Congressional Briefing: Strengthening Election Cybersecurity
Monday, May 15 – 2:00-3:30
Rayburn Congressional Office Building 2226
Refreshments will be served
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:
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
Deputy Director of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU
J. Alex Halderman
Professor of Computer Science at the University of Michigan
Election Specialist at the Verified Voting Foundation
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.
RESTORING TRANSPARENCY & TRUST IN AMERICAN ELECTIONS
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.
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.
NEWS & OPINION
BY LT. COL. TONY SCHAFFER (RET.),
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
Mississippi: Hazlehurst election encounters 'procedural problems'
New Mexico: NM elections characterized by high voter turnout
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
Virginia: Officials move polling place
West Virginia: Area schools recognized for voter registration results
Watch the 2016 Election Integrity documentary "I Voted?"
ELECTION REFORM EFFORTS:
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.