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Congressional Briefing on Election Cybersecurity

On Tuesday, July 10, a bipartisan group of leading authorities on election administration and cybersecurity will be on Capitol Hill to present an overview of current election security challenges facing federal and state policymakers. Introduced by Oklahoma Senator James Lankford, the panel conversation comes one day ahead of a Senate Rules Committee hearing on the issue and months before November’s elections.


TIME: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
WHERE: Congressional Visitor’s Center Room SVC 202\203

Experts will discuss key steps states should be taking to shore up electronic voting systems, which remain not only vulnerable to cyber-attacks but also a prime target of them. According to a recent report issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee, foreign agents targeted election systems in 18 states, conducted malicious access attempts on voting-related websites in at least six states, and additionally gained access to voter registration databases in a small number of states.

Several states including Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania have recently announced new programs and spending to secure election websites and voter registration databases. But in large part, surprisingly little has been done since 2016 to secure vote tallies by replacing paperless voting machines and mandating post-election audits. Congress recently set aside $380 million for states to spend on these types of improvements, and experts on the panel will discuss how these and other safeguards can be implemented before November and into the 2020 election.

The event is sponsored by the National Election Defense Coalition, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, FreedomWorks, Common Cause, and Verified Voting Foundation.

Remarks:
The Honorable James Lankford@senatorlankford
United States Senator

Moderator:
The Honorable Trey Grayson,
Former Secretary of State of Kentucky @KYTrey

Panelists:
J. Alex Halderman, Ph.D.,
Professor of Computer Science, University of Michigan @jhalderm

Liz Howard
Former Deputy Commissioner of Elections, Virginia; Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of
Law @lizlhoward

Lt. Colonel Tony Shaffer
Former Intelligence Official, Fox News Commentator @T_S_P_O_O_K_Y

Shantiel Soeder
Election and Compliance Administrator, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; post-election audit expert

Harri Hursti
Computer Scientist, Organizer of Voting Village at DEFCON, world’s largest hacker convention @HarriHursti

Dan Savickas
Legislative Outreach Manager, FreedomWorks @dansav1776

For more info Contact; Justin Zorn, NEDC Senior Legislative and Policy Advisor Jmzorn@gmail.com
or
Susan Greenhalgh, NEDC National Policy Director Susan@electiondefense.org