The following is a statement from Verified Voting in support of election security reforms outlined in the Freedom to Vote Act. For additional media inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
PHILADELPHIA (September 21, 2021) — Verified Voting supports specific measures in the Freedom to Vote Act and urges Congress to pass these measures designed to support election officials, safeguard our elections infrastructure and give voters justified confidence in election outcomes.
“Voter-verified paper ballots and post-election audits are needed to protect elections and help ensure that votes are counted as cast. The ongoing partisan efforts to overturn the 2020 election results demonstrate that public confidence in our elections is at a tipping point. The common-sense election security measures in the Freedom to Vote Act are urgently needed to protect our elections from both the threat of cyberattacks and from baseless claims of fraud,” said Mark Lindeman, a national expert in post-election audits and a Director at Verified Voting.
Verified Voting specifically supports the following measures:
- Paper ballots that all voters can verify as a trustworthy record of votes cast in an election, which can be used to check the election outcome, and if needed, conduct a full hand recount;
- Post-election audit requirements that verify reported election outcomes or trigger a hand recount;
- Broad federal material and technical support for replacing and securing voting systems and election infrastructure – and explicitly treating electronic poll books as part of voting systems; and
- Increased protection for election workers from intimidation and coercion.
The Freedom to Vote Act is a revised version of the For The People Act (H.R.1/S.1), which unfortunately stalled in the Senate. Verified Voting also supported the election security provisions in that bill, sending a letter to members of the 117th Congress in January, 2021. Verified Voting looks forward to continuing to work with members of Congress to support safe, secure and fair federal elections.