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 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.
Legislation introduced in house and senate to protect elections, move to paper ballots & Require audits
September 2017: Bi-partisan legislation was introduced in the Senate (S.A. 656), by Senators Klobuchar (D-MN) and Graham (R-SC). Additionally, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) introduced the Protecting the American Process for Election Results (PAPER) Act—a companion bill that will provide assistance to states to strengthen the cybersecurity of their elections.
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
Lawmakers told of growing cyber threat to election systems - The Hill
Computer expert: Some voting machines can be directly hacked - The Washington Examiner