There’s been a lot of attention recently in the media on potential threats to the election system from hackers – but the focus has tended to be on what might happen or who plans to get involved. What’s been lacking up until now is a sense of what can be done about it; namely, what concrete steps that election officials across the nation can do to harden their systems. Fortunately, members of the Election Verification Network (EVN) have worked together to develop a “Top Ten list” that is intended to be an intensely practical guide for offices seeking to do something right now:
The ten recommendations below address these concerns by providing specific steps election officials and individuals can take during the next few weeks to reduce risk and improve public confidence in the upcoming elections. Because of local laws and regulations, not every suggestion will be appropriate to every election jurisdiction.
Many state and local election officials have already taken a number of the steps outlined below, and other groups have suggested similar actions that can be taken to increase election integrity and public confidence. But much still remains to be done.
The following list is limited to actions that can be taken in the next few weeks preceding and immediately following the election. We look forward to working with election officials and others on longer-term improvements that will increase public confidence in future elections.
Members of the Election Verification Network compiled this list in response to a recent invitation from Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Chairman Thomas Hicks.
For further information, please contact the Election Verification Network.
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