EXPERT SIGN-ON LETTER TO CONGRESS:
SECURE AMERICAN ELECTIONS
Dear Member of Congress:
Faith in American democracy rests on the integrity of our elections. So it stands to reason that lawmakers and administrators from both political parties should prioritize efforts to minimize election security risks. While there has been encouraging progress to improve election security in recent years, too many polling stations across the nation are still equipped with electronic machines that do not produce voter-verified paper ballots. Many jurisdictions are also inadequately prepared to deal with rising cybersecurity risks.
We are writing to you as members of the computer science and cybersecurity communities, together with statisticians and election auditing experts, to convey our concern about these and other vulnerabilities in our voting system and to urge you to take the following simple, straightforward, and cost-effective actions to set meaningful standards to protect American elections. We represent both major political parties, independents, and a range of academic institutions and private sector organizations, but we are united in our belief that the United States, the world’s oldest representative democracy, needs prompt action to ensure prudent elections security standards.
RECENT NEDC EVENTS
Lawmakers told of growing cyber threat to election systems - The Hill
Computer expert: Some voting machines can be directly hacked - The Washington Examiner
June 21, 2017: Professor Alex Halderman testifies before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee Hearing on Russian Interference in U.S. elections.
May 15, 2017: NEDC and allied organizations presented the case for advancing reforms for election security in the United States to over 100 Congressional staff members and interested parties.
RESTORING TRANSPARENCY & TRUST IN AMERICAN ELECTIONS
The National Election Defense Coalition (NEDC) has been organizing since 2012 to protect American voting systems from manipulation and establish electoral 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 to ensure the 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.
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