.

 

 

Resources:

 

Analysis of the Secure Elections Act

 

Elections – Critical Infrastructure (EAC Resource Page)

 

Statement from the Honorable Jim Condos, Vermont Secretary of State, Before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Open Hearing: Election Security, March 21, 2018

 

U.S. Election Assistance Commission video on Election Security

 

When It Comes to Protecting Our Elections, States Know What They’re Doing (Op-Ed by LDF Vice President Tom Spencer)

 

2018 HAVA Election Security Funds

 

States, counties prepare for changing threat environment (electionline Weekly – June 7, 2018)

 

 

 

Recent News:

 

The Cybersecurity 202: Voters’ distrust of election security is just as powerful as an actual hack, officials worry

 

Tennessee Hack Shows Election Websites Are Vulnerable, Too

 

US Homeland Security unveils new cyber security strategy amid threats

 

Russia Tried to Undermine Confidence in Voting Systems, Senators Say

 

Trump meets with Cabinet officials on election security

 

The Cybersecurity 202: We surveyed 100 security experts. Almost all said state election systems were vulnerable.

 

2016 Presidential Campaign Hacking Fast Facts