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
CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING: STRENGTHENING ELECTION CYBERSECURITY
Brennan Center for Justice, National Election Defense Coalition,
London Center for Policy Research, VerifiedVoting.org,
Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology
On Monday, 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. Presentations were made by:
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
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.
This solutions-oriented panel featured leading experts on national security, voting systems, and computer science who explained that 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 electronic voting technologies create risks of errors and delays as well as heightened vulnerabilities to manipulation or remote hacking.
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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