Citing election security, advocates seek to force Pa. to reexamine new voting machines

Citing election security, advocates seek to force Pa. to reexamine new voting machines

Organized by election-security advocates, 200 Pennsylvania voters filed a petition Tuesday seeking to force the Pennsylvania Department of State to reconsider its approval of a touchscreen voting machine selected by Philadelphia and other counties.

Those machines, the ExpressVote XL from election mega-vendor Election Systems & Software (ES&S), have security flaws and do not comply with the state Election Code, the voters say in their petition submitted by certified mail and email Tuesday. It was signed by voters from Allegheny, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and Westmoreland Counties.

AP Exclusive: New election systems use vulnerable software

AP Exclusive: New election systems use vulnerable software

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania’s message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds helping counties buy brand-new electoral systems.

But there’s a problem: Many of these new systems still run on old software that will soon be outdated and more vulnerable to hackers.

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Trump administration to brief senators on election security

Trump administration to brief senators on election security

Officials from President Donald Trump’s administration will brief senators on election security on Wednesday amid bipartisan agreement that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, according to a senior Senate aide.

Wednesday’s briefing, requested by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), will be open to all senators and is expected to include officials from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, the aide said.

Georgia’s new voting system actually decreases election security, say experts

Georgia’s new voting system actually decreases election security, say experts

Earlier this year, Georgia’s Secure, Accessible, and Fair Elections Commission held a public meeting at the state capitol to answer a pressing question: What should Georgia do to replace its aging, touchscreen voting machines, as well as other parts of its election system? In the preceding years, security vulnerabilities in the state’s election system had been repeatedly exposed: by Russian operatives, friendly hackers, and even a Georgia voter who, just days ahead of the 2018 midterms, revealed that anyone could go online and gain access to the state’s voter registration database.

House Passes Election Security Package, With an Eye on Mitch McConnell

House Passes Election Security Package, With an Eye on Mitch McConnell

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday approved expansive election security legislation that would mandate the use of backup paper ballots and postelection vote audits to guard against potential foreign meddling, seeking to pressure Senator Mitch McConnell to lift his blockade of election legislation in the upper chamber.

The Cybersecurity 202: Elizabeth Warren aims for the fences on election security

The Cybersecurity 202: Elizabeth Warren aims for the fences on election security

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the top-polling candidate in the first Democratic presidential debate tonight, also has the most ambitious plan for how to protect U.S. elections from foreign hackers.

But that aim-for-the-fences approach, which Warren introduced in an eight-page blog post Tuesday, is sure to be a nonstarter among Republicans. And it will face serious scrutiny from some of Warren’s Democratic opponents who are championing a more practical approach to securing elections.

Election security group sues Indiana’s secretary of state

Election security group sues Indiana’s secretary of state

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s Secretary of State Connie Lawson is facing a lawsuit from a national cybersecurity group because her office has failed to turn over emails and other forms of communication on election security the group requested under public records laws.

The National Election Defense Coalition, a network of experts on elections, filed a lawsuit in Marion Superior Court Thursday saying Lawson has denied access to public records about the reliability and security of voting machines.

Election watchdog groups sue Indiana secretary of state to get records on voting security

Election watchdog groups sue Indiana secretary of state to get records on voting security

A national group of cybersecurity experts is suing Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, saying she has refused to turn over emails and other communications about the reliability and security of voting machines, despite numerous requests.

The National Election Defense Coalition said on Thursday morning that it filed a suit in Marion County court alleging that Lawson unlawfully denied access to public records regarding election security.

Federal election official accused of undermining his own agency

Federal election official accused of undermining his own agency

Troubles at the Election Assistance Commission could undermine the effort to safeguard the 2020 presidential contest from foreign meddling. A tiny federal agency that plays a crucial role in assisting the nation’s local election supervisors is gripped by a leadership crisis that has sparked concerns that it is unprepared to play its role in protecting the 2020 presidential race from foreign interference.

Microsoft offers software tools to secure elections

Microsoft offers software tools to secure elections

Microsoft has announced an ambitious effort to make voting secure, verifiable and subject to reliable audits by registering ballots in encrypted form so they can be accurately and independently tracked long after they are cast.

Two of the three top U.S elections vendors have expressed interest in potentially incorporating the open-source software into their voting systems.

Why federal courts may become the next front in the battle to secure our elections

Why federal courts may become the next front in the battle to secure our elections

Last week, a team of security researchers who run the DefCon hacking convention released a report on voting machines in use around the country that contain structural flaws ripe for exploitation by hackers. Among its dismaying findings, DefCon reported a flaw in one widely used voting tabulator that, if hacked, “could enable an attacker to flip the Electoral College and determine the outcome of a presidential election.”

The Crisis of Election Security

The Crisis of Election Security

It was mid-July 2016 when Neil Jenkins learned that someone had hacked the Illinois Board of Elections. Jenkins was a director in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications at the Department of Homeland Security, the domestic agency with a congressional mandate to protect “critical infrastructure.” Although election systems were not yet formally designated as such — that wouldn’t happen until January 2017 — it was increasingly clear that the presidential election was becoming a national-security issue.