HELP US DEFEND THE VOTE
Your donation allows us to advance election security reform across the United States.
Since 2013, the National Election Defense Coalition (NEDC) has been building a bipartisan network of influential cybersecurity experts, voting rights advocates, libertarians and national security conservatives, who agree to speak with one powerful voice.
Mobilization efforts in 2017 by NEDC and allies have laid the foundation for meaningful election policy reform. We believe that we can succeed where politicians and reformers who have traditionally worked on this issue have been stymied.
In 2016-2017, the NEDC and allies orchestrated a national media campaign and high level educational campaign to galvanize political action and introduce significant new legislation.
The NEDC brought together more than 100 top elections administrators, computer scientists, and national security experts to educate Congress and provide a roadmap for lawmakers.
The NEDC also broke through a long standing lack of media coverage on election security, publishing stories in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fox News, Washington Times, Chicago Tribune, Wired, New York Times, Reuters, AP, Bloomberg, Vox, NPR, and other outlets.
All of these efforts culminated in the Secure Elections Act (S.2261), introduced in December of 2017 by a bipartisan group of six Senators; James Lankford (R-OK), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM). The NEDC has also supported the development of a similar bipartisan measure in the US House, the PAPER Act (H.R. 3751).
The immediate aim of both bills is to secure federal support for states to harden their electronic infrastructure; to replace vulnerable paperless voting machines before the 2018 and 2020 federal elections and secure real paper ballots; and to ensure election administrators have the auditing tools and training to detect and thwart a cyber-attack.
Key milestones are approaching. By spring 2018, the window for any federal action in advance of the midterms will be closing, though some state action will still be possible. To fully implement the above mentioned federal action plan—including replacement of all insecure equipment—before the 2020 elections, most experts agree that Congress will need to act in the next 14 months.
Please click on the donation button above to help us complete our work before the window of opportunity closes.
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