A BIPARTISAN PLAN TO SOLVE THE CYBER-THREAT TO AMERICA'S VOTING SYSTEMS


Rising cybersecurity threats and increasingly antiquated electronic voting infrastructure will make elections in 2018 and 2020 deeply insecure.  The National Election Defense Coalition (NEDC) is creating a big-tent movement to inform decision-makers and the public on the vulnerability of US election security and to identify and implement practical solutions. The time to upgrade election security is now. 


BIPARTISAN Legislation to protect elections: 
SENATE BILL 2261 - The Secure Elections Act

In 2016-2017, the National Election Defense Coalition (NEDC), with our partners and allies, orchestrated a campaign comprising leading academic experts, current and formal federal officials, editorial writers and respected advocates from both parties, to educate policy makers and urge them to implement federal and state security reforms. 

This effort culminated in the Secure Elections Act (S.2261), introduced in December of 2017 by a bipartisan group of six Senators, including Sens. 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). 

Many thanks to our working partners: Brennan Center, Common Cause, Verified Voting, the London Center for Policy Research, and the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology.
 


HOUSE BILL 3751 - THE PAPER ACT


NEDC has also supported the development and launch of a measure similar to Senate Bill 2261 in the US House, the PAPER Act (H.R. 3751), with strong bipartisan support. The immediate aim of both bills is to secure federal support for states and counties to replace antiquated paperless voting machines before the 2018 and 2020 federal elections and to press for policy changes to ensure election administrators have the auditing tools and training to detect and thwart a cyber-attack.


Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist Supports the PAPER Act
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100 COMPUTER SCIENTISTS AND CYBER EXPERTS call on 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

 

June 21, 2017: Professor Alex Halderman, NEDC ally and advisor, testifies before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee Hearing on security of elections  
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Related Articles

Lawmakers told of growing cyber threat to election systems - The Hill

Computer expert: Some voting machines can be directly hacked - The Washington Examiner

If Voting Machines Were Hacked, Would Anyone Know? - NPR

 

 
 

May 15, 2017: NEDC and allied organizations presented the case for advancing reforms for election security to over 100 Congressional staff members and interested parties.
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ELECTION INTEGRITY IN THE NEWS

 

ELECTION REFORM IN THE NEWS
 

REPS MEADOWS, LANGEVIN RELEASE PAPER ACT
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Bipartisan Lawmakers Introduce the Protecting the American Process for Election Results Act (PAPER ACT)
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Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist Supports the PAPER Act
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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.

FIND OUT How Your VOTE IS COUNTED

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