With the indictment of 12 members of the Russian military for hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and warnings from high-level government officials that our elections are a target, we must act now.
“Today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack… ‘worst offenders’ are Russia, China, Iran and North Korea — with Russia the ‘most aggressive foreign actor, no question. And they continue their efforts to undermine our democracy.'”
– Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence, the same day that the special prosecutor announced their indictments
Coats is not the only administration official issuing a warning. Christopher Krebs, DHS’s top infrastructure and cybersecurity official, spoke out at a hearing last week while Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) called for steps to secure election infrastructure alongside the Senate Intelligence Committee’s recommendations on election security.
So what can we do to make our elections more secure?
First – The enormity of the problem requires a collaborative working relationship between the federal government, technology experts, non-governmental organizations, voting machine vendors and voters. Imagine being an election official, tasked with understanding and securing the technology deployed in our current voting systems… and you have minimal staff and a limited budget.
In the last year alone, Verified Voting staff and volunteers worked hand-in-hand with election officials in states implementing security measures like risk-limiting audits that can quickly identify discrepancies between the cast paper ballot (unhackable) and the vote count.
You can help with this effort by donating now.
Amazingly, there are still 5 states that are entirely paperless and another 8 that are partially paperless. If a paperless election is hacked, the correct outcome cannot be verified, because it is impossible to conduct a recount or audit of a paperless election. To find out about your state, check out the Verifier.
Second – Advocate for the responsible use of technology in our elections. While Verified Voting along with coalition partners prevented the widespread use of internet voting and made “paper ballots” the rallying cry of citizens throughout our country, there is more to do. We must ensure that the next generation of voting equipment breaks the cycle of unverifiable elections.
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Please join us in guaranteeing that all elections accurately reflect the will of the voters.
Thank you for your consideration and support. We must all work together to protect our democracy.
Marian K. Schneider
President, Verified Voting