In 2004, Verified Voting began working to make U.S. voting systems more secure. The organization sprang from the energy created when founder David Dill issued the Resolution on Electronic Voting, which today has 10,000+ endorsers including top computer security experts and elected officials. Dill was subsequently appointed to the California Ad Hoc Task Force on Touch Screen Voting by then-Secretary of State Kevin Shelley (now a Verified Voting Board member). Click here to read Dave and Kevin’s look back at the origin of their relationship… What a difference a decade makes! At the time, fewer than one-sixth of the states had a requirement for voters to be able to verify their vote on a paper record or ballot: today, nearly three-fourths do. Yet, this November, sixteen states will use voting systems that do not provide an independent means of verifying individual votes, and nearly half the states will not conduct post-election audits to verify the accuracy of election results.
So, Verified Voting is noting its milestone anniversary by continuing its hard work in these states and many others. In Virginia, we supported amendments to hold off online voting pending a review of feasibility and costs. In New Hampshire, we testified in support of post-election audits, while in neighboring Massachusetts we also spoke out in support of an audit provision currently in conference. Vermont too is considering making post-election audits a requirement instead of an option. In Connecticut we testified for audits, and we applaud a recent report from the Secretary of State spotlighting security and privacy issues with online voting. And in Oregon, we are happy to note that a bill to study online voting that was moving even after the Secretary of States’ website was hacked and taken offline for 18 days has been shelved at the request of its author. Read more about what’s happening in the states here.