Congressional Briefing: Strengthening Election Cybersecurity

Monday, May 15 – 2:00-3:30

Rayburn Congressional Office Building 2226

Refreshments will be served


Sponsored By:

Brennan Center for Justice, National Election Defense Coalition,

London Center for Policy Research, VerifiedVoting.org,

Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology

Strengthening election security is essential for safeguarding America’s representative government. Elections experts, computer scientists, and cybersecurity professionals are issuing urgent warnings about the vulnerability and reliability of our nation's electronic voting technologies.

Future election security threats may come from any number of potential adversaries with offensive cyber capabilities, including rogue states like North Korea and non-state actors like ISIS. Our nation's aging and outmoded voting technologies create risks of errors and delays as well as heightened vulnerabilities to manipulation or remote hacking. This solutions-oriented panel will feature leading experts on national security, voting systems, and computer science, including:

James Woolsey

Former CIA Director and Chair of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (Ret.)

Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, Fox News contributor

Lawrence Norden

Deputy Director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU

J. Alex Halderman

Professor of Computer Science at the University of Michigan

Susan Greenhalgh

Election Specialist at the Verified Voting Foundation

James Scott

Senior Fellow at the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology

Karen Greenberg (Moderator)

Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University Law School

The briefing will offer an overview of threats to election cybersecurity and a range of potential federal and state policy solutions for auditing and verifying elections.

Please RSVP at http://electioncybersecurity.rsvpify.com.




The National Election Defense Coalition (NEDC) has been organizing since 2012 to protect American voting systems, voter access, and ballot integrity. Our goal is to build a trans-partisan movement for systemic reform of U.S. elections to develop consistent voting technology and methodology, and ensure the integrity and fairness of our democratic process.

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Petition To Members of Congress and State Voting Officials:

We urge Congress and state elections officials take steps necessary to restore basic integrity to our voting systems. Increasingly, trust in the system is declining, and the voting machines themselves are aging and becoming more vulnerable.



The conservative case for election security reform


Good news: Most Americans still have at least some degree of confidence in our voting system. We have not devolved to the level of a third-world banana republic — yet.

But Americans' faith in elections has diminished considerably, and I believe justifiably. Now, only four in 10 citizens have "strong confidence" that their votes are counted as cast. Among Republicans, the proportion of people with faith in voting has fallen to just about a third.

Just the mere perception of a rigged system undermines the most basic foundations of our republic. America's incoming government has an obligation — and an opportunity — to restore the faith in our voting systems.

Read full article in The Hill


State and National headlines compiled by www.electionline.org

Arizona: Former AG things Fontes' voter registration fix is 'reasonable' | AZ has been accused of suppression before, a new registrar wants to change that

California: Padilla opposes new federal voter ID legislation | Noncitizens will soon be able to vote in SF, for school board

Florida: Validity of Madeira Beach election called into question | Ballot signature bill headed to Scott

Georgia: Fulton adds special election early voting locations

Iowa: Branstad to sign trio of controversial bills

Kansas: County talks new election equipment | Kobach announced ninth voter fraud in Kansas

Massachusetts: Hanover town meeting turns to new technology for voter check-in

Michigan: Wexford Co. moving forward with new voting equipment | Voters bill of rights introduced in Legislature

Mississippi: Hazlehurst election encounters 'procedural problems'

Nevada: New voting machines could be on the way for Nevada | Bill aims to change election recount rules

New JerseyJudge orders new Wayne primary ballot after battle

New Mexico: NM elections characterized by high voter turnout

New YorkActivist sentenced to probation for voter fraud

North CarolinaSusan Campbell joins elections board | Some Wake Co. voters have new polling sites

Ohio: Ernie McCarthy picked to replace Hartley on Lucas Co. BOE | Lorain Co. turnout 7.74 percent | City council race left off Heath election ballots | Election count could end up being historically low | Stark voter turnout drops below 10 percent

Pennsylvania: Volunteers needed to help with May 16 primary

Tennessee: Young Whitfield Co. poll worker plans to encourage others to get involved

Texas: Polling place to change for large number of Hays voters

Vermont: Election officials worried concerning recount rules

Virginia: Officials move polling place

Washington: Pierce Co. wins national award for streamlining elections

West VirginiaArea schools recognized for voter registration results

Wyoming: Laramie Co. special election turnout 34 percent

Watch the 2016 Election Integrity documentary "I Voted?" 

How do you know your vote counts? Executive produced by Katie Couric, I Voted? premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.


Click below to visit Verified Voting.org's The Verifier interactive map, and their pages devoted to Voting EquipmentPost-Election Audits and Internet Voting.



House Bill 200: A Plan to End Gerrymandering in NC

House Bill Would Force Paper Ballots, Prevent Election Systems from Connecting to Internet

House Dem Unveils Election Hacking Bill

Proposed cybersecurity bills would 'prohibit' internet-connected voting systems

Representative John Lewis Calls for Federal Protection at Polling Places

US lawmaker proposes new legislation to protect voting systems from hackers


Voting Rights Experts Debrief on First Presidential Election after the Shelby SCOTUS Decision

On November 16, 2016, the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus’ hosted a briefing to discuss the effects of voter suppression tactics during the most recent post-Shelby election and how Congress must work together to ensure the full participation of eligible voters moving forward.

Participants included Reverend Dr. William Barber, President, North Carolina NAACP; Maria Urbina, Vice President of Politics and Campaigns, Voto Latino; Ari Berman, Writer and Author, The Nation; Barbara Arnwine, Esq., President and Founder, Transformative Justice Coalition; Ben Ptashnik, Executive Director, National Election Defense Coalition and Symone Sanders, Democratic Strategist and CNN Political Commentator.

Congress and Activists Mobilize to Fight Voter Suppression

In May, 2016, the NEDC worked with Congress members to organize a new Voting Rights Caucus, the first official congressional organization devoted to the cause of defending electoral democracy. 

Now 71 Representatives strong, the caucus is made up predominately of members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

The Voting Rights Alliance was generated to support the Caucus. The VRA is a growing network of organizations, activists, and legislators working to restore and protect voting rights from concerted attacks that undermine our access to the polls, and to have our votes fairly counted. 

On June 23, Voting Rights Alliance members from across the country came to DC for a rally and press conference. 

At the same time thousands of callers flooded the Congressional Switchboard, demanding the House Speaker and Judiciary Committee Chairs hold hearings on the Voting Rights Act. 

That day, the Alliance also held a Twitter town hall and a Twitter storm using the hashtag #ProtestShelby2016. The social media conversation included thousands of participants helping to launch a national campaign to push for the Voting Rights Advancement Act’s remedial legislation needed to restore voting rights, and to build a resistance movement to voter suppression.

Read the NEDC report at Truthout.org



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