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Verified Voting Sends Letter to Arizona State Senate on Election Audits

Apr 13, 2021

Individuals from the Brennan Center, the Carter Center, RSM Election Solutions, and Verified Voting wrote a letter to Arizona State Senate President Fann urging the Senate to refrain from auditing the Maricopa County election results. For press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com Download PDF April 13, 2021 The Honorable Karen Fann President of the Arizona State…

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Verified Voting Welcomes Neal McBurnett to its Board of Directors

Apr 09, 2021

The following is a statement from Verified Voting. For additional press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA (April 9, 2021) – Verified Voting, a leading national organization whose mission is to strengthen democracy for all voters by promoting the responsible use of technology in elections, welcomes Neal McBurnett to its Board of Directors. McBurnett previously served…

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Letter in Support of New Jersey S102

Apr 08, 2021

Download PDF April 8, 2021  “Requires new voting machines purchased or leased for use in elections in this State to produce paper record of each vote cast.”  On behalf of Verified Voting, I write in support of S102. Verified Voting is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen democracy for all voters by…

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A Spotlight on Election Officials: Ruth Elliott

We are privileged to work closely with election officials on a daily basis. Their work to safely and securely administer our elections goes far beyond what voters see on Election Day – and, as we saw in 2020, can at times come at great personal risk. To shine a light on the important role they…

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Election Security Experts Call Proposed Internet Voting Bill in Colo. Unsafe; Mobile Voting Could Undermine Trust in Elections

Apr 05, 2021

The following is a statement from Mark Lindeman, acting co-director of Verified Voting, regarding the introduction of Colorado: SB21-188 — a bill that would allow Colorado voters with disabilities to return a ballot electronically. For additional press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 5, 2021) — “Votes that can’t be verified are not a…

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Opposition to Colorado Senate Bill 21-188

Apr 02, 2021

Download PDF April 2, 2021 State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee Colorado Senate 200 E Colfax Avenue Denver, CO 80203 via electronic submission RE: Verified Voting Opposition to Senate Bill 21-188 Dear Committee Members, On behalf of Verified Voting, I write in opposition to Senate Bill 21-188 regarding ballot return via the internet. Verified Voting…

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Verified Voting Releases Groundbreaking Study on Election Technology Industry and Voting Machines

Mar 30, 2021

The following is a statement from Verified Voting. For additional press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 30, 2021) — Verified Voting today released “The Price of Voting,” a groundbreaking study by principal investigator Matthew Caulfield and a team of student researchers at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Drawing on the…

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Opposition to Section 27 of CT Senate Bill 5

Mar 25, 2021

Download PDF here March 25, 2021 Connecticut Government Administration and Elections Committee Legislative Office Building, Room 2200 Hartford, CT 06106 RE: Verified Voting Opposition to Section 27 of Senate Bill 5 Dear Committee Members, On behalf of Verified Voting, I write in opposition to Section 27 of Senate Bill 5 regarding ballot return via the…

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Verified Voting Supports Specific Election Security Measures in the For the People Act, S.1.

Mar 18, 2021

The following is a statement and letter from Verified Voting in support of election security reforms outlined in For the People Act (S.1). For additional media inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com  PHILADELPHIA (March 18, 2021) —  Verified Voting is supporting specific measures in S.1, as well as in Title III of H.R.1, and urges Congress to…

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Opposition to North Dakota Senate Bill 2271

Mar 10, 2021

March 10, 2021 The Honorable Dennis Johnson North Dakota Dennis Johnson North Dakota Legislative Assembly State Capital 600 East Boulevard Bismarck, ND 58505-0360 The Honorable Wayne Trottier North Dakota Legislative Assembly State Capitol 600 East Boulevard Bismarck, ND 585505-0360   Dear Representatives Johnson & Trottier, On behalf of Verified Voting, I write today in strong…

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Verified Voting Welcomes Martin Hellman to its Board of Directors

Mar 04, 2021

The following is a statement from Verified Voting. For additional press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA (March 4, 2021) – Verified Voting, a leading national organization whose mission is to strengthen democracy for all voters by promoting the responsible use of technology in elections, welcomes Prof. Martin Hellman to its Board of Directors. Hellman previously…

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Lessons Learned: Our Audit Journey in Pennsylvania

Feb 25, 2021

Lessons Learned: Our Audit Journey in Pennsylvania by Mark Lindeman, Acting Co-Director Over the past three months, the Verified Voting team and I have been from one end of Pennsylvania to the other, assisting with the state’s audit efforts: Everywhere we’ve been, and with every official we’ve talked to, I keep thinking about the difference between where…

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Election Security Experts Say Limiting Options for Voting and Expanding Internet Voting is Not Election Security

Feb 24, 2021

The following is a statement from Verified Voting. For additional press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA, PA (February 24, 2021) — Mark Lindeman, co-director of Verified Voting, released the following statement today in regard to the recent wave of legislation being introduced to limit options for secure voting: “Recently introduced legislation in states across the…

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A Guide: What to Ask When New Election Technology is Introduced

Feb 09, 2021

When state or local election officials introduce new or upgraded election technology (including voting machines, electronic poll books, and mobile apps), you may have questions as a constituent. You may have concerns about the cost of technology, the accessibility of the technology, the transparency of the technology, the technology procurement process, or the security of…

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Opposition to certifying ES&S ExpressVote XL voting system

Jan 12, 2021

The following is a letter sent by Verified Voting to the New York State Board of Election on January 12, 2021.  Download the letter here January 12, 2021 New York State Board of Elections (via email election_ops@elections.ny.gov) 40 North Pearl Street Suite 5 Albany, NY 12207-2729 RE: Verified Voting opposition to certifying ES&S ExpressVote XL…

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Verified Voting Condemns Insurrection on Capitol Hill; Reaffirms a Legitimate, Free and Fair Election

Jan 07, 2021

The following is a statement from Verified Voting following the violence today in Washington, D.C. For additional media inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA (January 6, 2021) — “Verified Voting strongly condemns the violence today at the U.S. Capitol. For more than a decade, we have worked to promote reliable, legitimate elections, using technology that can…

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In letter to 117th Congress, Verified Voting supports specific election security measures in H.R. 1

Jan 05, 2021

The following is a statement and letter from Verified Voting in support of election security reforms outlined in For the People Act (H.R.1/S.949). For additional media inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA (January 5, 2021) — “Voter-verifiable paper ballots and post-election audits are needed to increase election security, which is why Verified Voting is supporting specific…

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Verified Voting Welcomes Dr. Poorvi Vora to its Board of Directors

Dec 14, 2020

PHILADELPHIA (December 14, 2020) – Verified Voting, a leading national organization whose mission is to strengthen democracy for all voters by promoting the responsible use of technology in elections, welcomes Dr. Poorvi Vora to its Board of Directors. Vora previously served on its Board of Advisors and is currently Professor of Computer Science at The…

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Verified Voting Congratulates GA Election Officials on Completing Historic Full Hand Count Tabulation Audit

Nov 20, 2020

Download Statement (November 20, 2020) — “Georgia’s successful hand count marks a watershed for trustworthy elections in the state and nationally,” said Mark Lindeman, interim co-director. “Using Georgia’s new paper-based voting system, voters can check their ballots, and then election officials can review some or all of the ballots to confirm or correct the results.…

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Audits vs. Recounts: What’s the Difference?

Nov 18, 2020

Audits and recounts are two different post-election processes, but both are designed to build confidence in our elections. With everything going on in the post-election news cycle, Verified Voting and Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota (CEIMN) coauthored this FAQ on the difference between an audit and a recount. For questions, please email info@verifiedvoting.org. What is…

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An Open Letter on Election Security

Nov 16, 2020

On November 16, 2020, Verified Voting signed the following letter: An Open Letter on Election Security Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. And since computers are deeply involved in all segments of voting at this point, computer security is vital to the protection of this fundamental right.  Everyone needs to be able to trust…

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Verified Voting provides technical support to Georgia’s post-election audit

Nov 13, 2020

The following is a statement from Mark Lindeman, Interim Co-Director of Verified Voting, on Georgia’s post-election audit of the 2020 presidential contest. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com November 13, 2020 – “We’re on the ground in Georgia to provide pro-bono technical support to Georgia election officials as they conduct an audit…

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Verified Voting Releases Post-Election Statement

Nov 04, 2020

The following is a statement from Verified Voting. For additional press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA (November 4, 2020) — “We must give election officials the time they need to count and verify every ballot – doing so is a sign that our democracy is working. Mail ballots require different processing procedures (such as checking…

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Comments on Oregon Proposed Rule 165-004-0450

Nov 03, 2020

Download the letter here November 3, 2020 Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno (via email: elections.sos@oregon.gov) Public Service Building Suite 501 255 Capitol St. NE Salem, OR 97310 RE: Proposed rule 165-004-0450 I write on behalf of Verified Voting to express our grave concerns about proposed rule 165-004-0450, which addresses ORS §254.532 on risk-limiting audits…

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Verified Voting Responds to Feds’ Announcement of Foreign Interference

Oct 22, 2020

The following is a statement from Verified Voting in response to the FBI’s announcement that Iran and Russia interfered with the presidential election. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA (October 21, 2020) — “Security experts warned that foreign interference in our elections was inevitable, but our elections are resilient and the…

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Verified Voting calls attacks on mail voting unfounded; Encourages voters to make their plan to vote

Sep 30, 2020

Download Statement The following is a statement from Verified Voting following the first presidential debate. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com September 30, 2020 — “Election experts agree that mail voting is secure and that the only way to make sure your vote doesn’t count is if you don’t vote. It’s important…

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Verified Voting supports election funding, security measures in updated version of proposed HEROES Act

Sep 29, 2020

Download Statement The following is a statement from Verified Voting in response to the updated proposed coronavirus response package, the HEROES Act. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com September 29, 2020 — “Voting is already underway and with Election Day less than 35 days away, election officials are working against the clock…

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Statement about Risk of Reliance on Ballot-Marking Devices

Sep 28, 2020

DOWNLOAD PDF HERE September 28, 2020 The Shelby County Commission (via email) 160 North Main Street Memphis, TN 38103 RE: Verified Voting statement about risk of reliance on ballot-marking devices Dear Members of the Shelby County Commission, As in our public comment submitted in March, Verified Voting urges the Election Commission to select voting equipment…

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Verified Voting: Asking Supreme Court to Appeal Mail Ballot Deadline in Pennsylvania Will Create Confusion for Voters

Sep 23, 2020

Download Statement The following is a statement from Verified Voting in response to Republicans’ plan to ask the current eight member U.S. Supreme Court to review a major Pennsylvania state court ruling that extended the deadline for voted mail ballots to be received in the key battleground state. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora…

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Verified Voting Announces Mark Lindeman and Cris Landa as Interim Co-Directors

Sep 11, 2020

Download Statement PHILADELPHIA (September 11, 2020) — Verified Voting, a non-partisan organization focused exclusively on the critical role technology plays in election administration, announced today that Marian K. Schneider is stepping down from her role as the organization’s president for personal reasons. We are grateful for Marian’s dedication to election security issues and the important…

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Pennsylvania Takes an Important Step Toward Transparent Elections with Statewide Post-Election Audit

Aug 26, 2020

The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting on the completion of Pennsylvania’s first statewide risk-limiting audit (RLA) following the June 2020 primary. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com.   August 26, 2020 (Philadelphia) – “Verified Voting is proud to be a part of Pennsylvania’s first statewide…

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Verified Voting Blog: Verified Voting to Congress: Pass Funding Now

Jul 23, 2020

Voters should not have to choose between their health and their vote, and with a little more than 100 days before the election, Verified Voting continues to urge Congress to pass $3.6 billion in funding included in the HEROES Act for election officials to conduct safe and secure elections in November. As yesterday’s Senate Rules Committee hearing on “2020 General Election…

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Verified Voting Comments On VVSG 2.0 v3

Jun 22, 2020

Download the letter here   June 22, 2020 TO: The United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines (VVSG) 2.0. Verified Voting’s mission is to strengthen democracy for all voters by promoting the responsible use of technology in elections. Verified Voting applauds the…

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June Primaries Set The Stage For November; Verified Voting Outlines Recommendations To Ensure Integrity And Verifiability Of Elections

Jun 17, 2020

The following is a statement from Verified Voting on the primaries conducted on June 2 and June 9. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com. June 17, 2020 – The first set of primaries postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic have demonstrated the acute challenges associated with ensuring the accuracy, integrity and verifiability…

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Statement for the Record House Admin Elections Hearing

Jun 11, 2020

The following is a letter sent by Verified Voting to the House Administration Committee Subcommittee on Elections ahead of the hearing, “The Impact of COVID-19 on Voting Rights and Election Administration: Ensuring Safe and Fair Elections” on June 11, 2020. Download the letter here June 10, 2020 The Honorable Marcia L. Fudge, Chairperson House Administration…

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Verified Voting Praises Federal Guidance Issued Opposing Internet Voting

Jun 03, 2020

The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting in response to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)’s guidance to states warning about security concerns with any voting system that…

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Verified Voting AB 860 – Letter of Concern

June 2, 2020 The Honorable Marc Berman California State Capitol, Room 6011 Sacramento, CA 95814 Re: Assembly Bill 860 – Letter of Concern Dear Assembly Member Berman: The California Voter Foundation and Verified Voting are writing to express technological and security concerns about your bill, AB 860, which requires all counties to mail every registered…

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Election Security and an Accessible Vote By Mail Option

May 22, 2020

Guidance by Common Cause and Verified Voting published today outlines that remote accessible vote by mail options that keep voters choices private and secure already exist and should be made available to voters with disabilities as states increase access to vote by mail. Download PDF During the COVID 19 pandemic, policymakers and elections officials are…

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Verified Voting Supports Election Funding, Security Measures In Proposed HEROES Act

May 13, 2020

The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting in response to the House Democrats’ proposed coronavirus response package, the HEROES Act HR 6800. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com Download PDF May 13, 2020 — “COVID-19 created a new landscape for conducting elections and election officials need…

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Letter to Florida Governor – Provisional Support for Florida Supervisors of Election’s (FSE’s) COVID-19-Related Requests for Executive Orders

DOWNLOAD LETTER HERE 14 April 2020 Hon. Ron DeSantis Governor, State of Florida The Capitol 400 S. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001 RE: Provisional Support for FSE 7 April 2020 COVID-19-Related Requests for Executive Orders Dear Governor DeSantis, Verified Voting writes to lend our provisional support to the Florida Supervisors of Election’s (FSE’s) 7 April…

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Verified Voting Releases COVID-19 Election Security Recommendations

Apr 10, 2020

Download the Verified Voting’s guidance here The COVID-19 epidemic has impacted many aspects of American democracy. Primaries have been rescheduled, processes for absentee ballots changed, and polling sites relocated, often with less than 24 hours’ notice. Throughout it all, election officials have been and will continue to be essential workers on the front line of…

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Verified Voting Puerto Rico Veto Letter P.S 1314

Mar 16, 2020

DOWNLOAD ENGLISH VERSION DOWNLOAD SPANISH VERSION March 19, 2020 Hon. Wanda Vázquez Garced (via email) Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico La Fortaleza San Juan, Puerto Rico RE: Veto of Senate Bill 1314, “Puerto Rico Electoral Code of 2020” – Internet Voting Dear Governor Vázquez Garced, We, Verified Voting, the undersigned computer scientists and…

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Recommendations For Election Officials And Voters Ahead Of March 17 Primaries

The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting in response to concerns around the March 17 primaries and the COVID-19 pandemic. For additional media inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – (March 16, 2020) “We understand the growing concerns about keeping voters safe at the polls amid the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), which is why it’s…

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Big Takeaways From Super Tuesday

Mar 06, 2020

Verified Voting was on the front line on Tuesday, March 3 at the Election Protection National Hotline, and from our vantage point, there were some SUPER clear takeaways from Super Tuesday: Preventing long lines. Reports in Texas and California, the two largest Super Tuesday states, showed hours-long voting wait times. The waits stemmed from problems…

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Verified Voting Calls On Florida To Rely On Paper Ballots For Election Recounts – Not Ballot Images

Feb 21, 2020

View the release here. Verified Voting urges the Florida legislature to amend HB 1005 and SB 1312 to require a public manual comparison audit to check that electronic election result tabulations agree with the voter-verified paper ballots to a reasonable scientific standard. Election security researchers agree that all electronic vote tabulations should routinely be manually…

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Highlights From Verified Voting’s Quarterly Field Report

Feb 17, 2020

Check out our state highlights from February 2020’s Verified Voting Quarterly Field Report. For the full report (including recent publications, events, and press highlights), click here. California We are continuing to advise the state on proposed risk-limiting audit regulations and Director of Science and Technology Policy Mark Lindeman and Senior Advisor Pamela Smith collaborated with…

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Verified Voting Says Situation With Iowa Caucuses Reveals Risks Associated With Technology

Feb 02, 2020

View the statement here. The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting following the delay of the results from the Iowa caucuses. For additional media inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com. “The situation with Iowa’s caucus reveals the risks associated with technology, in this case with a mobile app, but more importantly…

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What Is A Risk-Limiting Audit (RLA)?

Jan 27, 2020

Download Risk Limiting Audit 2-pager (pdf) Today Verified Voting released a guide describing risk-limiting audits, how they are different from other types of audits, and how a risk-limiting audit is conducted. The chart also outlines the elements needed for an RLA to meaningfully support confidence in reported election outcomes. For more information on the types…

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Verified Voting Comments On Proposed Amendments To Georgia State Election Board Rules

Jan 15, 2020

Download as PDF Verified Voting welcomes the opportunity to comment on the proposed amendments to Georgia’s State Election Board rules published on December 19, 2019. These amendments are wide-ranging, and we recognize that substantial work has gone into drafting them. Our comments focus on certain aspects especially relevant to cybersecurity and election verification. We substantially…

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Letter To Georgia Secretary Of State Regarding Verified Voting’s Position And Involvement With Risk-Limiting Audit Pilots

Dec 16, 2019

The following letter was sent to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on December 16, 2019. The letter addresses Verified Voting’s concerns following the November 2019 election in Georgia and provides clarity on Verified Voting’s position and involvement with risk-limiting audit pilots in the state. Download the Letter (PDF) Dear Secretary Raffensperger, I am writing…

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Verified Voting Staff And Partners Comment On California’s Proposed Risk-Limiting Audit Regulations

Dec 13, 2019

Verified Voting Director of Science and Technology Policy Mark Lindeman and Senior Advisor Pamela Smith collaborated with the California Voter Foundation and other partners in submitting a public comment letter responding to California’s proposed risk-limiting audit regulations. Visit the California Secretary of State’s website to view the proposed regulations. Download the Letter (pdf) Dear Secretary…

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Chart: Differences Between Risk Limiting Audit Methods

Nov 27, 2019

Download Risk-Limiting Audit Methods Chart (PDF) Today Verified Voting released a chart comparing three RLA methods: Ballot-Level Comparison, Batch Comparison and Ballot Polling. View the chart here.. This chart was developed in consultation with Lynn Garland, Independent Advisor, and with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

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The Role Of Risk-Limiting Audits In Evidence-Based Elections

Nov 25, 2019

In the aftermath of the 2016 election cycle, interest in securing American elections from tampering or hacking has intensified. Given that 99% of our votes are counted by computers, and that computers are used in every aspect of the electoral process, election security is a top priority. For over a decade, Verified Voting has advocated…

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Verified Voting Supports Respectful Public Observation Of Elections

Nov 22, 2019

For more than a decade Verified Voting has supported and encouraged respectful public observation of the election process consistent with a state or jurisdiction’s regulations governing observers, and promoted transparency as a key element of reliable, evidence-based elections. Election observers should be free from harassment and intimidation. Observation enables parties, candidates, citizen groups and independent…

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Verified Voting Releases Guide Comparing Available Ballot Marking Devices

Nov 01, 2019

Verified Voting Releases Guide Comparing Available Ballot Marking Devices Today, Verified Voting published a guide comparing the features of ballot marking devices (BMDs) available in the United States: “Characteristics of Currently Available Ballot Marking Devices By Vendor.” Download the guide here. The guide is intended to be a useful comparison chart between the various BMD…

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Verified Voting Praises Pennsylvania’s Election Reform Package That Helps Counties Purchase Voting Machines

Oct 30, 2019

View the statement here: Verified Voting Statement on Election Reform Package Marian K. Schneider: “This funding ensures the smooth transition to secure and verifiable voting systems.” “Verified Voting is pleased with the Pennsylvania General Assembly and Gov. Tom Wolf’s commitment to an election reform package that includes funding for counties to help pay for the…

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VV Urges Congress To Pass Comprehensive, Bipartisan Election Security Funding

Sep 30, 2019

With the 2020 election rapidly approaching, Verified Voting continues to urge Congress to pass comprehensive election security legislation and allocate adequate funding for state and local officials to make critical improvements to our country’s election infrastructure. Congress is negotiating a spending package for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to allocate funding for states to…

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Election Security Experts Urge Congress For Additional Funding; Say $250 Million In Election Security Funding Is Progress, But Not Enough

Sep 19, 2019

Download the PDF Marian K. Schneider: “Despite the progress shown today, Congress still needs to vote on bipartisan, comprehensive election security legislation to protect and ensure trustworthy elections.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) backing of an amendment that will provide…

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Report On Rhode Island Risk Limiting Audit Pilot Implementation Study Released

Sep 04, 2019

Download the Full Report (PDF) In October 2017, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law a groundbreaking election security measure. Now, state law requires Rhode Island election officials to conduct risk-limiting audits, the “gold standard” of post-election audits, beginning with the 2020 primary. A risk-limiting audit (“RLA”) is an innovative, efficient tool to test…

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Verified Voting Praises The DNC For Action On Virtual Caucuses

Sep 03, 2019

Verified Voting commends the Democratic National Committee on its recommendation that the Iowa and Nevada state parties cease their plans to allow voters to participate in next year’s presidential primary caucuses by phone. Citing cybersecurity threats, the DNC concluded “that currently, there is no tele-caucus system available that is sufficiently secure and reliable, given the…

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Verified Voting’s Policy on DREs and BMDs

Aug 23, 2019

Download VerifiedVoting’s Policy on Direct Recording Electronic Voting Machines and Ballot Marking Devices On November 21, 2019 we revised Verified Voting’s Policy on Direct Recording Electronic Voting Machines and Ballot Marking Devices to remove a reference to parallel testing on page 8 of the original document. Although the concept of parallel testing has been discussed…

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Verified Voting Praises Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf For Announcing Bond Financing To Reimburse Counties For Purchasing Voting Machines

Jul 11, 2019

Marian K. Schneider: “This move will ensure the smooth transition to secure and verifiable voting systems and will free up money for counties to use toward cybersecurity training and voter education.” “Verified Voting is pleased with Gov. Wolf’s commitment to replace electronic voting systems. The availability of this $90 million financing will allow counties to…

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Statement to House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Joint Investigations & Oversight and Research & Technology Subcommittee

Jun 27, 2019

Download as PDF Chairwoman Sherrill, Ranking Member Norman, Chairwoman Stevens, Ranking Member Baird and committee members, thank you for the invitation to submit a written statement in connection with the Joint Investigations & Oversight and Research & Technology Subcommittee Hearing on “Election Security: Voting Technology Vulnerabilities.” Our statement will focus on 1) a brief overview…

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Public Comments On VVSG 2.0 Principles And Guidelines

Jun 10, 2019

Download the PDF Verified Voting is pleased to see the VVSG 2.0 principles and guidelines finally moving forward. We are enthusiastic about the VVSG 2.0 structure and, with some reservations, about the content of the principles and guidelines. Full implementation of the VVSG 2.0 will, in time, help bring about voting systems that set new…

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Verified Voting Applauds Oregon’s Senate For Passing Bill Requiring Robust Post-Election Audits To Verify Elections

May 23, 2019

Marian K. Schneider: “Oregon is leading the way towards better integrity and security with the passage of SB 944.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, on Oregon’s Senate passage of SB 944, offering counties the option to audit elections using a process known as risk-limiting audits, which are…

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Election Cybersecurity Legislation Hits A Wall, RobinHood Visits Baltimore, And Of Course Florida

May 21, 2019

“According to a joint report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and IT industry professional association ACS, one in five national elections held worldwide since 2016 were potentially influenced by foreign interference, … “Democracies around the world have been struggling to grapple with foreign interference from state actors during elections,” International Cyber Policy Centre…

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Counting Votes: Paper Ballots And Audits In Congress, Crisis At The EAC? Florida’s Mystery Counties

In her testimony at an election security hearing before the Committee on House Administration last week, Verified Voting President Marian Schneider joined advocates and election officials in calling on Congress to help states and local jurisdictions replace aging voting systems, conduct risk-limiting audits and enhance election infrastructure security. In order to prepare for 2020, Congress…

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Written Testimony For U.S. House Committee On House Administration Hearing On “Election Security.”

May 08, 2019

Written Testimony of Verified Voting.org Marian K. Schneider, President; United States House Committee on House Administration hearing on “Election Security.” Download PDF Here May 8, 2019 10:00 a.m. 1310 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC Chair Lofgren, Ranking Member Davis and members of the Committee, thank you for the invitation to submit testimony to the…

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Statement On Maryland HB706/SB919 Online Delivery And Marking Of Absentee Ballots

Mar 27, 2019

Download PDF Here Verified Voting supports Maryland House Bill 706 (Senate Bill 919) as an immediate, short-term mitigation to reduce risks inherent in Maryland’s current online absentee ballot system by limiting its use to only those who would otherwise be unable to vote. Going forward, substantial changes are necessary to provide Maryland’s voters with secure,…

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Verified Voting Applauds Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, Rep. Garth Everett And Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer’s Nonpartisan Call For The Penn. General Assembly To Appropriate Funding To Replace Vulnerable Electronic Voting Machines

Mar 26, 2019

Marian K. Schneider: “Election security is a nonpartisan issue and the goal of hardening our voting systems against potential threats is shared across the aisle.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, formerly Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration in the Pennsylvania Department of State, following the press conference…

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Statement On EAC Chair Christy McCormick

Feb 15, 2019

The following is a statement from Verified Voting’s president, Marian K. Schneider: “Verified Voting congratulates Christy McCormick on her election as Chair of the Election Assistance Commission and her three priorities for her tenure: election preparedness, replacing aging voting equipment, and working towards improving accessibility for all voters including voters with disabilities, military and overseas…

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Verified Voting Calls On Governor Tom Wolf And The Pennsylvania General Assembly To Appropriate Funding To Replace Vulnerable Electronic Voting Machines

Feb 05, 2019

Marian K. Schneider: “Verified Voting calls on the Pennsylvania legislature to appropriate additional funding to subsidize the cost of replacement.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, formerly Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration in the Pennsylvania Department of State, following Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address to the joint…

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To Enhance Election Security, Rhode Island Tests A New Way To Verify Election Results

Jan 15, 2019

Rhode Island is making good on its promise to road-test risk-limiting election audits, following 2017 passage of legislation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, requiring them. Beginning with the presidential primary in April 2020, Rhode Island will become the second state to require these audits to verify election results. A “risk limiting” audit checks if…

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Election Security Experts Applaud City of Fairfax, VA and Orange County, CA for Leading in New Election Integrity Methods

Dec 17, 2018

New Reports from Verified Voting Show How Risk-Limiting Audits in California and Virginia Can Improve Election Security and Public Confidence Robust post-election audits are changing the election security landscape and the City of Fairfax, Virginia and Orange County, California are leading the way. Risk-limiting audits (RLAs) of voter-marked paper ballots can promote election security and…

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Verified Voting Welcomes Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams to its Board of Advisors

Dec 13, 2018

Wayne Williams: “I’m excited to share my expertise so that we can continue to strengthen our nation’s election systems and voters’ confidence in those systems.” Verified Voting, a leading national organization focused solely on making our voting technology secure, welcomes Wayne Williams to its Advisory Board. Williams, while serving as Colorado Secretary of State from…

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Why Voters Should Mark Ballots by Hand

Dec 04, 2018

Author: Andrew Appel Because voting machines contain computers that can be hacked to make them cheat, “Elections should be conducted with human-readable paper ballots. These may be marked by hand or by machine (using a ballot-marking device); they may be counted by hand or by machine (using an optical scanner). Recounts and audits should be…

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Steps Voters Can Take to Report Problems on Election Day

Nov 06, 2018

Recent reports of possible threats to voting systems and registration databases are alarming, but voters should not be deterred from voting this Election Day. Election officials at the state-level are more prepared for cybersecurity threats or problems with computers than they were two years ago. “The only way to ensure your vote doesn’t count is…

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Verified Voting Calls on Texas to Investigate Straight-Ticket Voting Issues; Voters Should Carefully Check Choices

Oct 29, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “Verified Voting urges Secretary of State Rolando Pablos to move Texas toward reliable, verifiable voting systems that include a voter-marked paper ballot statewide.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, in response to reports that voters in six counties in Texas (Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Travis,…

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An Unverifiability Principle for Voting Machines

Oct 23, 2018

Author: Andrew Appel This article was originally posted at Freedom to Tinker on October 22, 2018. In my last three articles I described the ES&S ExpressVote, the Dominion ImageCast Evolution, and the Dominion ImageCast X (in its DRE+VVPAT configuration). There’s something they all have in common: they all violate a certain principle of voter verifiability.…

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What Would an Attack on the U.S. Elections Look Like?

Oct 12, 2018

Election Experts to Discuss How Hackers Might Target Voter Rolls, Registration in the 2018 Elections, What Signs to Look For and How to Respond. For more information, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com, (301)-221-7984. What Press call to discuss election day security preparedness and “What Would a 2018 Election Hack Look Like?” When Monday, October 15,…

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The Myth of “Secure” Blockchain Voting

Oct 03, 2018

Author: David Jefferson Click here to download a PDF version of this blog In the last couple of years several startup companies have begun to promote Internet voting systems, this time with a new twist – using a blockchain as the container for voted ballots transmitted from voters’ private devices. Blockchains are a relatively new…

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Wisconsin Proves It’s Not Too Late for States to Take Key Election Security Steps Before November

Oct 02, 2018

Nearly 20 U.S. States Do Not Audit Election Results by Checking Paper Ballots Against Machine Counts or Lack a Paper Ballot to Conduct Effective Audits WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wisconsin’s action last week requiring a post-election audit will help secure the November vote and should be followed by states that lack such protections, according to Public…

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Verified Voting Testimony Before the Pennsylvania Senate State Government Committee

Sep 26, 2018

Written Testimony of Verified Voting President Marian K. Schneider before the Pennsylvania Senate State Government Committee Public Hearing on Senate Bill 1249 and Voting Machine Demonstration, September 25, 2018. Download as PDF. Thank you Chairman Folmer, Minority Chair Williams, and members of the Committee for allowing Verified Voting to submit written testimony in connection with…

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Releases Report on “The Future of Voting”

Sep 06, 2018

Today the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report on election security, “Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy.” The Committee for The Future of Voting, which includes Verified Voting Board member Ron Rivest and Advisory Board member Andrew Appel, released the report at a public event in Washington, DC, where the report’s…

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Audit Language of the Secure Elections Act Falls Short of Standard for Effective Election Cyberdefense

Aug 17, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “Verified Voting cannot in good conscience support the Secure Elections Act unless the previous audit language of the bill is restored” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, formerly Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration in the Pennsylvania Department of State, regarding the Chairman’s mark of…

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Testimony Submitted to the Little Hoover Commission

Jul 31, 2018

Author: Pamela Smith Download Testimony as a PDF Honorable Members of the Commission: I serve as Senior Advisor to Verified Voting, a national non-partisan non-profit educational and advocacy organization committed to safeguarding elections in the digital age. Verified Voting advocates for the responsible use of emerging technologies to ensure that Americans can be confident their…

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Guide to RLAs in One Infographic

Jul 25, 2018

Verified Voting debuted its latest infographic, “A Flowchart for Conducting Risk-Limiting Audits,” at the National Association of Secretaries of States (NASS) 2018 Summer Conference in Philadelphia. In addition to sharing this with election officials at the conferences this summer, Verified Voting is working closely with jurisdictions to demonstrate how to implement robust post-election audits. Check…

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Security Experts Call on ES&S to Provide States with Steps to Disable Problematic Software Installed on Voting Machines

Jul 18, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “Verified Voting calls on all the voting system vendors to be full partners in the effort to secure our elections.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, following news that ES&S, the country’s top voting-machine maker, admitted installing problematic remote-access software on election-management systems that it…

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Guide to Election Security in One Infographic

Jun 12, 2018

Verified Voting has gone visual! In addition to recently collaborating with the Wall Street Journal and NPR on maps depicting voting technology across the states, Verified Voting created its own infographic: “Safeguarding Our Elections: The Solutions to Vulnerabilities in Election Security.” The infographic is the first in a series of visuals Verified Voting is creating.…

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Toolkit Advises Advocates and Election Officials on How to Secure the Nation’s Voting Machines

Jun 04, 2018

A joint project from Verified Voting, the Brennan Center, Common Cause and the National Election Defense Coalition suggests ways states can use Congressional election security funds. Download the PDF. For additional media inquires, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com. A new toolkit designed for advocates and election officials offers suggestions for best practices for conducting post-election audits as…

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Letter to State Election Officials on Best Practices for Voting Funds

Apr 27, 2018

Download letter as PDF On March 23rd, Congress allocated $380 million to states to upgrade election security. This is a positive development. In the age of unprecedented hacking risks, researchers have found that electronic voting infrastructure — including voting machines and registration databases — have serious vulnerabilities. While there’s no evidence that vote totals were…

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Pennsylvania Takes Critical Steps Toward Eliminating Paperless Voting by Next Presidential Election, but Not Before the 2018 Midterms

Apr 16, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “Verified Voting calls on the Pennsylvania legislature to appropriate additional funding to subsidize the cost of replacement.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, formerly Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration in the Pennsylvania Department of State, on Pennsylvania’s announcement that all counties have until the…

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Proposed Election Security Panel for Netroots Nation 2018

Apr 02, 2018

Election security is the way we protect our elections from interference and allow voters to feel confident that their vote is being counted. Being able to trust election results is a cornerstone of democracy. 2016 was a harsh reminder of what can happen when we don’t have secure election systems- and demonstrates the need for…

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Senate Intelligence Committee’s Recommendations Outline Urgent Need for Paper Ballots, Post-Election Audits

Mar 21, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “The recommendations…make the case that states need immediate federal support to build a stronger defense.” (March 21 2018) — The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report today about Russian targeting of election infrastructure during the 2016 election. Read the full set of recommendations here. The following is a statement from…

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Pennsylvania Special Election Underscores Urgent Need for Voter-Verifiable Paper Systems to Check Computer-Generated Votes

Mar 14, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “All races should be audited – whether they are close or not.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, formerly Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration in the Pennsylvania Department of State, about Tuesday’s special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District. For additional media inquires, please…

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Pennsylvania Takes Critical Steps Toward Election Security by Purchasing Voter-Verifiable Paper Systems

Feb 12, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “We applaud this decision today to increase the integrity of Pennsylvania’s elections and its move to safeguard elections.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, formerly Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration in the Pennsylvania Department of State, on Pennsylvania’s announcement that it will no longer…

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It’s Time to Safeguard Our Election

Feb 02, 2018

Author: Marian Schneider This oped was originally published in the York Dispatch on February 1, 2018. An oversight in York County, Pennsylvania on the eve of last November’s Election Day questioned the rightful winner of the election, but thankfully the potential damage stopped there. Still, the discovery of a technical error — one that allowed voters to…

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Paper Ballots and Post-Election Audits Can Safeguard our Elections as State and Local Election Officials Discuss Election Security

Jan 11, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “Passing the bipartisan Security Elections Act will advance our nation’s efforts to protect and ensure trustworthy elections.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, regarding the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) summit held today in Washington, D.C. For additional media inquires, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com “As officials…

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Congress to Pass the Secure Elections Act; Bipartisan legislation Empowers States to Protect Themselves

Jan 02, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “Passing the bipartisan Secure Elections Act will advance our nation’s efforts to protect and ensure trustworthy elections.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, on the Secure Elections Act, which was introduced by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and co-sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Lindsey…

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Testimony before the Pennsylvania State Senate Government Committee: Voting System Technology and Security

Dec 15, 2017

Download as PDF The security of election infrastructure has taken on increased significance in the aftermath of the 2016 election cycle. During the 2016 election cycle, a nation-state conducted systematic, coordinated attacks on America’s election infrastructure, with the apparent aim of disrupting the election and undermining faith in America’s democratic institutions. Intelligence reports that have…

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Election Security Experts Raise Concern about the Integrity of Alabama’s U.S. Senate Election if a Recount is Needed

Dec 12, 2017

Download as PDF Marian K. Schneider: “Alabama’s recount laws won’t do enough to protect voters’ votes.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, on election integrity, and the need for manual recounts and audits. For additional media inquires, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com “All eyes might be on the candidates running…

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Testimony of Verified Voting to the Georgia House of Representatives House Science and Technology Committee

Nov 30, 2017

Download as PDF Georgia’s voting machines need an update. The lifespan of voting machines has been estimated at 10-15 years.1 Purchased in 2002 Georgia’s voting machines are at the outside of that estimate. As voting systems age they are more susceptible to error, malfunction or security threats potentially losing or miscounting votes. Georgia is one…

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Testimony to the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Election Law

Nov 28, 2017

Download as PDF In 2016 the threat of cyber attacks on our elections from foreign entities became an alarming reality. We learned that an adversarial nation was targeting our election systems with the intent to disrupt and undermine the legitimacy of our free, democratic government. In the declassified report “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in…

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Testimony for the New Jersey State Assembly Judiciary Committee

Oct 26, 2017

Verified Voting is a national non-partisan, not for profit research and advocacy organization founded by computer scientists and committed to safeguarding democracy in the digital age. We promote technology and policies that ensure auditable, accessible and resilient voting for all eligible citizens. We urge you to adopt the proposed amendments and vote “YES” on A-4619.…

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Yes, Voting Machines Can Be Hacked – Now the Hard Work Begins

Oct 13, 2017

DEFCON Report on Machine Vulnerabilities Critical First Step in Raising Awareness, But to Secure Election Systems, States Must Adopt Paper Ballots A new report on cyber vulnerabilities of our elections systems raises awareness of a critical issue, but in order to secure our elections, we need fundamental changes made at the state and local level.…

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Letter to Virginia State Board of Elections

Sep 08, 2017

September 8, 2017 To the Virginia Board of Elections: Verified Voting is a national, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to securing democracy in the digital age. We were founded in 2004 by computer scientists as computers became more widely used in the election process. Virginia Verified Voting is a grassroots group of Virginia citizens which has…

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Letter to the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

This letter was sent to the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence following a hearing on June 21, 2017. (Download PDF) Verified Voting vigorously applauds the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its leadership and commitment to securing our elections. With clear evidence that foreign attackers sought to attack our 2016 elections through various means,…

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New Report: Internet Voting Threatens Ballot Secrecy

Feb 19, 2017

Author: Warren Stewart Casting a secret ballot in the upcoming election might not be so secret or secure depending on where – and how – you vote, according to a new report The Secret Ballot at Risk: Recommendations for Protecting Democracy. The report was coauthored by three leading organizations focused on voting technology, the Electronic…

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Our Voting System Is Hackable by Foreign Powers

Feb 17, 2017

Author: David Dill This article appeared originally in the March 2017 issue of Scientific American. The FBI, NSA and CIA all agree that the Russian government tried to influence the 2016 presidential election by hacking candidates and political parties and leaking the documents they gathered. That’s disturbing. But they could have done even worse. It…

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Give Us The Ballot | Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 16, 2017

The following passage is excerpted from a speech that Dr. King delivered before the Lincoln Memorial at the March on Washington on May 17 1957, three years after Brown v. Board of Education and eight years before the enactment of the Voting Rights Act.  Three years ago the Supreme Court of this nation rendered in…

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Letter to the North Carolina State Board of Elections

Dec 05, 2016

December 5, 2016 North Carolina State Board of Elections A.Grant Whitney Jr. Rhonda K. Amoroso Joshua D. Malcolm James Baker Maja Kricker Honorable Board Members, Verified Voting is national, non-partisan, non-profit advocacy and research organization committed to promoting and supporting secure and trustworthy election technology and practices. We have long supported the adoption of post-election…

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Election Security Is a Matter of National Security

Dec 02, 2016

Author: David Dill This article appeared originally at Scientific American on November 30, 2016. State-sponsored cyber-attacks seemingly intended to influence the 2016 Presidential election have raised a question: Is the vulnerability of computerized voting systems to hacking a critical threat to our national security? Can an adversary use methods of cyber-warfare to select our commander-in-chief?…

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Want to Know if the Election was Hacked? Look at the Ballots

Nov 25, 2016

This response was originally posted at Medium.com and is cross-posted here with permission of the author. You may have read at NYMag that I’ve been in discussions with the Clinton campaign about whether it might wish to seek recounts in critical states. That article, which includes somebody else’s description of my views, incorrectly describes the reasons…

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Election Integrity: Missing Components to Remedy

Nov 11, 2016

Author: Candice Hoke This oped appeared originally at the The Hill on November 8, 2016. Our election systems’ vulnerabilities received unprecedented bipartisan and media attention from mid-summer onward, sparked by the apparently Russian origins of hacks into the Democrat’s communications systems. If tampering with the U.S. election process was a goal, then election technologies used…

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Testimony Before the House Subcommittee on IT

Oct 03, 2016

Author: Andrew W. Appel This article appeared originally at Freedom to Tinker on September 30, 2016. I was invited to testify yesterday before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Information Technology, at a hearing entitled “Cybersecurity: Ensuring the Integrity of the Ballot Box.” My written testimony is available here. My 5-minute opening statement went…

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Which Voting Machines Can be Hacked Through the Internet?

Sep 21, 2016

Author: Andrew W. Appel This article was originally published at Freedom to Tinker on September 20, 2016.  Over 9000 jurisdictions (counties and states) in the U.S. run elections with a variety of voting machines: optical scanners for paper ballots, and direct-recording “touchscreen” machines.  Which ones of them can be hacked to make them cheat, to transfer…

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Why Voting Systems Must be as Secure as the U.S. Power Grid

Aug 17, 2016

Authors: Karen Hobert Glynn and Pamela Smith This oped was posted by Reuters on August 17, 2016. Every American has the right to have their vote counted. The Department of Homeland Security is weighing steps to help safeguard that right. The agency is considering actions to secure the voting process against cyber-threats by designating voting…

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Why Online Voting is a Danger to Democracy

Jun 06, 2016

Author: David Dill InterThis article was originally posted at The Stanford Report. If, like a growing number of people, you’re willing to trust the Internet to safeguard your finances, shepherd your love life, and maybe even steer your car, being able to cast your vote online might seem like a logical, perhaps overdue, step. No…

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California’s Internet Voting Initiatives

Feb 26, 2016

Author: David Jefferson and Barbara Simons This article was originally published in Communications of the ACM on February 24, 2016. California, home of an underabundance of rain and an overabundance of ballot initiatives, may be confronted with one or two initiatives on this November’s ballot that, if passed by the voters, will mandate the establishment…

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All Election Integrity is Local: Remembering John Washburn (1962-2016)

Jan 22, 2016

Author: Warren Stewart We were saddened to learn of the untimely passing of election integrity activist John Washburn at the age of 53. John was a fiercely independent thinker – disarmingly honest and contagiously cheerful – and a passionate advocate for transparent election administration. Verified Voting President Pamela Smith noted that John “was actively engaged…

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What if Volkswagen made Voting Machines?

Sep 25, 2015

Author: Barbara Simons Volkswagen stock plummeted today, because of accusations by the Environmental Protection Agency that VW uses software that turns on its emission control device when the software detects that one of its diesel cars is undergoing emission testing. When not being tested, the software disables the device, thereby causing the car to spew…

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How Not to Measure Security

Aug 12, 2015

Author: Jeremy Epstein This article was originally posted at Freedom to Tinker on August 10, 2015. It is reposted here with permission of the author. A recent paper published by Smartmatic, a vendor of voting systems, caught my attention. The first thing is that it’s published by Springer, which typically publishes peer-reviewed articles – which…

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Hack the Vote: The Perils of the Online Ballot Box

May 30, 2014

Authors: Pamela Smith and Bruce McConnell While most voters will cast their ballots at polling stations in November, online voting has been quietly and rapidly expanding in the United States over the last decade. Over 30 states and territories allow some form of Internet voting (such as by email or through a direct portal) for…

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A Valuable Resource for Election Recounts

Feb 14, 2014

Last week Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota released Recount Principles and Best Practices, a document providing recommendations on key recount matters such as counting methods, transparency, voter intent and challengers. The document is especially welcome as it was produced through the cooperation of election officials and citizen activists and it is the first comprehensive set…

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Post Election Audits for New Hampshire

Jan 27, 2014

The following testimony was presented by Verified Voting President Pamela Smith to the New Hampshire House Election Law Committee on January 21, 2014. No voting system is perfect. Nearly all elections in New Hampshire, as in most of the nation, are counted using electronic vote counting systems. Such systems have produced result-changing errors through problems…

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Verified Voting Applauds Findings in Presidential Commission Report on Elections

Jan 24, 2014

Today’s landmark report by the Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA), The American Voting Experience: Report and Recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, recognizes many of the obstacles and opportunities in today’s election administration universe, and proposes several excellent approaches to solving some of those challenges. “We applaud the bi-partisan Commission’s substantial work,…

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Recommendations to the Presidential Commission on Election Administration

Aug 08, 2013

Author: Pamela Smith The Presidential Commission on Election Administration will meet again today in Denver, Colorado. The Webcast can be linked to via the Commission website. Verified Voting has submitted the following recommendations to the Commission. I. Contingency Planning and Eliminating Long Lines On Election Day, long lines were produced in many cases due to voting…

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Developing a Framework to Improve Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

Apr 10, 2013

Under Executive Order 13636 [2] (“Executive Order”), the Secretary of Commerce is tasked to direct the Director of NIST to develop a framework for reducing cyber risks to critical infrastructure (the “Cybersecurity Framework” or “Framework”). The Framework will consist of standards, methodologies, procedures and processes that align policy, business, and technological approaches to address cyber risks. The Department…

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Helping LA County Build a Voting System

Apr 02, 2013

Author: Joseph Lorenzo Hall This past week I was at the kick-off meeting of the LA County Voting System Assessment Project’s (VSAP) Technical Advisory Committee. The VSAP is Registrar/ClerkDean Logan’s intense and groundbreaking effort to design, develop, procure and implement a publicly owned voting system. I am honored to be asked to serve on such an important body.…

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Internet Voting for Overseas Military Puts Election Security at Risk

Mar 23, 2013

Author: Pamela Smith Connecticut lawmakers are considering legislation to allow military voters to cast ballots over the Internet. The intention of this legislation is well-meaning — Connecticut does need to improve the voting process for military voters — but Internet voting is not the answer. Every day, headlines reveal just how vulnerable and insecure any…

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Letter to the President

Dec 05, 2012

Download Verified Voting’s letter to President Barack Obama (PDF) December 5, 2012 The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Obama: We agree wholeheartedly with your call to eliminate long lines in voting. Citizens should not have to choose between waiting for…

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Voting in Colorado

Oct 21, 2012

Author: Barbara Simons Arapahoe County Colorado was in the news the week with the Denver Post reporting that envelopes containing absentee ballots mailed to over 230,000 voters included “I Voted” stickers, which rubbed up against the ballot and in some cases left a faint, near-linear mark that appeared exactly where voters draw a line to select their…

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Virginia – the new Florida?

Oct 09, 2012

Author: Barbara Simons There are many ways in which Virginia 2012 could resemble the Florida 2000 – only worse. At least in 2000 there were paper ballots to recount in Florida.  But only 7 out of 134 Virginia localities (Virginia terminology for counties and independent cities) do not use paperless  Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines.…

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Ohio – Improved but Still a Concern

Oct 07, 2012

Author: Barbara Simons Ohio’s status as a large battleground state means that problems in Ohio could have a significant impact nationwide. Although Ohio is in better shape than a number of states because there are no paperless voting machines,The major concern is that about half the counties use Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) machines, though they…

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Computer Technologists’ Statement on Internet Voting

Sep 14, 2012

Because of the increasing frequency of proposals to allow remote voting over the internet, we believe it is necessary to warn policymakers and the public that secure internet voting is a very hard technical problem, and that we should proceed with internet voting schemes only after thorough consideration of the technical and non-technical issues in…

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Problems Come When Using Databases to Disqualify Voters

Aug 27, 2012

Author: Douglas W. Jones During their news conference Friday, Iowa’s Republican secretary of state, Matt Schultz, and Democratic attorney general, Tom Miller, presented evidence suggesting there are non-citizens who have registered to vote illegally and that some of these illegal registrants have voted. Clearly, further investigation is called for, and if indeed these people have voted, they should be prosecuted. I…

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Comments on Proposed Changes to Colorado Election Rule 43

Mar 07, 2012

On February 14, 2012, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler held a hearing on proposed changes to existing regulations governing county procedures for the security of ballots, voting equipment, and other election materials.  The public was invited to comment.  Verified Voting reviewed the proposed rules changes (which can be found here) and made the following comment,…

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Roadmap for Future California Election

Dec 30, 2011

When it comes to elections, what does California do well? What could California do better? How have we led, and how have we perhaps lagged behind? These are questions that a diverse group of individuals and organizations asked themselves and one another over the course of three months, with an aim to envision the future…

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Developing Standards fo Election Data

Dec 17, 2011

Author: John McCarthy One of the challenges faced by advocates of election audits and transparency is that current voting systems each record and store election file data in unique ways. This is no surprise given that vendors have long claimed that their systems are proprietary. But the current model of storing election data in ways…

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Dismissed Venango County Pennsylvania Election Board Files Appeal

Dec 02, 2011

Attorney Charles A. Pascal, Jr., has filed a Motion For Reconsideration on behalf of members of the specially appointed Venango County Election Board. The filing was made this afternoon in response to President Judge Oliver J. Lobaugh’s order dismissing the Board yesterday. Citing ongoing investigations into serious voting machine problems reported during the May 17…

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If I can shop and bank online, why can’t I vote online?

Nov 02, 2011

Author: David Jefferson There is widespread pressure around the country today for the introduction of some form of Internet voting in public elections that would allow people to vote online, all electronically, from their own personal computers or mobile devices. Proponents argue that Internet voting would offer greater speed and convenience, particularly for overseas and…

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Report on the Estonian Internet Voting System

Sep 03, 2011

Author: Barbara Simons I visited Estonia in mid-July of this year at the invitation of Edgar Savisaar, the country’s first prime minister and current mayor of Tallinn. Mr. Savisaar is the leader of the Centre Party, which placed second in recent national elections. The Centre Party and Mr. Savisaar have been questioning the outcome of…

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Report on second risk-limiting audit under AB 2023 in Monterey County California

May 07, 2011

Author: Phillip Stark The second risk-limiting audit under California AB 2023 was conducted on May 6 in Monterey County. The contest was a Special all-mail election for Monterey Peninsula Water Management District Director, Division 1.  Monterey uses Sequoia equipment. There were two candidates: Brenda Lewis and Thomas M. Mancini, and write-ins. 2111 ballots were cast in all.  The reported totals were…

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Online voting is risky and expensive

Apr 29, 2011

Author: Luther Weeks Online voting is an appealing option to speed voting for military and overseas voters. Yet it is actually “Democracy Theater”, providing an expensive, risky illusion of supporting our troops. Technologists warn of the unsolved technical challenges, while experience shows that the risks are tangible and pervasive. There are safer, less expensive solutions…

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Oak Ridge, spear phishing, and i-voting

Apr 25, 2011

Author: Jeremy Epstein Oak Ridge National Labs (one of the US national energy labs, along with Sandia, Livermore, Los Alamos, etc) had a bunch of people fall for a spear phishing attack (see articles in Computerworld and many other descriptions). For those not familiar with the term, spear phishing is sending targeted emails at specific recipients, designed to…

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Flawed Wisconsin Race Proves Need for Transparency, Accountability in Election Procedures

Apr 17, 2011

Author: Rebecca Wilson, SaveOurVotes.org When Wisconsin voters flocked to the polls on April 5, one of the factors driving the high turnout was the State Supreme Court contest between incumbent Justice David Prosser and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg. Prosser, whose term ends July 31, often casts the deciding vote on the seven-member court. He is a conservative Republican former…

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Disappointing Reversal on Transparency and Security for Washington Elections

Mar 07, 2011

A bill aimed at reducing restriction to voting for military and other overseas voters passed the Washington State Senate by a 47-1 vote on Friday.  Senate Bill 5171 contains many provisions that will certainly make voting easier for Washington citizens living overseas including moving the primary election date two weeks earlier and meeting requirements of…

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New York SD 7: Count the Paper

Dec 16, 2010

Author: Bo Lipari In the first test case of how we verify election results using New York’s new paper ballots, the State Judiciary is in the process of setting an egregious precedent – Judges are free to nullify audits and recounts in the interests of having a quick decision. In Nassau County’s contested 7th Senate…

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Maryland Report – Scanners Cost Less than DREs

Dec 13, 2010

A new study commissioned by the state of Maryland has just taken a close look at the relative cost of optical-scan paper-ballot voting systems compared with electronic touch-screen systems, and found that optical-scan paper-ballot systems are less expensive . These findings are timely and important not only for Maryland, but for other states as well. With Maryland’s direct-recording…

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Unique Challenges of Election Administration

Nov 18, 2010

For most Americans the election has been over for two weeks, but for the state and local officials tasked with administering elections the process continues. Most jurisdictions are involved in the certification process, during which vote totals are confirmed, absentee ballots are tabulated and the status of provisional ballots are determined. Over half the states…

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Pulling the Lever for Paper

Nov 16, 2010

Author: Bo Lipari The 2010 elections quietly marked a milestone in election technology history. For the first time in over a hundred years, this was the first national election in which mechanical lever machines were not used. Lever machines were at one time so ubiquitous in US culture that the phrase “pull the lever” is…

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Paper vs. Electronic Voting in Houston

Nov 08, 2010

Author: Dan Wallach Back in late August, Harris County (Houston)’s warehouse with all 10,000 of our voting machines, burned to the ground. As I blogged at the time, our county decided to spend roughly $14 million of its $40 million insurance settlement on purchasing replacement electronic voting machines of the same type destroyed in the fire,…

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In D.C.’s Web Voting Test, the Hackers Were the Good Guys

Oct 30, 2010

Author: Barbara Simons, David Jefferson and Jeremy Epstein Last month, the District conducted an Internet voting experiment that resulted in a team from the University of Michigan infiltrating election computers so completely that they were able to modify every ballot cast and all election outcomes without ever leaving their offices. They also retrieved the username…

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Voting Machine Expert Offers Insights on North Carolina “Vote-Flipping”

Oct 29, 2010

Douglas Jones is a voting technology expert on the computer science faculty at the University of Iowa who has done extensive study of the ES&S iVotronic direct recording voting machine. In this interview he offers his insights on reports of straight-party voting problems on iVotronics in multiple North Carolina counties. Q: Are you familiar with this type…

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Vote Flipping and Touch Screen Calibration

Oct 27, 2010

Again this election cycle, stories have emerged about “vote flipping”, most notably in Texas, where a video of erratic touchscreen behavior was posted on several sites, and in several North Carolina counties. (link, link, link, link) As voting technology expert Douglas Jones wrote several years ago, it seems unlikely that vote flipping is evidence of intentional hacking. However, these incidents do highlight…

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Comprehensive Map of US Voting Equipment Released

Oct 20, 2010

Voter-marked paper ballots dominate among U.S. voting methods, but one fourth of voters still depend on unverifiable equipment Verified Voting has released a new version of the Verifier, a map of voting technology used throughout the United States and territories, along with a statistical summary of voting technology that States will use this November. The…

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Hacking the D.C. Internet Voting Pilot

Oct 15, 2010

Author: J. Alex Halderman This article was posted at Ed Felten’s “Freedom to Tinker” blog and is re-posted with permission. The District of Columbia is conducting a pilot project to allow overseas and military voters to download and return absentee ballots over the Internet. Before opening the system to real voters, D.C. has been holding…

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States May Use Federal HAVA Funds for Post-Election Audits

Oct 13, 2010

Author: Sean Flaherty Post-election audits of electronic vote tallies are inexpensive.  The process is simple: a sample of precincts (or batches of ballots that have been tallied electronically) is chosen randomly, counted by hand, and compared to the corresponding computer tally.  To mention just two examples, North Carolina conducted an audit of  the Presidential election…

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Dangers of Internet Voting Confirmed

Oct 10, 2010

Guest Author For years, computer security experts have said that casting ballots using the Internet cannot be done securely. Now, after a team from the University of Michigan successfully hacked the Washington D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics (DCBOEE) public test of Internet voting, we have a visceral demonstration of just how serious the threats…

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The meaning of Alex Halderman’s successful attack on the DC Internet voting system

Oct 06, 2010

Author: David Jefferson University of Michigan Prof. Alex Halderman has now released some details about his successful attack on the District of Columbia’s proposed Internet voting system which has been under test for the last week. (See www.freedom-to-tinker.com.) It is now clear that Halderman and his team were able to completely subvert the entire DC…

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Thoughts on the New York Primary

Sep 22, 2010

Author: Bo Lipari Despite the impressions received from media reports, the September 14th primary was not the first time that New Yorkers voted on paper ballots and scanners. In the 2009 off-year election, 47 counties in upstate New York used the new systems as part of a pilot program. This trial run taught participants valuable…

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An Important New Proposal for Voting Machines

Sep 20, 2010

If you’ve wondered why voting machine problems seem to occur again and again around the country and what can be done about it, the Brennan Center at New York University School of Law has an answer. A report released last week by the non-partisan organization, Voting System Failures: A Database Solution, found that in the absence…

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How the Internet Works

Sep 07, 2010

If we can use the Internet to deliver blank ballots, then why not use it to return voted ballots? Part of the answer lies with the nature of the Internet itself. If we are to be sure that the vote cast is the same as the vote counted, we need a way to guarantee that 1)…

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Internet Voting – An Introduction

Aug 18, 2010

In a wired world, it was inevitable that the subject of Internet Voting become a hot topic sooner rather than later. But more than just a topic of discussion, this year eighteen states will allow overseas ballots to be returned via email in November’s elections. Yet according to security experts, voted ballots sent via Internet…

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State Election Officials: Recountable Process a Must for Overseas Voters

Jul 28, 2010

Last week, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) adopted a resolution acknowledging both serious security and privacy concerns related to Internet voting and the need for a verifiable, recountable election process. Verified Voting applauds NASS for adopting this official position. Military and overseas voters (also called “UOCAVA voters” after the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting…

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Voting results in New Jersey should not be mysterious

Jul 17, 2010

Author: Penny M. Venetis Last week in South Carolina, an unknown, unemployed veteran (recently indicted on felony obscenity charges) who did not even campaign, beat a well-financed political veteran in the Democratic Senate primary election. Even the White House called the results “mysterious.” Allegations have been made that South Carolina’s touch-screen computerized voting machines were…

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Best Practices for Voting Systems Supporting Military and Overseas Voters

Jun 18, 2010

Author: Pamela Smith Given the current focus on UOCAVA implementation, the NIST draft Information System Security Best Practices for UOCAVA-Supporting Systems (referred to here as the Draft) is a timely and important document. A summary of security standards and guidelines “deemed most applicable for jurisdictions using IT systems to support UOCAVA voting” is indeed necessary at a…

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On the South Carolina Primary – A call for recountable, auditable voting systems

Jun 15, 2010

Last week’s surprising outcome in a party primary in South Carolina for United States Senate was accompanied by anecdotal reports of voting problems on election day, and many questions about the accuracy of the vote count. Whether specific reports of irregularities in this election are confirmed, the most important fact about South Carolina’s voting system…

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The 2010 Primaries: More Recounts than Recountable Elections

May 25, 2010

The 2010 primary election season is in full swing.  As in every election cycle, there are a number of extremely close races, with recounts looming for some.  So far this year, state-mandated automatic recounts are likely for the Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, and for the Republican primary for Ohio’s 18th U.S. Congressional District.  In…

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Comments on EAC UOCAVA Pilot Program Testing Requirements

May 13, 2010

Author: Pamela Smith This week the Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) released public comments submitted on their draft UOCAVA Pilot Program Testing Requirements. The EAC document spell outs testing and certification requirements for Internet voting pilot programs for military and overseas voters, partly in response to the requirements of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act passed in…

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Comments to EAC on Internet Voting

May 05, 2010

With many states already deploying a form of Internet voting, email return of voted ballots (see map), it is important that requirements for remote voting systems and the pilot programs that test them reflect the highest standards for security. On April 30, 2010, Verified Voting submitted comments to the EAC on proposed testing requirements for military and…

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Military and Overseas Voting Update

Author: Bo Lipari For members of the military, their families, and other United States citizens living overseas, voting has always presented unique challenges. Some of these problems include reliable delivery of blank ballots to the voters, secure and timely return of voted ballots, and authenticating that ballots were completed and returned by the same person…

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Efficient Auditing of Election Results

On March 27 and 28, 2010, Verified Voting and Common Cause sponsored a meeting of in Washington, D.C. to share experiences and ideas for improving post-election audits. The participants included election officials, statisticians, computer and political scientists, election integrity advocates, and voting system vendor technical staff. This meeting marked the first time that diverse stakeholders,…

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Responsible Use of Technology for Overseas Voting

Feb 18, 2010

Last November, the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) contacted each State with recommendations for meeting the new requirements established in the MOVE Act with the goal of bringing the absentee voting success rate for Uniformed Service members, their families and citizens residing outside the U.S. in line with that of the general population. Verified Voting strongly supports FVAP’s…

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Dominion Sues to Stop New York City Contract with ES&S

Guest Author Update I, 2/19/10 – Court documents posted, links here In a surprise move, Dominion Voting Systems has filed an Article 78 lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court in Albany to stop the New York City Board of Elections from awarding a $70 million dollar contract for new voting machines to ES&S. If a temporary restraining order is…

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Judge Orders Expert Review of Voting Machines in New Jersey

Feb 02, 2010

Author: Pamela Smith A judge in New Jersey has ordered a new review of New Jersey’s voting systems, this time by qualified technical experts, in a partial victory for advocates challenging the systems’ constitutionality. State law requires that voting systems be “accurate and reliable.” From our vantage point, these systems don’t meet that standard; because they cannot be audited,…

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Software in Dangerous Places

Jan 26, 2010

Author: Dan Wallach, Rice University  This article was posted at Freedom to Tinker and is reposted here with permission of the author. Software increasingly manages the world around us, in subtle ways that are often hard to see. Software helps fly our airplanes (in some cases, particularly military fighter aircraft, software is the only thing keeping them…

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Hurry Up and Wait: Tennessee Senate Delays, Weakens Voter Confidence Act in the Opening hours of the 2010 Session

Jan 15, 2010

On the basis of several highly questionable assumptions, the Tennessee General Assembly has voted to delay implementation of paper ballot voting until 2012, and to eliminate the Tennessee Voter Confidence Act’s provision for routine hand-counted audits of computer vote tallies. On Tuesday, the Tennessee Senate passed House Bill 614 on a vote of 22-10. The Senate’s passage of…

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Statewide Databases of Registered Voters: Study Of Accuracy, Privacy, Usability, Security, and Reliability Issues

Feb 16, 2006

Verified Voting Board Chair Dr. Barbara Simons co-chaired a study commissioned by the Association for Computing Machinery: Citing the danger of voter fraud and disenfranchisement from poorly implemented databases, a committee of experts commissioned by USACM released a report making almost 100 recommendations to state and local officials charged with creating and managing statewide voter registration databases (VRDs). The report…

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Verified Voting Welcomes Neal McBurnett to its Board of Directors

Apr 09, 2021

The following is a statement from Verified Voting. For additional press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA (April 9, 2021) – Verified Voting, a leading national organization whose mission is to strengthen democracy for all voters by promoting the responsible use of technology in elections, welcomes Neal McBurnett to its Board of Directors. McBurnett previously served…

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A Spotlight on Election Officials: Ruth Elliott

Apr 08, 2021

We are privileged to work closely with election officials on a daily basis. Their work to safely and securely administer our elections goes far beyond what voters see on Election Day – and, as we saw in 2020, can at times come at great personal risk. To shine a light on the important role they…

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Election Security Experts Call Proposed Internet Voting Bill in Colo. Unsafe; Mobile Voting Could Undermine Trust in Elections

Apr 05, 2021

The following is a statement from Mark Lindeman, acting co-director of Verified Voting, regarding the introduction of Colorado: SB21-188 — a bill that would allow Colorado voters with disabilities to return a ballot electronically. For additional press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 5, 2021) — “Votes that can’t be verified are not a…

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Verified Voting Releases Groundbreaking Study on Election Technology Industry and Voting Machines

Mar 30, 2021

The following is a statement from Verified Voting. For additional press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 30, 2021) — Verified Voting today released “The Price of Voting,” a groundbreaking study by principal investigator Matthew Caulfield and a team of student researchers at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Drawing on the…

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Verified Voting Supports Specific Election Security Measures in the For the People Act, S.1.

Mar 18, 2021

The following is a statement and letter from Verified Voting in support of election security reforms outlined in For the People Act (S.1). For additional media inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com  PHILADELPHIA (March 18, 2021) —  Verified Voting is supporting specific measures in S.1, as well as in Title III of H.R.1, and urges Congress to…

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Verified Voting Welcomes Martin Hellman to its Board of Directors

Mar 04, 2021

The following is a statement from Verified Voting. For additional press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA (March 4, 2021) – Verified Voting, a leading national organization whose mission is to strengthen democracy for all voters by promoting the responsible use of technology in elections, welcomes Prof. Martin Hellman to its Board of Directors. Hellman previously…

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Election Security Experts Say Limiting Options for Voting and Expanding Internet Voting is Not Election Security

Feb 24, 2021

The following is a statement from Verified Voting. For additional press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA, PA (February 24, 2021) — Mark Lindeman, co-director of Verified Voting, released the following statement today in regard to the recent wave of legislation being introduced to limit options for secure voting: “Recently introduced legislation in states across the…

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Verified Voting Condemns Insurrection on Capitol Hill; Reaffirms a Legitimate, Free and Fair Election

Jan 07, 2021

The following is a statement from Verified Voting following the violence today in Washington, D.C. For additional media inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA (January 6, 2021) — “Verified Voting strongly condemns the violence today at the U.S. Capitol. For more than a decade, we have worked to promote reliable, legitimate elections, using technology that can…

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In letter to 117th Congress, Verified Voting supports specific election security measures in H.R. 1

Jan 05, 2021

The following is a statement and letter from Verified Voting in support of election security reforms outlined in For the People Act (H.R.1/S.949). For additional media inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA (January 5, 2021) — “Voter-verifiable paper ballots and post-election audits are needed to increase election security, which is why Verified Voting is supporting specific…

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Verified Voting Welcomes Dr. Poorvi Vora to its Board of Directors

Dec 14, 2020

PHILADELPHIA (December 14, 2020) – Verified Voting, a leading national organization whose mission is to strengthen democracy for all voters by promoting the responsible use of technology in elections, welcomes Dr. Poorvi Vora to its Board of Directors. Vora previously served on its Board of Advisors and is currently Professor of Computer Science at The…

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Verified Voting Congratulates GA Election Officials on Completing Historic Full Hand Count Tabulation Audit

Nov 20, 2020

Download Statement (November 20, 2020) — “Georgia’s successful hand count marks a watershed for trustworthy elections in the state and nationally,” said Mark Lindeman, interim co-director. “Using Georgia’s new paper-based voting system, voters can check their ballots, and then election officials can review some or all of the ballots to confirm or correct the results.…

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Verified Voting provides technical support to Georgia’s post-election audit

Nov 13, 2020

The following is a statement from Mark Lindeman, Interim Co-Director of Verified Voting, on Georgia’s post-election audit of the 2020 presidential contest. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com November 13, 2020 – “We’re on the ground in Georgia to provide pro-bono technical support to Georgia election officials as they conduct an audit…

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Verified Voting Releases Post-Election Statement

Nov 04, 2020

The following is a statement from Verified Voting. For additional press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA (November 4, 2020) — “We must give election officials the time they need to count and verify every ballot – doing so is a sign that our democracy is working. Mail ballots require different processing procedures (such as checking…

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Verified Voting Responds to Feds’ Announcement of Foreign Interference

Oct 22, 2020

The following is a statement from Verified Voting in response to the FBI’s announcement that Iran and Russia interfered with the presidential election. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA (October 21, 2020) — “Security experts warned that foreign interference in our elections was inevitable, but our elections are resilient and the…

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Verified Voting calls attacks on mail voting unfounded; Encourages voters to make their plan to vote

Sep 30, 2020

Download Statement The following is a statement from Verified Voting following the first presidential debate. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com September 30, 2020 — “Election experts agree that mail voting is secure and that the only way to make sure your vote doesn’t count is if you don’t vote. It’s important…

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Verified Voting supports election funding, security measures in updated version of proposed HEROES Act

Sep 29, 2020

Download Statement The following is a statement from Verified Voting in response to the updated proposed coronavirus response package, the HEROES Act. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com September 29, 2020 — “Voting is already underway and with Election Day less than 35 days away, election officials are working against the clock…

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Verified Voting: Asking Supreme Court to Appeal Mail Ballot Deadline in Pennsylvania Will Create Confusion for Voters

Sep 23, 2020

Download Statement The following is a statement from Verified Voting in response to Republicans’ plan to ask the current eight member U.S. Supreme Court to review a major Pennsylvania state court ruling that extended the deadline for voted mail ballots to be received in the key battleground state. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora…

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Verified Voting Announces Mark Lindeman and Cris Landa as Interim Co-Directors

Sep 11, 2020

Download Statement PHILADELPHIA (September 11, 2020) — Verified Voting, a non-partisan organization focused exclusively on the critical role technology plays in election administration, announced today that Marian K. Schneider is stepping down from her role as the organization’s president for personal reasons. We are grateful for Marian’s dedication to election security issues and the important…

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Pennsylvania Takes an Important Step Toward Transparent Elections with Statewide Post-Election Audit

Aug 26, 2020

The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting on the completion of Pennsylvania’s first statewide risk-limiting audit (RLA) following the June 2020 primary. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com.   August 26, 2020 (Philadelphia) – “Verified Voting is proud to be a part of Pennsylvania’s first statewide…

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Verified Voting Praises Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf For Announcing Bond Financing To Reimburse Counties For Purchasing Voting Machines

Jul 11, 2019

Marian K. Schneider: “This move will ensure the smooth transition to secure and verifiable voting systems and will free up money for counties to use toward cybersecurity training and voter education.” “Verified Voting is pleased with Gov. Wolf’s commitment to replace electronic voting systems. The availability of this $90 million financing will allow counties to…

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To Enhance Election Security, Rhode Island Tests A New Way To Verify Election Results

Jan 15, 2019

Rhode Island is making good on its promise to road-test risk-limiting election audits, following 2017 passage of legislation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, requiring them. Beginning with the presidential primary in April 2020, Rhode Island will become the second state to require these audits to verify election results. A “risk limiting” audit checks if…

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Election Security Experts Applaud City of Fairfax, VA and Orange County, CA for Leading in New Election Integrity Methods

Dec 17, 2018

New Reports from Verified Voting Show How Risk-Limiting Audits in California and Virginia Can Improve Election Security and Public Confidence Robust post-election audits are changing the election security landscape and the City of Fairfax, Virginia and Orange County, California are leading the way. Risk-limiting audits (RLAs) of voter-marked paper ballots can promote election security and…

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Verified Voting Welcomes Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams to its Board of Advisors

Dec 13, 2018

Wayne Williams: “I’m excited to share my expertise so that we can continue to strengthen our nation’s election systems and voters’ confidence in those systems.” Verified Voting, a leading national organization focused solely on making our voting technology secure, welcomes Wayne Williams to its Advisory Board. Williams, while serving as Colorado Secretary of State from…

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Steps Voters Can Take to Report Problems on Election Day

Nov 06, 2018

Recent reports of possible threats to voting systems and registration databases are alarming, but voters should not be deterred from voting this Election Day. Election officials at the state-level are more prepared for cybersecurity threats or problems with computers than they were two years ago. “The only way to ensure your vote doesn’t count is…

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What Would an Attack on the U.S. Elections Look Like?

Oct 12, 2018

Election Experts to Discuss How Hackers Might Target Voter Rolls, Registration in the 2018 Elections, What Signs to Look For and How to Respond. For more information, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com, (301)-221-7984. What Press call to discuss election day security preparedness and “What Would a 2018 Election Hack Look Like?” When Monday, October 15,…

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Wisconsin Proves It’s Not Too Late for States to Take Key Election Security Steps Before November

Oct 02, 2018

Nearly 20 U.S. States Do Not Audit Election Results by Checking Paper Ballots Against Machine Counts or Lack a Paper Ballot to Conduct Effective Audits WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wisconsin’s action last week requiring a post-election audit will help secure the November vote and should be followed by states that lack such protections, according to Public…

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Audit Language of the Secure Elections Act Falls Short of Standard for Effective Election Cyberdefense

Aug 17, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “Verified Voting cannot in good conscience support the Secure Elections Act unless the previous audit language of the bill is restored” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, formerly Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration in the Pennsylvania Department of State, regarding the Chairman’s mark of…

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Security Experts Call on ES&S to Provide States with Steps to Disable Problematic Software Installed on Voting Machines

Jul 18, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “Verified Voting calls on all the voting system vendors to be full partners in the effort to secure our elections.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, following news that ES&S, the country’s top voting-machine maker, admitted installing problematic remote-access software on election-management systems that it…

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Pennsylvania Takes Critical Steps Toward Eliminating Paperless Voting by Next Presidential Election, but Not Before the 2018 Midterms

Apr 16, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “Verified Voting calls on the Pennsylvania legislature to appropriate additional funding to subsidize the cost of replacement.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, formerly Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration in the Pennsylvania Department of State, on Pennsylvania’s announcement that all counties have until the…

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Pennsylvania Special Election Underscores Urgent Need for Voter-Verifiable Paper Systems to Check Computer-Generated Votes

Mar 14, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “All races should be audited – whether they are close or not.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, formerly Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration in the Pennsylvania Department of State, about Tuesday’s special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District. For additional media inquires, please…

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Pennsylvania Takes Critical Steps Toward Election Security by Purchasing Voter-Verifiable Paper Systems

Feb 12, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “We applaud this decision today to increase the integrity of Pennsylvania’s elections and its move to safeguard elections.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, formerly Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration in the Pennsylvania Department of State, on Pennsylvania’s announcement that it will no longer…

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Paper Ballots and Post-Election Audits Can Safeguard our Elections as State and Local Election Officials Discuss Election Security

Jan 11, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “Passing the bipartisan Security Elections Act will advance our nation’s efforts to protect and ensure trustworthy elections.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, regarding the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) summit held today in Washington, D.C. For additional media inquires, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com “As officials…

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Election Security Experts Raise Concern about the Integrity of Alabama’s U.S. Senate Election if a Recount is Needed

Dec 12, 2017

Download as PDF Marian K. Schneider: “Alabama’s recount laws won’t do enough to protect voters’ votes.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, on election integrity, and the need for manual recounts and audits. For additional media inquires, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com “All eyes might be on the candidates running…

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Testimony to the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Election Law

Nov 28, 2017

Download as PDF In 2016 the threat of cyber attacks on our elections from foreign entities became an alarming reality. We learned that an adversarial nation was targeting our election systems with the intent to disrupt and undermine the legitimacy of our free, democratic government. In the declassified report “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in…

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Efficient Auditing of Election Results

May 05, 2010

On March 27 and 28, 2010, Verified Voting and Common Cause sponsored a meeting of in Washington, D.C. to share experiences and ideas for improving post-election audits. The participants included election officials, statisticians, computer and political scientists, election integrity advocates, and voting system vendor technical staff. This meeting marked the first time that diverse stakeholders,…

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Verified Voting Announces Mark Lindeman and Cris Landa as Interim Co-Directors

Sep 11, 2020

Download Statement PHILADELPHIA (September 11, 2020) — Verified Voting, a non-partisan organization focused exclusively on the critical role technology plays in election administration, announced today that Marian K. Schneider is stepping down from her role as the organization’s president for personal reasons. We are grateful for Marian’s dedication to election security issues and the important…

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Verified Voting Blog: Verified Voting to Congress: Pass Funding Now

Jul 23, 2020

Voters should not have to choose between their health and their vote, and with a little more than 100 days before the election, Verified Voting continues to urge Congress to pass $3.6 billion in funding included in the HEROES Act for election officials to conduct safe and secure elections in November. As yesterday’s Senate Rules Committee hearing on “2020 General Election…

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Verified Voting Praises Federal Guidance Issued Opposing Internet Voting

Jun 03, 2020

The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting in response to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)’s guidance to states warning about security concerns with any voting system that…

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Verified Voting Supports Election Funding, Security Measures In Proposed HEROES Act

May 13, 2020

The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting in response to the House Democrats’ proposed coronavirus response package, the HEROES Act HR 6800. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com Download PDF May 13, 2020 — “COVID-19 created a new landscape for conducting elections and election officials need…

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Verified Voting Releases COVID-19 Election Security Recommendations

Apr 10, 2020

Download the Verified Voting’s guidance here The COVID-19 epidemic has impacted many aspects of American democracy. Primaries have been rescheduled, processes for absentee ballots changed, and polling sites relocated, often with less than 24 hours’ notice. Throughout it all, election officials have been and will continue to be essential workers on the front line of…

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Recommendations For Election Officials And Voters Ahead Of March 17 Primaries

Mar 16, 2020

The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting in response to concerns around the March 17 primaries and the COVID-19 pandemic. For additional media inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – (March 16, 2020) “We understand the growing concerns about keeping voters safe at the polls amid the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), which is why it’s…

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Verified Voting Says Situation With Iowa Caucuses Reveals Risks Associated With Technology

Feb 02, 2020

View the statement here. The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting following the delay of the results from the Iowa caucuses. For additional media inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com. “The situation with Iowa’s caucus reveals the risks associated with technology, in this case with a mobile app, but more importantly…

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What Is A Risk-Limiting Audit (RLA)?

Jan 27, 2020

Download Risk Limiting Audit 2-pager (pdf) Today Verified Voting released a guide describing risk-limiting audits, how they are different from other types of audits, and how a risk-limiting audit is conducted. The chart also outlines the elements needed for an RLA to meaningfully support confidence in reported election outcomes. For more information on the types…

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Verified Voting Comments On Proposed Amendments To Georgia State Election Board Rules

Jan 15, 2020

Download as PDF Verified Voting welcomes the opportunity to comment on the proposed amendments to Georgia’s State Election Board rules published on December 19, 2019. These amendments are wide-ranging, and we recognize that substantial work has gone into drafting them. Our comments focus on certain aspects especially relevant to cybersecurity and election verification. We substantially…

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Chart: Differences Between Risk Limiting Audit Methods

Nov 27, 2019

Download Risk-Limiting Audit Methods Chart (PDF) Today Verified Voting released a chart comparing three RLA methods: Ballot-Level Comparison, Batch Comparison and Ballot Polling. View the chart here.. This chart was developed in consultation with Lynn Garland, Independent Advisor, and with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.

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Verified Voting Praises Pennsylvania’s Election Reform Package That Helps Counties Purchase Voting Machines

Oct 30, 2019

View the statement here: Verified Voting Statement on Election Reform Package Marian K. Schneider: “This funding ensures the smooth transition to secure and verifiable voting systems.” “Verified Voting is pleased with the Pennsylvania General Assembly and Gov. Tom Wolf’s commitment to an election reform package that includes funding for counties to help pay for the…

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VV Urges Congress To Pass Comprehensive, Bipartisan Election Security Funding

Sep 30, 2019

With the 2020 election rapidly approaching, Verified Voting continues to urge Congress to pass comprehensive election security legislation and allocate adequate funding for state and local officials to make critical improvements to our country’s election infrastructure. Congress is negotiating a spending package for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to allocate funding for states to…

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Election Security Experts Urge Congress For Additional Funding; Say $250 Million In Election Security Funding Is Progress, But Not Enough

Sep 19, 2019

Download the PDF Marian K. Schneider: “Despite the progress shown today, Congress still needs to vote on bipartisan, comprehensive election security legislation to protect and ensure trustworthy elections.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) backing of an amendment that will provide…

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Report On Rhode Island Risk Limiting Audit Pilot Implementation Study Released

Sep 04, 2019

Download the Full Report (PDF) In October 2017, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law a groundbreaking election security measure. Now, state law requires Rhode Island election officials to conduct risk-limiting audits, the “gold standard” of post-election audits, beginning with the 2020 primary. A risk-limiting audit (“RLA”) is an innovative, efficient tool to test…

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Verified Voting’s Policy on DREs and BMDs

Aug 23, 2019

Download VerifiedVoting’s Policy on Direct Recording Electronic Voting Machines and Ballot Marking Devices On November 21, 2019 we revised Verified Voting’s Policy on Direct Recording Electronic Voting Machines and Ballot Marking Devices to remove a reference to parallel testing on page 8 of the original document. Although the concept of parallel testing has been discussed…

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Statement to House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Joint Investigations & Oversight and Research & Technology Subcommittee

Jun 27, 2019

Download as PDF Chairwoman Sherrill, Ranking Member Norman, Chairwoman Stevens, Ranking Member Baird and committee members, thank you for the invitation to submit a written statement in connection with the Joint Investigations & Oversight and Research & Technology Subcommittee Hearing on “Election Security: Voting Technology Vulnerabilities.” Our statement will focus on 1) a brief overview…

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Public Comments On VVSG 2.0 Principles And Guidelines

Jun 10, 2019

Download the PDF Verified Voting is pleased to see the VVSG 2.0 principles and guidelines finally moving forward. We are enthusiastic about the VVSG 2.0 structure and, with some reservations, about the content of the principles and guidelines. Full implementation of the VVSG 2.0 will, in time, help bring about voting systems that set new…

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Verified Voting Applauds Oregon’s Senate For Passing Bill Requiring Robust Post-Election Audits To Verify Elections

May 23, 2019

Marian K. Schneider: “Oregon is leading the way towards better integrity and security with the passage of SB 944.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, on Oregon’s Senate passage of SB 944, offering counties the option to audit elections using a process known as risk-limiting audits, which are…

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Written Testimony For U.S. House Committee On House Administration Hearing On “Election Security.”

May 08, 2019

Written Testimony of Verified Voting.org Marian K. Schneider, President; United States House Committee on House Administration hearing on “Election Security.” Download PDF Here May 8, 2019 10:00 a.m. 1310 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC Chair Lofgren, Ranking Member Davis and members of the Committee, thank you for the invitation to submit testimony to the…

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Statement On Maryland HB706/SB919 Online Delivery And Marking Of Absentee Ballots

Mar 27, 2019

Download PDF Here Verified Voting supports Maryland House Bill 706 (Senate Bill 919) as an immediate, short-term mitigation to reduce risks inherent in Maryland’s current online absentee ballot system by limiting its use to only those who would otherwise be unable to vote. Going forward, substantial changes are necessary to provide Maryland’s voters with secure,…

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Verified Voting Applauds Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, Rep. Garth Everett And Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer’s Nonpartisan Call For The Penn. General Assembly To Appropriate Funding To Replace Vulnerable Electronic Voting Machines

Mar 26, 2019

Marian K. Schneider: “Election security is a nonpartisan issue and the goal of hardening our voting systems against potential threats is shared across the aisle.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, formerly Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration in the Pennsylvania Department of State, following the press conference…

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Statement On EAC Chair Christy McCormick

Feb 15, 2019

The following is a statement from Verified Voting’s president, Marian K. Schneider: “Verified Voting congratulates Christy McCormick on her election as Chair of the Election Assistance Commission and her three priorities for her tenure: election preparedness, replacing aging voting equipment, and working towards improving accessibility for all voters including voters with disabilities, military and overseas…

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Verified Voting Calls On Governor Tom Wolf And The Pennsylvania General Assembly To Appropriate Funding To Replace Vulnerable Electronic Voting Machines

Feb 05, 2019

Marian K. Schneider: “Verified Voting calls on the Pennsylvania legislature to appropriate additional funding to subsidize the cost of replacement.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, formerly Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration in the Pennsylvania Department of State, following Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address to the joint…

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Verified Voting Calls on Texas to Investigate Straight-Ticket Voting Issues; Voters Should Carefully Check Choices

Oct 29, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “Verified Voting urges Secretary of State Rolando Pablos to move Texas toward reliable, verifiable voting systems that include a voter-marked paper ballot statewide.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, in response to reports that voters in six counties in Texas (Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Travis,…

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Verified Voting Testimony Before the Pennsylvania Senate State Government Committee

Sep 26, 2018

Written Testimony of Verified Voting President Marian K. Schneider before the Pennsylvania Senate State Government Committee Public Hearing on Senate Bill 1249 and Voting Machine Demonstration, September 25, 2018. Download as PDF. Thank you Chairman Folmer, Minority Chair Williams, and members of the Committee for allowing Verified Voting to submit written testimony in connection with…

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Testimony Submitted to the Little Hoover Commission

Jul 31, 2018

Author: Pamela Smith Download Testimony as a PDF Honorable Members of the Commission: I serve as Senior Advisor to Verified Voting, a national non-partisan non-profit educational and advocacy organization committed to safeguarding elections in the digital age. Verified Voting advocates for the responsible use of emerging technologies to ensure that Americans can be confident their…

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Pennsylvania Special Election Underscores Urgent Need for Voter-Verifiable Paper Systems to Check Computer-Generated Votes

Mar 14, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “All races should be audited – whether they are close or not.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, formerly Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration in the Pennsylvania Department of State, about Tuesday’s special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District. For additional media inquires, please…

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Congress to Pass the Secure Elections Act; Bipartisan legislation Empowers States to Protect Themselves

Jan 02, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “Passing the bipartisan Secure Elections Act will advance our nation’s efforts to protect and ensure trustworthy elections.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, on the Secure Elections Act, which was introduced by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) and co-sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Lindsey…

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Testimony before the Pennsylvania State Senate Government Committee: Voting System Technology and Security

Dec 15, 2017

Download as PDF The security of election infrastructure has taken on increased significance in the aftermath of the 2016 election cycle. During the 2016 election cycle, a nation-state conducted systematic, coordinated attacks on America’s election infrastructure, with the apparent aim of disrupting the election and undermining faith in America’s democratic institutions. Intelligence reports that have…

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Election Security Experts Raise Concern about the Integrity of Alabama’s U.S. Senate Election if a Recount is Needed

Dec 12, 2017

Download as PDF Marian K. Schneider: “Alabama’s recount laws won’t do enough to protect voters’ votes.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, on election integrity, and the need for manual recounts and audits. For additional media inquires, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com “All eyes might be on the candidates running…

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Testimony of Verified Voting to the Georgia House of Representatives House Science and Technology Committee

Nov 30, 2017

Download as PDF Georgia’s voting machines need an update. The lifespan of voting machines has been estimated at 10-15 years.1 Purchased in 2002 Georgia’s voting machines are at the outside of that estimate. As voting systems age they are more susceptible to error, malfunction or security threats potentially losing or miscounting votes. Georgia is one…

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Testimony for the New Jersey State Assembly Judiciary Committee

Oct 26, 2017

Verified Voting is a national non-partisan, not for profit research and advocacy organization founded by computer scientists and committed to safeguarding democracy in the digital age. We promote technology and policies that ensure auditable, accessible and resilient voting for all eligible citizens. We urge you to adopt the proposed amendments and vote “YES” on A-4619.…

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Developing a Framework to Improve Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

Apr 10, 2013

Under Executive Order 13636 [2] (“Executive Order”), the Secretary of Commerce is tasked to direct the Director of NIST to develop a framework for reducing cyber risks to critical infrastructure (the “Cybersecurity Framework” or “Framework”). The Framework will consist of standards, methodologies, procedures and processes that align policy, business, and technological approaches to address cyber risks. The Department…

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Comments on Proposed Changes to Colorado Election Rule 43

Mar 07, 2012

On February 14, 2012, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler held a hearing on proposed changes to existing regulations governing county procedures for the security of ballots, voting equipment, and other election materials.  The public was invited to comment.  Verified Voting reviewed the proposed rules changes (which can be found here) and made the following comment,…

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Verified Voting Sends Letter to Arizona State Senate on Election Audits

Apr 13, 2021

Individuals from the Brennan Center, the Carter Center, RSM Election Solutions, and Verified Voting wrote a letter to Arizona State Senate President Fann urging the Senate to refrain from auditing the Maricopa County election results. For press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com Download PDF April 13, 2021 The Honorable Karen Fann President of the Arizona State…

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Letter in Support of New Jersey S102

Apr 08, 2021

Download PDF April 8, 2021  “Requires new voting machines purchased or leased for use in elections in this State to produce paper record of each vote cast.”  On behalf of Verified Voting, I write in support of S102. Verified Voting is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen democracy for all voters by…

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A Spotlight on Election Officials: Ruth Elliott

We are privileged to work closely with election officials on a daily basis. Their work to safely and securely administer our elections goes far beyond what voters see on Election Day – and, as we saw in 2020, can at times come at great personal risk. To shine a light on the important role they…

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Election Security Experts Call Proposed Internet Voting Bill in Colo. Unsafe; Mobile Voting Could Undermine Trust in Elections

Apr 05, 2021

The following is a statement from Mark Lindeman, acting co-director of Verified Voting, regarding the introduction of Colorado: SB21-188 — a bill that would allow Colorado voters with disabilities to return a ballot electronically. For additional press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 5, 2021) — “Votes that can’t be verified are not a…

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Opposition to Colorado Senate Bill 21-188

Apr 02, 2021

Download PDF April 2, 2021 State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee Colorado Senate 200 E Colfax Avenue Denver, CO 80203 via electronic submission RE: Verified Voting Opposition to Senate Bill 21-188 Dear Committee Members, On behalf of Verified Voting, I write in opposition to Senate Bill 21-188 regarding ballot return via the internet. Verified Voting…

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Verified Voting Releases Groundbreaking Study on Election Technology Industry and Voting Machines

Mar 30, 2021

The following is a statement from Verified Voting. For additional press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 30, 2021) — Verified Voting today released “The Price of Voting,” a groundbreaking study by principal investigator Matthew Caulfield and a team of student researchers at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Drawing on the…

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Opposition to Section 27 of CT Senate Bill 5

Mar 25, 2021

Download PDF here March 25, 2021 Connecticut Government Administration and Elections Committee Legislative Office Building, Room 2200 Hartford, CT 06106 RE: Verified Voting Opposition to Section 27 of Senate Bill 5 Dear Committee Members, On behalf of Verified Voting, I write in opposition to Section 27 of Senate Bill 5 regarding ballot return via the…

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Verified Voting Supports Specific Election Security Measures in the For the People Act, S.1.

Mar 18, 2021

The following is a statement and letter from Verified Voting in support of election security reforms outlined in For the People Act (S.1). For additional media inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com  PHILADELPHIA (March 18, 2021) —  Verified Voting is supporting specific measures in S.1, as well as in Title III of H.R.1, and urges Congress to…

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Opposition to North Dakota Senate Bill 2271

Mar 10, 2021

March 10, 2021 The Honorable Dennis Johnson North Dakota Dennis Johnson North Dakota Legislative Assembly State Capital 600 East Boulevard Bismarck, ND 58505-0360 The Honorable Wayne Trottier North Dakota Legislative Assembly State Capitol 600 East Boulevard Bismarck, ND 585505-0360   Dear Representatives Johnson & Trottier, On behalf of Verified Voting, I write today in strong…

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Verified Voting Welcomes Martin Hellman to its Board of Directors

Mar 04, 2021

The following is a statement from Verified Voting. For additional press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA (March 4, 2021) – Verified Voting, a leading national organization whose mission is to strengthen democracy for all voters by promoting the responsible use of technology in elections, welcomes Prof. Martin Hellman to its Board of Directors. Hellman previously…

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Lessons Learned: Our Audit Journey in Pennsylvania

Feb 25, 2021

Lessons Learned: Our Audit Journey in Pennsylvania by Mark Lindeman, Acting Co-Director Over the past three months, the Verified Voting team and I have been from one end of Pennsylvania to the other, assisting with the state’s audit efforts: Everywhere we’ve been, and with every official we’ve talked to, I keep thinking about the difference between where…

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Election Security Experts Say Limiting Options for Voting and Expanding Internet Voting is Not Election Security

Feb 24, 2021

The following is a statement from Verified Voting. For additional press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA, PA (February 24, 2021) — Mark Lindeman, co-director of Verified Voting, released the following statement today in regard to the recent wave of legislation being introduced to limit options for secure voting: “Recently introduced legislation in states across the…

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A Guide: What to Ask When New Election Technology is Introduced

Feb 09, 2021

When state or local election officials introduce new or upgraded election technology (including voting machines, electronic poll books, and mobile apps), you may have questions as a constituent. You may have concerns about the cost of technology, the accessibility of the technology, the transparency of the technology, the technology procurement process, or the security of…

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Opposition to certifying ES&S ExpressVote XL voting system

Jan 12, 2021

The following is a letter sent by Verified Voting to the New York State Board of Election on January 12, 2021.  Download the letter here January 12, 2021 New York State Board of Elections (via email election_ops@elections.ny.gov) 40 North Pearl Street Suite 5 Albany, NY 12207-2729 RE: Verified Voting opposition to certifying ES&S ExpressVote XL…

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In letter to 117th Congress, Verified Voting supports specific election security measures in H.R. 1

Jan 05, 2021

The following is a statement and letter from Verified Voting in support of election security reforms outlined in For the People Act (H.R.1/S.949). For additional media inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA (January 5, 2021) — “Voter-verifiable paper ballots and post-election audits are needed to increase election security, which is why Verified Voting is supporting specific…

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Verified Voting Welcomes Dr. Poorvi Vora to its Board of Directors

Dec 14, 2020

PHILADELPHIA (December 14, 2020) – Verified Voting, a leading national organization whose mission is to strengthen democracy for all voters by promoting the responsible use of technology in elections, welcomes Dr. Poorvi Vora to its Board of Directors. Vora previously served on its Board of Advisors and is currently Professor of Computer Science at The…

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Verified Voting Congratulates GA Election Officials on Completing Historic Full Hand Count Tabulation Audit

Nov 20, 2020

Download Statement (November 20, 2020) — “Georgia’s successful hand count marks a watershed for trustworthy elections in the state and nationally,” said Mark Lindeman, interim co-director. “Using Georgia’s new paper-based voting system, voters can check their ballots, and then election officials can review some or all of the ballots to confirm or correct the results.…

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Audits vs. Recounts: What’s the Difference?

Nov 18, 2020

Audits and recounts are two different post-election processes, but both are designed to build confidence in our elections. With everything going on in the post-election news cycle, Verified Voting and Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota (CEIMN) coauthored this FAQ on the difference between an audit and a recount. For questions, please email info@verifiedvoting.org. What is…

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An Open Letter on Election Security

Nov 16, 2020

On November 16, 2020, Verified Voting signed the following letter: An Open Letter on Election Security Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. And since computers are deeply involved in all segments of voting at this point, computer security is vital to the protection of this fundamental right.  Everyone needs to be able to trust…

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Verified Voting provides technical support to Georgia’s post-election audit

Nov 13, 2020

The following is a statement from Mark Lindeman, Interim Co-Director of Verified Voting, on Georgia’s post-election audit of the 2020 presidential contest. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com November 13, 2020 – “We’re on the ground in Georgia to provide pro-bono technical support to Georgia election officials as they conduct an audit…

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Verified Voting Releases Post-Election Statement

Nov 04, 2020

The following is a statement from Verified Voting. For additional press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA (November 4, 2020) — “We must give election officials the time they need to count and verify every ballot – doing so is a sign that our democracy is working. Mail ballots require different processing procedures (such as checking…

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Verified Voting Responds to Feds’ Announcement of Foreign Interference

Oct 22, 2020

The following is a statement from Verified Voting in response to the FBI’s announcement that Iran and Russia interfered with the presidential election. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA (October 21, 2020) — “Security experts warned that foreign interference in our elections was inevitable, but our elections are resilient and the…

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Verified Voting calls attacks on mail voting unfounded; Encourages voters to make their plan to vote

Sep 30, 2020

Download Statement The following is a statement from Verified Voting following the first presidential debate. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com September 30, 2020 — “Election experts agree that mail voting is secure and that the only way to make sure your vote doesn’t count is if you don’t vote. It’s important…

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Verified Voting supports election funding, security measures in updated version of proposed HEROES Act

Sep 29, 2020

Download Statement The following is a statement from Verified Voting in response to the updated proposed coronavirus response package, the HEROES Act. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com September 29, 2020 — “Voting is already underway and with Election Day less than 35 days away, election officials are working against the clock…

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Verified Voting: Asking Supreme Court to Appeal Mail Ballot Deadline in Pennsylvania Will Create Confusion for Voters

Sep 23, 2020

Download Statement The following is a statement from Verified Voting in response to Republicans’ plan to ask the current eight member U.S. Supreme Court to review a major Pennsylvania state court ruling that extended the deadline for voted mail ballots to be received in the key battleground state. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora…

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Pennsylvania Takes an Important Step Toward Transparent Elections with Statewide Post-Election Audit

Aug 26, 2020

The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting on the completion of Pennsylvania’s first statewide risk-limiting audit (RLA) following the June 2020 primary. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com.   August 26, 2020 (Philadelphia) – “Verified Voting is proud to be a part of Pennsylvania’s first statewide…

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Verified Voting Blog: Verified Voting to Congress: Pass Funding Now

Jul 23, 2020

Voters should not have to choose between their health and their vote, and with a little more than 100 days before the election, Verified Voting continues to urge Congress to pass $3.6 billion in funding included in the HEROES Act for election officials to conduct safe and secure elections in November. As yesterday’s Senate Rules Committee hearing on “2020 General Election…

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Verified Voting Comments On VVSG 2.0 v3

Jun 22, 2020

Download the letter here   June 22, 2020 TO: The United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines (VVSG) 2.0. Verified Voting’s mission is to strengthen democracy for all voters by promoting the responsible use of technology in elections. Verified Voting applauds the…

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June Primaries Set The Stage For November; Verified Voting Outlines Recommendations To Ensure Integrity And Verifiability Of Elections

Jun 17, 2020

The following is a statement from Verified Voting on the primaries conducted on June 2 and June 9. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora Matthews, aurora@newheightscommunications.com. June 17, 2020 – The first set of primaries postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic have demonstrated the acute challenges associated with ensuring the accuracy, integrity and verifiability…

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Election Security and an Accessible Vote By Mail Option

May 22, 2020

Guidance by Common Cause and Verified Voting published today outlines that remote accessible vote by mail options that keep voters choices private and secure already exist and should be made available to voters with disabilities as states increase access to vote by mail. Download PDF During the COVID 19 pandemic, policymakers and elections officials are…

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Big Takeaways From Super Tuesday

Mar 06, 2020

Verified Voting was on the front line on Tuesday, March 3 at the Election Protection National Hotline, and from our vantage point, there were some SUPER clear takeaways from Super Tuesday: Preventing long lines. Reports in Texas and California, the two largest Super Tuesday states, showed hours-long voting wait times. The waits stemmed from problems…

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Verified Voting Calls On Florida To Rely On Paper Ballots For Election Recounts – Not Ballot Images

Feb 21, 2020

View the release here. Verified Voting urges the Florida legislature to amend HB 1005 and SB 1312 to require a public manual comparison audit to check that electronic election result tabulations agree with the voter-verified paper ballots to a reasonable scientific standard. Election security researchers agree that all electronic vote tabulations should routinely be manually…

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The Role Of Risk-Limiting Audits In Evidence-Based Elections

Nov 25, 2019

In the aftermath of the 2016 election cycle, interest in securing American elections from tampering or hacking has intensified. Given that 99% of our votes are counted by computers, and that computers are used in every aspect of the electoral process, election security is a top priority. For over a decade, Verified Voting has advocated…

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Verified Voting Supports Respectful Public Observation Of Elections

Nov 22, 2019

For more than a decade Verified Voting has supported and encouraged respectful public observation of the election process consistent with a state or jurisdiction’s regulations governing observers, and promoted transparency as a key element of reliable, evidence-based elections. Election observers should be free from harassment and intimidation. Observation enables parties, candidates, citizen groups and independent…

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Verified Voting Releases Guide Comparing Available Ballot Marking Devices

Nov 01, 2019

Verified Voting Releases Guide Comparing Available Ballot Marking Devices Today, Verified Voting published a guide comparing the features of ballot marking devices (BMDs) available in the United States: “Characteristics of Currently Available Ballot Marking Devices By Vendor.” Download the guide here. The guide is intended to be a useful comparison chart between the various BMD…

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Verified Voting Praises The DNC For Action On Virtual Caucuses

Sep 03, 2019

Verified Voting commends the Democratic National Committee on its recommendation that the Iowa and Nevada state parties cease their plans to allow voters to participate in next year’s presidential primary caucuses by phone. Citing cybersecurity threats, the DNC concluded “that currently, there is no tele-caucus system available that is sufficiently secure and reliable, given the…

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Election Cybersecurity Legislation Hits A Wall, RobinHood Visits Baltimore, And Of Course Florida

May 21, 2019

“According to a joint report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) and IT industry professional association ACS, one in five national elections held worldwide since 2016 were potentially influenced by foreign interference, … “Democracies around the world have been struggling to grapple with foreign interference from state actors during elections,” International Cyber Policy Centre…

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Counting Votes: Paper Ballots And Audits In Congress, Crisis At The EAC? Florida’s Mystery Counties

May 17, 2019

In her testimony at an election security hearing before the Committee on House Administration last week, Verified Voting President Marian Schneider joined advocates and election officials in calling on Congress to help states and local jurisdictions replace aging voting systems, conduct risk-limiting audits and enhance election infrastructure security. In order to prepare for 2020, Congress…

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Releases Report on “The Future of Voting”

Sep 06, 2018

Today the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report on election security, “Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy.” The Committee for The Future of Voting, which includes Verified Voting Board member Ron Rivest and Advisory Board member Andrew Appel, released the report at a public event in Washington, DC, where the report’s…

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Guide to RLAs in One Infographic

Jul 25, 2018

Verified Voting debuted its latest infographic, “A Flowchart for Conducting Risk-Limiting Audits,” at the National Association of Secretaries of States (NASS) 2018 Summer Conference in Philadelphia. In addition to sharing this with election officials at the conferences this summer, Verified Voting is working closely with jurisdictions to demonstrate how to implement robust post-election audits. Check…

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Guide to Election Security in One Infographic

Jun 12, 2018

Verified Voting has gone visual! In addition to recently collaborating with the Wall Street Journal and NPR on maps depicting voting technology across the states, Verified Voting created its own infographic: “Safeguarding Our Elections: The Solutions to Vulnerabilities in Election Security.” The infographic is the first in a series of visuals Verified Voting is creating.…

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Toolkit Advises Advocates and Election Officials on How to Secure the Nation’s Voting Machines

Jun 04, 2018

A joint project from Verified Voting, the Brennan Center, Common Cause and the National Election Defense Coalition suggests ways states can use Congressional election security funds. Download the PDF. For additional media inquires, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com. A new toolkit designed for advocates and election officials offers suggestions for best practices for conducting post-election audits as…

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Proposed Election Security Panel for Netroots Nation 2018

Apr 02, 2018

Election security is the way we protect our elections from interference and allow voters to feel confident that their vote is being counted. Being able to trust election results is a cornerstone of democracy. 2016 was a harsh reminder of what can happen when we don’t have secure election systems- and demonstrates the need for…

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It’s Time to Safeguard Our Election

Feb 02, 2018

Author: Marian Schneider This oped was originally published in the York Dispatch on February 1, 2018. An oversight in York County, Pennsylvania on the eve of last November’s Election Day questioned the rightful winner of the election, but thankfully the potential damage stopped there. Still, the discovery of a technical error — one that allowed voters to…

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Yes, Voting Machines Can Be Hacked – Now the Hard Work Begins

Oct 13, 2017

DEFCON Report on Machine Vulnerabilities Critical First Step in Raising Awareness, But to Secure Election Systems, States Must Adopt Paper Ballots A new report on cyber vulnerabilities of our elections systems raises awareness of a critical issue, but in order to secure our elections, we need fundamental changes made at the state and local level.…

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New Report: Internet Voting Threatens Ballot Secrecy

Feb 19, 2017

Author: Warren Stewart Casting a secret ballot in the upcoming election might not be so secret or secure depending on where – and how – you vote, according to a new report The Secret Ballot at Risk: Recommendations for Protecting Democracy. The report was coauthored by three leading organizations focused on voting technology, the Electronic…

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Give Us The Ballot | Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 16, 2017

The following passage is excerpted from a speech that Dr. King delivered before the Lincoln Memorial at the March on Washington on May 17 1957, three years after Brown v. Board of Education and eight years before the enactment of the Voting Rights Act.  Three years ago the Supreme Court of this nation rendered in…

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Why Voting Systems Must be as Secure as the U.S. Power Grid

Aug 17, 2016

Authors: Karen Hobert Glynn and Pamela Smith This oped was posted by Reuters on August 17, 2016. Every American has the right to have their vote counted. The Department of Homeland Security is weighing steps to help safeguard that right. The agency is considering actions to secure the voting process against cyber-threats by designating voting…

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All Election Integrity is Local: Remembering John Washburn (1962-2016)

Jan 22, 2016

Author: Warren Stewart We were saddened to learn of the untimely passing of election integrity activist John Washburn at the age of 53. John was a fiercely independent thinker – disarmingly honest and contagiously cheerful – and a passionate advocate for transparent election administration. Verified Voting President Pamela Smith noted that John “was actively engaged…

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How Not to Measure Security

Aug 12, 2015

Author: Jeremy Epstein This article was originally posted at Freedom to Tinker on August 10, 2015. It is reposted here with permission of the author. A recent paper published by Smartmatic, a vendor of voting systems, caught my attention. The first thing is that it’s published by Springer, which typically publishes peer-reviewed articles – which…

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Hack the Vote: The Perils of the Online Ballot Box

May 30, 2014

Authors: Pamela Smith and Bruce McConnell While most voters will cast their ballots at polling stations in November, online voting has been quietly and rapidly expanding in the United States over the last decade. Over 30 states and territories allow some form of Internet voting (such as by email or through a direct portal) for…

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A Valuable Resource for Election Recounts

Feb 14, 2014

Last week Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota released Recount Principles and Best Practices, a document providing recommendations on key recount matters such as counting methods, transparency, voter intent and challengers. The document is especially welcome as it was produced through the cooperation of election officials and citizen activists and it is the first comprehensive set…

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Post Election Audits for New Hampshire

Jan 27, 2014

The following testimony was presented by Verified Voting President Pamela Smith to the New Hampshire House Election Law Committee on January 21, 2014. No voting system is perfect. Nearly all elections in New Hampshire, as in most of the nation, are counted using electronic vote counting systems. Such systems have produced result-changing errors through problems…

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Verified Voting Applauds Findings in Presidential Commission Report on Elections

Jan 24, 2014

Today’s landmark report by the Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA), The American Voting Experience: Report and Recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, recognizes many of the obstacles and opportunities in today’s election administration universe, and proposes several excellent approaches to solving some of those challenges. “We applaud the bi-partisan Commission’s substantial work,…

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Recommendations to the Presidential Commission on Election Administration

Aug 08, 2013

Author: Pamela Smith The Presidential Commission on Election Administration will meet again today in Denver, Colorado. The Webcast can be linked to via the Commission website. Verified Voting has submitted the following recommendations to the Commission. I. Contingency Planning and Eliminating Long Lines On Election Day, long lines were produced in many cases due to voting…

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Internet Voting for Overseas Military Puts Election Security at Risk

Mar 23, 2013

Author: Pamela Smith Connecticut lawmakers are considering legislation to allow military voters to cast ballots over the Internet. The intention of this legislation is well-meaning — Connecticut does need to improve the voting process for military voters — but Internet voting is not the answer. Every day, headlines reveal just how vulnerable and insecure any…

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Voting in Colorado

Oct 21, 2012

Author: Barbara Simons Arapahoe County Colorado was in the news the week with the Denver Post reporting that envelopes containing absentee ballots mailed to over 230,000 voters included “I Voted” stickers, which rubbed up against the ballot and in some cases left a faint, near-linear mark that appeared exactly where voters draw a line to select their…

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Virginia – the new Florida?

Oct 09, 2012

Author: Barbara Simons There are many ways in which Virginia 2012 could resemble the Florida 2000 – only worse. At least in 2000 there were paper ballots to recount in Florida.  But only 7 out of 134 Virginia localities (Virginia terminology for counties and independent cities) do not use paperless  Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines.…

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Ohio – Improved but Still a Concern

Oct 07, 2012

Author: Barbara Simons Ohio’s status as a large battleground state means that problems in Ohio could have a significant impact nationwide. Although Ohio is in better shape than a number of states because there are no paperless voting machines,The major concern is that about half the counties use Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) machines, though they…

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Computer Technologists’ Statement on Internet Voting

Sep 14, 2012

Because of the increasing frequency of proposals to allow remote voting over the internet, we believe it is necessary to warn policymakers and the public that secure internet voting is a very hard technical problem, and that we should proceed with internet voting schemes only after thorough consideration of the technical and non-technical issues in…

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Problems Come When Using Databases to Disqualify Voters

Aug 27, 2012

Author: Douglas W. Jones During their news conference Friday, Iowa’s Republican secretary of state, Matt Schultz, and Democratic attorney general, Tom Miller, presented evidence suggesting there are non-citizens who have registered to vote illegally and that some of these illegal registrants have voted. Clearly, further investigation is called for, and if indeed these people have voted, they should be prosecuted. I…

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Comments on Proposed Changes to Colorado Election Rule 43

Mar 07, 2012

On February 14, 2012, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler held a hearing on proposed changes to existing regulations governing county procedures for the security of ballots, voting equipment, and other election materials.  The public was invited to comment.  Verified Voting reviewed the proposed rules changes (which can be found here) and made the following comment,…

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Roadmap for Future California Election

Dec 30, 2011

When it comes to elections, what does California do well? What could California do better? How have we led, and how have we perhaps lagged behind? These are questions that a diverse group of individuals and organizations asked themselves and one another over the course of three months, with an aim to envision the future…

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Developing Standards fo Election Data

Dec 17, 2011

Author: John McCarthy One of the challenges faced by advocates of election audits and transparency is that current voting systems each record and store election file data in unique ways. This is no surprise given that vendors have long claimed that their systems are proprietary. But the current model of storing election data in ways…

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Dismissed Venango County Pennsylvania Election Board Files Appeal

Dec 02, 2011

Attorney Charles A. Pascal, Jr., has filed a Motion For Reconsideration on behalf of members of the specially appointed Venango County Election Board. The filing was made this afternoon in response to President Judge Oliver J. Lobaugh’s order dismissing the Board yesterday. Citing ongoing investigations into serious voting machine problems reported during the May 17…

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If I can shop and bank online, why can’t I vote online?

Nov 02, 2011

Author: David Jefferson There is widespread pressure around the country today for the introduction of some form of Internet voting in public elections that would allow people to vote online, all electronically, from their own personal computers or mobile devices. Proponents argue that Internet voting would offer greater speed and convenience, particularly for overseas and…

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Report on the Estonian Internet Voting System

Sep 03, 2011

Author: Barbara Simons I visited Estonia in mid-July of this year at the invitation of Edgar Savisaar, the country’s first prime minister and current mayor of Tallinn. Mr. Savisaar is the leader of the Centre Party, which placed second in recent national elections. The Centre Party and Mr. Savisaar have been questioning the outcome of…

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Report on second risk-limiting audit under AB 2023 in Monterey County California

May 07, 2011

Author: Phillip Stark The second risk-limiting audit under California AB 2023 was conducted on May 6 in Monterey County. The contest was a Special all-mail election for Monterey Peninsula Water Management District Director, Division 1.  Monterey uses Sequoia equipment. There were two candidates: Brenda Lewis and Thomas M. Mancini, and write-ins. 2111 ballots were cast in all.  The reported totals were…

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Online voting is risky and expensive

Apr 29, 2011

Author: Luther Weeks Online voting is an appealing option to speed voting for military and overseas voters. Yet it is actually “Democracy Theater”, providing an expensive, risky illusion of supporting our troops. Technologists warn of the unsolved technical challenges, while experience shows that the risks are tangible and pervasive. There are safer, less expensive solutions…

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Oak Ridge, spear phishing, and i-voting

Apr 25, 2011

Author: Jeremy Epstein Oak Ridge National Labs (one of the US national energy labs, along with Sandia, Livermore, Los Alamos, etc) had a bunch of people fall for a spear phishing attack (see articles in Computerworld and many other descriptions). For those not familiar with the term, spear phishing is sending targeted emails at specific recipients, designed to…

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Flawed Wisconsin Race Proves Need for Transparency, Accountability in Election Procedures

Apr 17, 2011

Author: Rebecca Wilson, SaveOurVotes.org When Wisconsin voters flocked to the polls on April 5, one of the factors driving the high turnout was the State Supreme Court contest between incumbent Justice David Prosser and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg. Prosser, whose term ends July 31, often casts the deciding vote on the seven-member court. He is a conservative Republican former…

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Disappointing Reversal on Transparency and Security for Washington Elections

Mar 07, 2011

A bill aimed at reducing restriction to voting for military and other overseas voters passed the Washington State Senate by a 47-1 vote on Friday.  Senate Bill 5171 contains many provisions that will certainly make voting easier for Washington citizens living overseas including moving the primary election date two weeks earlier and meeting requirements of…

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New York SD 7: Count the Paper

Dec 16, 2010

Author: Bo Lipari In the first test case of how we verify election results using New York’s new paper ballots, the State Judiciary is in the process of setting an egregious precedent – Judges are free to nullify audits and recounts in the interests of having a quick decision. In Nassau County’s contested 7th Senate…

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Maryland Report – Scanners Cost Less than DREs

Dec 13, 2010

A new study commissioned by the state of Maryland has just taken a close look at the relative cost of optical-scan paper-ballot voting systems compared with electronic touch-screen systems, and found that optical-scan paper-ballot systems are less expensive . These findings are timely and important not only for Maryland, but for other states as well. With Maryland’s direct-recording…

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Unique Challenges of Election Administration

Nov 18, 2010

For most Americans the election has been over for two weeks, but for the state and local officials tasked with administering elections the process continues. Most jurisdictions are involved in the certification process, during which vote totals are confirmed, absentee ballots are tabulated and the status of provisional ballots are determined. Over half the states…

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Pulling the Lever for Paper

Nov 16, 2010

Author: Bo Lipari The 2010 elections quietly marked a milestone in election technology history. For the first time in over a hundred years, this was the first national election in which mechanical lever machines were not used. Lever machines were at one time so ubiquitous in US culture that the phrase “pull the lever” is…

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Paper vs. Electronic Voting in Houston

Nov 08, 2010

Author: Dan Wallach Back in late August, Harris County (Houston)’s warehouse with all 10,000 of our voting machines, burned to the ground. As I blogged at the time, our county decided to spend roughly $14 million of its $40 million insurance settlement on purchasing replacement electronic voting machines of the same type destroyed in the fire,…

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In D.C.’s Web Voting Test, the Hackers Were the Good Guys

Oct 30, 2010

Author: Barbara Simons, David Jefferson and Jeremy Epstein Last month, the District conducted an Internet voting experiment that resulted in a team from the University of Michigan infiltrating election computers so completely that they were able to modify every ballot cast and all election outcomes without ever leaving their offices. They also retrieved the username…

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Voting Machine Expert Offers Insights on North Carolina “Vote-Flipping”

Oct 29, 2010

Douglas Jones is a voting technology expert on the computer science faculty at the University of Iowa who has done extensive study of the ES&S iVotronic direct recording voting machine. In this interview he offers his insights on reports of straight-party voting problems on iVotronics in multiple North Carolina counties. Q: Are you familiar with this type…

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Vote Flipping and Touch Screen Calibration

Oct 27, 2010

Again this election cycle, stories have emerged about “vote flipping”, most notably in Texas, where a video of erratic touchscreen behavior was posted on several sites, and in several North Carolina counties. (link, link, link, link) As voting technology expert Douglas Jones wrote several years ago, it seems unlikely that vote flipping is evidence of intentional hacking. However, these incidents do highlight…

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Comprehensive Map of US Voting Equipment Released

Oct 20, 2010

Voter-marked paper ballots dominate among U.S. voting methods, but one fourth of voters still depend on unverifiable equipment Verified Voting has released a new version of the Verifier, a map of voting technology used throughout the United States and territories, along with a statistical summary of voting technology that States will use this November. The…

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Hacking the D.C. Internet Voting Pilot

Oct 15, 2010

Author: J. Alex Halderman This article was posted at Ed Felten’s “Freedom to Tinker” blog and is re-posted with permission. The District of Columbia is conducting a pilot project to allow overseas and military voters to download and return absentee ballots over the Internet. Before opening the system to real voters, D.C. has been holding…

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States May Use Federal HAVA Funds for Post-Election Audits

Oct 13, 2010

Author: Sean Flaherty Post-election audits of electronic vote tallies are inexpensive.  The process is simple: a sample of precincts (or batches of ballots that have been tallied electronically) is chosen randomly, counted by hand, and compared to the corresponding computer tally.  To mention just two examples, North Carolina conducted an audit of  the Presidential election…

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Dangers of Internet Voting Confirmed

Oct 10, 2010

Guest Author For years, computer security experts have said that casting ballots using the Internet cannot be done securely. Now, after a team from the University of Michigan successfully hacked the Washington D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics (DCBOEE) public test of Internet voting, we have a visceral demonstration of just how serious the threats…

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The meaning of Alex Halderman’s successful attack on the DC Internet voting system

Oct 06, 2010

Author: David Jefferson University of Michigan Prof. Alex Halderman has now released some details about his successful attack on the District of Columbia’s proposed Internet voting system which has been under test for the last week. (See www.freedom-to-tinker.com.) It is now clear that Halderman and his team were able to completely subvert the entire DC…

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Thoughts on the New York Primary

Sep 22, 2010

Author: Bo Lipari Despite the impressions received from media reports, the September 14th primary was not the first time that New Yorkers voted on paper ballots and scanners. In the 2009 off-year election, 47 counties in upstate New York used the new systems as part of a pilot program. This trial run taught participants valuable…

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An Important New Proposal for Voting Machines

Sep 20, 2010

If you’ve wondered why voting machine problems seem to occur again and again around the country and what can be done about it, the Brennan Center at New York University School of Law has an answer. A report released last week by the non-partisan organization, Voting System Failures: A Database Solution, found that in the absence…

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How the Internet Works

Sep 07, 2010

If we can use the Internet to deliver blank ballots, then why not use it to return voted ballots? Part of the answer lies with the nature of the Internet itself. If we are to be sure that the vote cast is the same as the vote counted, we need a way to guarantee that 1)…

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Internet Voting – An Introduction

Aug 18, 2010

In a wired world, it was inevitable that the subject of Internet Voting become a hot topic sooner rather than later. But more than just a topic of discussion, this year eighteen states will allow overseas ballots to be returned via email in November’s elections. Yet according to security experts, voted ballots sent via Internet…

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State Election Officials: Recountable Process a Must for Overseas Voters

Jul 28, 2010

Last week, the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) adopted a resolution acknowledging both serious security and privacy concerns related to Internet voting and the need for a verifiable, recountable election process. Verified Voting applauds NASS for adopting this official position. Military and overseas voters (also called “UOCAVA voters” after the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting…

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Voting results in New Jersey should not be mysterious

Jul 17, 2010

Author: Penny M. Venetis Last week in South Carolina, an unknown, unemployed veteran (recently indicted on felony obscenity charges) who did not even campaign, beat a well-financed political veteran in the Democratic Senate primary election. Even the White House called the results “mysterious.” Allegations have been made that South Carolina’s touch-screen computerized voting machines were…

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Best Practices for Voting Systems Supporting Military and Overseas Voters

Jun 18, 2010

Author: Pamela Smith Given the current focus on UOCAVA implementation, the NIST draft Information System Security Best Practices for UOCAVA-Supporting Systems (referred to here as the Draft) is a timely and important document. A summary of security standards and guidelines “deemed most applicable for jurisdictions using IT systems to support UOCAVA voting” is indeed necessary at a…

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On the South Carolina Primary – A call for recountable, auditable voting systems

Jun 15, 2010

Last week’s surprising outcome in a party primary in South Carolina for United States Senate was accompanied by anecdotal reports of voting problems on election day, and many questions about the accuracy of the vote count. Whether specific reports of irregularities in this election are confirmed, the most important fact about South Carolina’s voting system…

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The 2010 Primaries: More Recounts than Recountable Elections

May 25, 2010

The 2010 primary election season is in full swing.  As in every election cycle, there are a number of extremely close races, with recounts looming for some.  So far this year, state-mandated automatic recounts are likely for the Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, and for the Republican primary for Ohio’s 18th U.S. Congressional District.  In…

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Comments on EAC UOCAVA Pilot Program Testing Requirements

May 13, 2010

Author: Pamela Smith This week the Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) released public comments submitted on their draft UOCAVA Pilot Program Testing Requirements. The EAC document spell outs testing and certification requirements for Internet voting pilot programs for military and overseas voters, partly in response to the requirements of the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act passed in…

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Comments to EAC on Internet Voting

May 05, 2010

With many states already deploying a form of Internet voting, email return of voted ballots (see map), it is important that requirements for remote voting systems and the pilot programs that test them reflect the highest standards for security. On April 30, 2010, Verified Voting submitted comments to the EAC on proposed testing requirements for military and…

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Military and Overseas Voting Update

Author: Bo Lipari For members of the military, their families, and other United States citizens living overseas, voting has always presented unique challenges. Some of these problems include reliable delivery of blank ballots to the voters, secure and timely return of voted ballots, and authenticating that ballots were completed and returned by the same person…

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Responsible Use of Technology for Overseas Voting

Feb 18, 2010

Last November, the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) contacted each State with recommendations for meeting the new requirements established in the MOVE Act with the goal of bringing the absentee voting success rate for Uniformed Service members, their families and citizens residing outside the U.S. in line with that of the general population. Verified Voting strongly supports FVAP’s…

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Dominion Sues to Stop New York City Contract with ES&S

Guest Author Update I, 2/19/10 – Court documents posted, links here In a surprise move, Dominion Voting Systems has filed an Article 78 lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court in Albany to stop the New York City Board of Elections from awarding a $70 million dollar contract for new voting machines to ES&S. If a temporary restraining order is…

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Judge Orders Expert Review of Voting Machines in New Jersey

Feb 02, 2010

Author: Pamela Smith A judge in New Jersey has ordered a new review of New Jersey’s voting systems, this time by qualified technical experts, in a partial victory for advocates challenging the systems’ constitutionality. State law requires that voting systems be “accurate and reliable.” From our vantage point, these systems don’t meet that standard; because they cannot be audited,…

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Software in Dangerous Places

Jan 26, 2010

Author: Dan Wallach, Rice University  This article was posted at Freedom to Tinker and is reposted here with permission of the author. Software increasingly manages the world around us, in subtle ways that are often hard to see. Software helps fly our airplanes (in some cases, particularly military fighter aircraft, software is the only thing keeping them…

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Hurry Up and Wait: Tennessee Senate Delays, Weakens Voter Confidence Act in the Opening hours of the 2010 Session

Jan 15, 2010

On the basis of several highly questionable assumptions, the Tennessee General Assembly has voted to delay implementation of paper ballot voting until 2012, and to eliminate the Tennessee Voter Confidence Act’s provision for routine hand-counted audits of computer vote tallies. On Tuesday, the Tennessee Senate passed House Bill 614 on a vote of 22-10. The Senate’s passage of…

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Statewide Databases of Registered Voters: Study Of Accuracy, Privacy, Usability, Security, and Reliability Issues

Feb 16, 2006

Verified Voting Board Chair Dr. Barbara Simons co-chaired a study commissioned by the Association for Computing Machinery: Citing the danger of voter fraud and disenfranchisement from poorly implemented databases, a committee of experts commissioned by USACM released a report making almost 100 recommendations to state and local officials charged with creating and managing statewide voter registration databases (VRDs). The report…

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Highlights From Verified Voting’s Quarterly Field Report

Feb 17, 2020

Check out our state highlights from February 2020’s Verified Voting Quarterly Field Report. For the full report (including recent publications, events, and press highlights), click here. California We are continuing to advise the state on proposed risk-limiting audit regulations and Director of Science and Technology Policy Mark Lindeman and Senior Advisor Pamela Smith collaborated with…

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Verified Voting Sends Letter to Arizona State Senate on Election Audits

Apr 13, 2021

Individuals from the Brennan Center, the Carter Center, RSM Election Solutions, and Verified Voting wrote a letter to Arizona State Senate President Fann urging the Senate to refrain from auditing the Maricopa County election results. For press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com Download PDF April 13, 2021 The Honorable Karen Fann President of the Arizona State…

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Letter in Support of New Jersey S102

Apr 08, 2021

Download PDF April 8, 2021  “Requires new voting machines purchased or leased for use in elections in this State to produce paper record of each vote cast.”  On behalf of Verified Voting, I write in support of S102. Verified Voting is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen democracy for all voters by…

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Opposition to Colorado Senate Bill 21-188

Apr 02, 2021

Download PDF April 2, 2021 State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee Colorado Senate 200 E Colfax Avenue Denver, CO 80203 via electronic submission RE: Verified Voting Opposition to Senate Bill 21-188 Dear Committee Members, On behalf of Verified Voting, I write in opposition to Senate Bill 21-188 regarding ballot return via the internet. Verified Voting…

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Opposition to Section 27 of CT Senate Bill 5

Mar 25, 2021

Download PDF here March 25, 2021 Connecticut Government Administration and Elections Committee Legislative Office Building, Room 2200 Hartford, CT 06106 RE: Verified Voting Opposition to Section 27 of Senate Bill 5 Dear Committee Members, On behalf of Verified Voting, I write in opposition to Section 27 of Senate Bill 5 regarding ballot return via the…

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Opposition to North Dakota Senate Bill 2271

Mar 10, 2021

March 10, 2021 The Honorable Dennis Johnson North Dakota Dennis Johnson North Dakota Legislative Assembly State Capital 600 East Boulevard Bismarck, ND 58505-0360 The Honorable Wayne Trottier North Dakota Legislative Assembly State Capitol 600 East Boulevard Bismarck, ND 585505-0360   Dear Representatives Johnson & Trottier, On behalf of Verified Voting, I write today in strong…

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Opposition to certifying ES&S ExpressVote XL voting system

Jan 12, 2021

The following is a letter sent by Verified Voting to the New York State Board of Election on January 12, 2021.  Download the letter here January 12, 2021 New York State Board of Elections (via email election_ops@elections.ny.gov) 40 North Pearl Street Suite 5 Albany, NY 12207-2729 RE: Verified Voting opposition to certifying ES&S ExpressVote XL…

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In letter to 117th Congress, Verified Voting supports specific election security measures in H.R. 1

Jan 05, 2021

The following is a statement and letter from Verified Voting in support of election security reforms outlined in For the People Act (H.R.1/S.949). For additional media inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA (January 5, 2021) — “Voter-verifiable paper ballots and post-election audits are needed to increase election security, which is why Verified Voting is supporting specific…

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An Open Letter on Election Security

Nov 16, 2020

On November 16, 2020, Verified Voting signed the following letter: An Open Letter on Election Security Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. And since computers are deeply involved in all segments of voting at this point, computer security is vital to the protection of this fundamental right.  Everyone needs to be able to trust…

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Comments on Oregon Proposed Rule 165-004-0450

Nov 03, 2020

Download the letter here November 3, 2020 Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno (via email: elections.sos@oregon.gov) Public Service Building Suite 501 255 Capitol St. NE Salem, OR 97310 RE: Proposed rule 165-004-0450 I write on behalf of Verified Voting to express our grave concerns about proposed rule 165-004-0450, which addresses ORS §254.532 on risk-limiting audits…

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Statement about Risk of Reliance on Ballot-Marking Devices

Sep 28, 2020

DOWNLOAD PDF HERE September 28, 2020 The Shelby County Commission (via email) 160 North Main Street Memphis, TN 38103 RE: Verified Voting statement about risk of reliance on ballot-marking devices Dear Members of the Shelby County Commission, As in our public comment submitted in March, Verified Voting urges the Election Commission to select voting equipment…

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Verified Voting Comments On VVSG 2.0 v3

Jun 22, 2020

Download the letter here   June 22, 2020 TO: The United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines (VVSG) 2.0. Verified Voting’s mission is to strengthen democracy for all voters by promoting the responsible use of technology in elections. Verified Voting applauds the…

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Statement for the Record House Admin Elections Hearing

Jun 11, 2020

The following is a letter sent by Verified Voting to the House Administration Committee Subcommittee on Elections ahead of the hearing, “The Impact of COVID-19 on Voting Rights and Election Administration: Ensuring Safe and Fair Elections” on June 11, 2020. Download the letter here June 10, 2020 The Honorable Marcia L. Fudge, Chairperson House Administration…

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Verified Voting AB 860 – Letter of Concern

Jun 03, 2020

June 2, 2020 The Honorable Marc Berman California State Capitol, Room 6011 Sacramento, CA 95814 Re: Assembly Bill 860 – Letter of Concern Dear Assembly Member Berman: The California Voter Foundation and Verified Voting are writing to express technological and security concerns about your bill, AB 860, which requires all counties to mail every registered…

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Letter to Florida Governor – Provisional Support for Florida Supervisors of Election’s (FSE’s) COVID-19-Related Requests for Executive Orders

DOWNLOAD LETTER HERE 14 April 2020 Hon. Ron DeSantis Governor, State of Florida The Capitol 400 S. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001 RE: Provisional Support for FSE 7 April 2020 COVID-19-Related Requests for Executive Orders Dear Governor DeSantis, Verified Voting writes to lend our provisional support to the Florida Supervisors of Election’s (FSE’s) 7 April…

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Verified Voting Puerto Rico Veto Letter P.S 1314

Mar 16, 2020

DOWNLOAD ENGLISH VERSION DOWNLOAD SPANISH VERSION March 19, 2020 Hon. Wanda Vázquez Garced (via email) Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico La Fortaleza San Juan, Puerto Rico RE: Veto of Senate Bill 1314, “Puerto Rico Electoral Code of 2020” – Internet Voting Dear Governor Vázquez Garced, We, Verified Voting, the undersigned computer scientists and…

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Letter To Georgia Secretary Of State Regarding Verified Voting’s Position And Involvement With Risk-Limiting Audit Pilots

Dec 16, 2019

The following letter was sent to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on December 16, 2019. The letter addresses Verified Voting’s concerns following the November 2019 election in Georgia and provides clarity on Verified Voting’s position and involvement with risk-limiting audit pilots in the state. Download the Letter (PDF) Dear Secretary Raffensperger, I am writing…

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Verified Voting Staff And Partners Comment On California’s Proposed Risk-Limiting Audit Regulations

Dec 13, 2019

Verified Voting Director of Science and Technology Policy Mark Lindeman and Senior Advisor Pamela Smith collaborated with the California Voter Foundation and other partners in submitting a public comment letter responding to California’s proposed risk-limiting audit regulations. Visit the California Secretary of State’s website to view the proposed regulations. Download the Letter (pdf) Dear Secretary…

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Letter to State Election Officials on Best Practices for Voting Funds

Apr 27, 2018

Download letter as PDF On March 23rd, Congress allocated $380 million to states to upgrade election security. This is a positive development. In the age of unprecedented hacking risks, researchers have found that electronic voting infrastructure — including voting machines and registration databases — have serious vulnerabilities. While there’s no evidence that vote totals were…

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Senate Intelligence Committee’s Recommendations Outline Urgent Need for Paper Ballots, Post-Election Audits

Mar 21, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “The recommendations…make the case that states need immediate federal support to build a stronger defense.” (March 21 2018) — The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a report today about Russian targeting of election infrastructure during the 2016 election. Read the full set of recommendations here. The following is a statement from…

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Letter to Virginia State Board of Elections

Sep 08, 2017

September 8, 2017 To the Virginia Board of Elections: Verified Voting is a national, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to securing democracy in the digital age. We were founded in 2004 by computer scientists as computers became more widely used in the election process. Virginia Verified Voting is a grassroots group of Virginia citizens which has…

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Letter to the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

Jun 23, 2017

This letter was sent to the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence following a hearing on June 21, 2017. (Download PDF) Verified Voting vigorously applauds the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for its leadership and commitment to securing our elections. With clear evidence that foreign attackers sought to attack our 2016 elections through various means,…

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Letter to the North Carolina State Board of Elections

Dec 05, 2016

December 5, 2016 North Carolina State Board of Elections A.Grant Whitney Jr. Rhonda K. Amoroso Joshua D. Malcolm James Baker Maja Kricker Honorable Board Members, Verified Voting is national, non-partisan, non-profit advocacy and research organization committed to promoting and supporting secure and trustworthy election technology and practices. We have long supported the adoption of post-election…

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Letter to the President

Dec 05, 2012

Download Verified Voting’s letter to President Barack Obama (PDF) December 5, 2012 The Honorable Barack Obama President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Obama: We agree wholeheartedly with your call to eliminate long lines in voting. Citizens should not have to choose between waiting for…

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Why Voters Should Mark Ballots by Hand

Dec 04, 2018

Author: Andrew Appel Because voting machines contain computers that can be hacked to make them cheat, “Elections should be conducted with human-readable paper ballots. These may be marked by hand or by machine (using a ballot-marking device); they may be counted by hand or by machine (using an optical scanner). Recounts and audits should be…

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An Unverifiability Principle for Voting Machines

Oct 23, 2018

Author: Andrew Appel This article was originally posted at Freedom to Tinker on October 22, 2018. In my last three articles I described the ES&S ExpressVote, the Dominion ImageCast Evolution, and the Dominion ImageCast X (in its DRE+VVPAT configuration). There’s something they all have in common: they all violate a certain principle of voter verifiability.…

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The Myth of “Secure” Blockchain Voting

Oct 03, 2018

Author: David Jefferson Click here to download a PDF version of this blog In the last couple of years several startup companies have begun to promote Internet voting systems, this time with a new twist – using a blockchain as the container for voted ballots transmitted from voters’ private devices. Blockchains are a relatively new…

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Our Voting System Is Hackable by Foreign Powers

Feb 17, 2017

Author: David Dill This article appeared originally in the March 2017 issue of Scientific American. The FBI, NSA and CIA all agree that the Russian government tried to influence the 2016 presidential election by hacking candidates and political parties and leaking the documents they gathered. That’s disturbing. But they could have done even worse. It…

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Election Security Is a Matter of National Security

Dec 02, 2016

Author: David Dill This article appeared originally at Scientific American on November 30, 2016. State-sponsored cyber-attacks seemingly intended to influence the 2016 Presidential election have raised a question: Is the vulnerability of computerized voting systems to hacking a critical threat to our national security? Can an adversary use methods of cyber-warfare to select our commander-in-chief?…

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Want to Know if the Election was Hacked? Look at the Ballots

Nov 25, 2016

This response was originally posted at Medium.com and is cross-posted here with permission of the author. You may have read at NYMag that I’ve been in discussions with the Clinton campaign about whether it might wish to seek recounts in critical states. That article, which includes somebody else’s description of my views, incorrectly describes the reasons…

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Election Integrity: Missing Components to Remedy

Nov 11, 2016

Author: Candice Hoke This oped appeared originally at the The Hill on November 8, 2016. Our election systems’ vulnerabilities received unprecedented bipartisan and media attention from mid-summer onward, sparked by the apparently Russian origins of hacks into the Democrat’s communications systems. If tampering with the U.S. election process was a goal, then election technologies used…

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Testimony Before the House Subcommittee on IT

Oct 03, 2016

Author: Andrew W. Appel This article appeared originally at Freedom to Tinker on September 30, 2016. I was invited to testify yesterday before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Information Technology, at a hearing entitled “Cybersecurity: Ensuring the Integrity of the Ballot Box.” My written testimony is available here. My 5-minute opening statement went…

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Which Voting Machines Can be Hacked Through the Internet?

Sep 21, 2016

Author: Andrew W. Appel This article was originally published at Freedom to Tinker on September 20, 2016.  Over 9000 jurisdictions (counties and states) in the U.S. run elections with a variety of voting machines: optical scanners for paper ballots, and direct-recording “touchscreen” machines.  Which ones of them can be hacked to make them cheat, to transfer…

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Why Online Voting is a Danger to Democracy

Jun 06, 2016

Author: David Dill InterThis article was originally posted at The Stanford Report. If, like a growing number of people, you’re willing to trust the Internet to safeguard your finances, shepherd your love life, and maybe even steer your car, being able to cast your vote online might seem like a logical, perhaps overdue, step. No…

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California’s Internet Voting Initiatives

Feb 26, 2016

Author: David Jefferson and Barbara Simons This article was originally published in Communications of the ACM on February 24, 2016. California, home of an underabundance of rain and an overabundance of ballot initiatives, may be confronted with one or two initiatives on this November’s ballot that, if passed by the voters, will mandate the establishment…

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What if Volkswagen made Voting Machines?

Sep 25, 2015

Author: Barbara Simons Volkswagen stock plummeted today, because of accusations by the Environmental Protection Agency that VW uses software that turns on its emission control device when the software detects that one of its diesel cars is undergoing emission testing. When not being tested, the software disables the device, thereby causing the car to spew…

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Helping LA County Build a Voting System

Apr 02, 2013

Author: Joseph Lorenzo Hall This past week I was at the kick-off meeting of the LA County Voting System Assessment Project’s (VSAP) Technical Advisory Committee. The VSAP is Registrar/ClerkDean Logan’s intense and groundbreaking effort to design, develop, procure and implement a publicly owned voting system. I am honored to be asked to serve on such an important body.…

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Voting in Colorado

Oct 21, 2012

Author: Barbara Simons Arapahoe County Colorado was in the news the week with the Denver Post reporting that envelopes containing absentee ballots mailed to over 230,000 voters included “I Voted” stickers, which rubbed up against the ballot and in some cases left a faint, near-linear mark that appeared exactly where voters draw a line to select their…

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Virginia – the new Florida?

Oct 09, 2012

Author: Barbara Simons There are many ways in which Virginia 2012 could resemble the Florida 2000 – only worse. At least in 2000 there were paper ballots to recount in Florida.  But only 7 out of 134 Virginia localities (Virginia terminology for counties and independent cities) do not use paperless  Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines.…

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Ohio – Improved but Still a Concern

Oct 07, 2012

Author: Barbara Simons Ohio’s status as a large battleground state means that problems in Ohio could have a significant impact nationwide. Although Ohio is in better shape than a number of states because there are no paperless voting machines,The major concern is that about half the counties use Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) machines, though they…

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Problems Come When Using Databases to Disqualify Voters

Aug 27, 2012

Author: Douglas W. Jones During their news conference Friday, Iowa’s Republican secretary of state, Matt Schultz, and Democratic attorney general, Tom Miller, presented evidence suggesting there are non-citizens who have registered to vote illegally and that some of these illegal registrants have voted. Clearly, further investigation is called for, and if indeed these people have voted, they should be prosecuted. I…

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If I can shop and bank online, why can’t I vote online?

Nov 02, 2011

Author: David Jefferson There is widespread pressure around the country today for the introduction of some form of Internet voting in public elections that would allow people to vote online, all electronically, from their own personal computers or mobile devices. Proponents argue that Internet voting would offer greater speed and convenience, particularly for overseas and…

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Report on the Estonian Internet Voting System

Sep 03, 2011

Author: Barbara Simons I visited Estonia in mid-July of this year at the invitation of Edgar Savisaar, the country’s first prime minister and current mayor of Tallinn. Mr. Savisaar is the leader of the Centre Party, which placed second in recent national elections. The Centre Party and Mr. Savisaar have been questioning the outcome of…

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Report on second risk-limiting audit under AB 2023 in Monterey County California

May 07, 2011

Author: Phillip Stark The second risk-limiting audit under California AB 2023 was conducted on May 6 in Monterey County. The contest was a Special all-mail election for Monterey Peninsula Water Management District Director, Division 1.  Monterey uses Sequoia equipment. There were two candidates: Brenda Lewis and Thomas M. Mancini, and write-ins. 2111 ballots were cast in all.  The reported totals were…

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Oak Ridge, spear phishing, and i-voting

Apr 25, 2011

Author: Jeremy Epstein Oak Ridge National Labs (one of the US national energy labs, along with Sandia, Livermore, Los Alamos, etc) had a bunch of people fall for a spear phishing attack (see articles in Computerworld and many other descriptions). For those not familiar with the term, spear phishing is sending targeted emails at specific recipients, designed to…

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Paper vs. Electronic Voting in Houston

Nov 08, 2010

Author: Dan Wallach Back in late August, Harris County (Houston)’s warehouse with all 10,000 of our voting machines, burned to the ground. As I blogged at the time, our county decided to spend roughly $14 million of its $40 million insurance settlement on purchasing replacement electronic voting machines of the same type destroyed in the fire,…

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In D.C.’s Web Voting Test, the Hackers Were the Good Guys

Oct 30, 2010

Author: Barbara Simons, David Jefferson and Jeremy Epstein Last month, the District conducted an Internet voting experiment that resulted in a team from the University of Michigan infiltrating election computers so completely that they were able to modify every ballot cast and all election outcomes without ever leaving their offices. They also retrieved the username…

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Voting Machine Expert Offers Insights on North Carolina “Vote-Flipping”

Oct 29, 2010

Douglas Jones is a voting technology expert on the computer science faculty at the University of Iowa who has done extensive study of the ES&S iVotronic direct recording voting machine. In this interview he offers his insights on reports of straight-party voting problems on iVotronics in multiple North Carolina counties. Q: Are you familiar with this type…

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Hacking the D.C. Internet Voting Pilot

Oct 15, 2010

Author: J. Alex Halderman This article was posted at Ed Felten’s “Freedom to Tinker” blog and is re-posted with permission. The District of Columbia is conducting a pilot project to allow overseas and military voters to download and return absentee ballots over the Internet. Before opening the system to real voters, D.C. has been holding…

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The meaning of Alex Halderman’s successful attack on the DC Internet voting system

Oct 06, 2010

Author: David Jefferson University of Michigan Prof. Alex Halderman has now released some details about his successful attack on the District of Columbia’s proposed Internet voting system which has been under test for the last week. (See www.freedom-to-tinker.com.) It is now clear that Halderman and his team were able to completely subvert the entire DC…

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Best Practices for Voting Systems Supporting Military and Overseas Voters

Jun 18, 2010

Author: Pamela Smith Given the current focus on UOCAVA implementation, the NIST draft Information System Security Best Practices for UOCAVA-Supporting Systems (referred to here as the Draft) is a timely and important document. A summary of security standards and guidelines “deemed most applicable for jurisdictions using IT systems to support UOCAVA voting” is indeed necessary at a…

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Military and Overseas Voting Update

May 05, 2010

Author: Bo Lipari For members of the military, their families, and other United States citizens living overseas, voting has always presented unique challenges. Some of these problems include reliable delivery of blank ballots to the voters, secure and timely return of voted ballots, and authenticating that ballots were completed and returned by the same person…

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Judge Orders Expert Review of Voting Machines in New Jersey

Feb 02, 2010

Author: Pamela Smith A judge in New Jersey has ordered a new review of New Jersey’s voting systems, this time by qualified technical experts, in a partial victory for advocates challenging the systems’ constitutionality. State law requires that voting systems be “accurate and reliable.” From our vantage point, these systems don’t meet that standard; because they cannot be audited,…

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Statewide Databases of Registered Voters: Study Of Accuracy, Privacy, Usability, Security, and Reliability Issues

Feb 16, 2006

Verified Voting Board Chair Dr. Barbara Simons co-chaired a study commissioned by the Association for Computing Machinery: Citing the danger of voter fraud and disenfranchisement from poorly implemented databases, a committee of experts commissioned by USACM released a report making almost 100 recommendations to state and local officials charged with creating and managing statewide voter registration databases (VRDs). The report…

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Verified Voting Releases Groundbreaking Study on Election Technology Industry and Voting Machines

Mar 30, 2021

The following is a statement from Verified Voting. For additional press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA, PA (March 30, 2021) — Verified Voting today released “The Price of Voting,” a groundbreaking study by principal investigator Matthew Caulfield and a team of student researchers at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Drawing on the…

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Election Security Experts Say Limiting Options for Voting and Expanding Internet Voting is Not Election Security

Feb 24, 2021

The following is a statement from Verified Voting. For additional press inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA, PA (February 24, 2021) — Mark Lindeman, co-director of Verified Voting, released the following statement today in regard to the recent wave of legislation being introduced to limit options for secure voting: “Recently introduced legislation in states across the…

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A Guide: What to Ask When New Election Technology is Introduced

Feb 09, 2021

When state or local election officials introduce new or upgraded election technology (including voting machines, electronic poll books, and mobile apps), you may have questions as a constituent. You may have concerns about the cost of technology, the accessibility of the technology, the transparency of the technology, the technology procurement process, or the security of…

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Opposition to certifying ES&S ExpressVote XL voting system

Jan 12, 2021

The following is a letter sent by Verified Voting to the New York State Board of Election on January 12, 2021.  Download the letter here January 12, 2021 New York State Board of Elections (via email election_ops@elections.ny.gov) 40 North Pearl Street Suite 5 Albany, NY 12207-2729 RE: Verified Voting opposition to certifying ES&S ExpressVote XL…

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In letter to 117th Congress, Verified Voting supports specific election security measures in H.R. 1

Jan 05, 2021

The following is a statement and letter from Verified Voting in support of election security reforms outlined in For the People Act (H.R.1/S.949). For additional media inquiries, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com PHILADELPHIA (January 5, 2021) — “Voter-verifiable paper ballots and post-election audits are needed to increase election security, which is why Verified Voting is supporting specific…

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Statement about Risk of Reliance on Ballot-Marking Devices

Sep 28, 2020

DOWNLOAD PDF HERE September 28, 2020 The Shelby County Commission (via email) 160 North Main Street Memphis, TN 38103 RE: Verified Voting statement about risk of reliance on ballot-marking devices Dear Members of the Shelby County Commission, As in our public comment submitted in March, Verified Voting urges the Election Commission to select voting equipment…

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Verified Voting Comments On VVSG 2.0 v3

Jun 22, 2020

Download the letter here   June 22, 2020 TO: The United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines (VVSG) 2.0. Verified Voting’s mission is to strengthen democracy for all voters by promoting the responsible use of technology in elections. Verified Voting applauds the…

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Verified Voting Praises Pennsylvania’s Election Reform Package That Helps Counties Purchase Voting Machines

Oct 30, 2019

View the statement here: Verified Voting Statement on Election Reform Package Marian K. Schneider: “This funding ensures the smooth transition to secure and verifiable voting systems.” “Verified Voting is pleased with the Pennsylvania General Assembly and Gov. Tom Wolf’s commitment to an election reform package that includes funding for counties to help pay for the…

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Verified Voting’s Policy on DREs and BMDs

Aug 23, 2019

Download VerifiedVoting’s Policy on Direct Recording Electronic Voting Machines and Ballot Marking Devices On November 21, 2019 we revised Verified Voting’s Policy on Direct Recording Electronic Voting Machines and Ballot Marking Devices to remove a reference to parallel testing on page 8 of the original document. Although the concept of parallel testing has been discussed…

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Verified Voting Praises Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf For Announcing Bond Financing To Reimburse Counties For Purchasing Voting Machines

Jul 11, 2019

Marian K. Schneider: “This move will ensure the smooth transition to secure and verifiable voting systems and will free up money for counties to use toward cybersecurity training and voter education.” “Verified Voting is pleased with Gov. Wolf’s commitment to replace electronic voting systems. The availability of this $90 million financing will allow counties to…

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Public Comments On VVSG 2.0 Principles And Guidelines

Jun 10, 2019

Download the PDF Verified Voting is pleased to see the VVSG 2.0 principles and guidelines finally moving forward. We are enthusiastic about the VVSG 2.0 structure and, with some reservations, about the content of the principles and guidelines. Full implementation of the VVSG 2.0 will, in time, help bring about voting systems that set new…

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Verified Voting Applauds Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, Rep. Garth Everett And Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer’s Nonpartisan Call For The Penn. General Assembly To Appropriate Funding To Replace Vulnerable Electronic Voting Machines

Mar 26, 2019

Marian K. Schneider: “Election security is a nonpartisan issue and the goal of hardening our voting systems against potential threats is shared across the aisle.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, formerly Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration in the Pennsylvania Department of State, following the press conference…

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Verified Voting Calls On Governor Tom Wolf And The Pennsylvania General Assembly To Appropriate Funding To Replace Vulnerable Electronic Voting Machines

Feb 05, 2019

Marian K. Schneider: “Verified Voting calls on the Pennsylvania legislature to appropriate additional funding to subsidize the cost of replacement.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, formerly Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration in the Pennsylvania Department of State, following Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address to the joint…

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Why Voters Should Mark Ballots by Hand

Dec 04, 2018

Author: Andrew Appel Because voting machines contain computers that can be hacked to make them cheat, “Elections should be conducted with human-readable paper ballots. These may be marked by hand or by machine (using a ballot-marking device); they may be counted by hand or by machine (using an optical scanner). Recounts and audits should be…

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An Unverifiability Principle for Voting Machines

Oct 23, 2018

Author: Andrew Appel This article was originally posted at Freedom to Tinker on October 22, 2018. In my last three articles I described the ES&S ExpressVote, the Dominion ImageCast Evolution, and the Dominion ImageCast X (in its DRE+VVPAT configuration). There’s something they all have in common: they all violate a certain principle of voter verifiability.…

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Security Experts Call on ES&S to Provide States with Steps to Disable Problematic Software Installed on Voting Machines

Jul 18, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “Verified Voting calls on all the voting system vendors to be full partners in the effort to secure our elections.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, following news that ES&S, the country’s top voting-machine maker, admitted installing problematic remote-access software on election-management systems that it…

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Toolkit Advises Advocates and Election Officials on How to Secure the Nation’s Voting Machines

Jun 04, 2018

A joint project from Verified Voting, the Brennan Center, Common Cause and the National Election Defense Coalition suggests ways states can use Congressional election security funds. Download the PDF. For additional media inquires, please contact aurora@newheightscommunications.com. A new toolkit designed for advocates and election officials offers suggestions for best practices for conducting post-election audits as…

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Pennsylvania Takes Critical Steps Toward Eliminating Paperless Voting by Next Presidential Election, but Not Before the 2018 Midterms

Apr 16, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “Verified Voting calls on the Pennsylvania legislature to appropriate additional funding to subsidize the cost of replacement.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, formerly Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration in the Pennsylvania Department of State, on Pennsylvania’s announcement that all counties have until the…

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Pennsylvania Takes Critical Steps Toward Election Security by Purchasing Voter-Verifiable Paper Systems

Feb 12, 2018

Marian K. Schneider: “We applaud this decision today to increase the integrity of Pennsylvania’s elections and its move to safeguard elections.” The following is a statement from Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, formerly Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration in the Pennsylvania Department of State, on Pennsylvania’s announcement that it will no longer…

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Testimony of Verified Voting to the Georgia House of Representatives House Science and Technology Committee

Nov 30, 2017

Download as PDF Georgia’s voting machines need an update. The lifespan of voting machines has been estimated at 10-15 years.1 Purchased in 2002 Georgia’s voting machines are at the outside of that estimate. As voting systems age they are more susceptible to error, malfunction or security threats potentially losing or miscounting votes. Georgia is one…

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Testimony for the New Jersey State Assembly Judiciary Committee

Oct 26, 2017

Verified Voting is a national non-partisan, not for profit research and advocacy organization founded by computer scientists and committed to safeguarding democracy in the digital age. We promote technology and policies that ensure auditable, accessible and resilient voting for all eligible citizens. We urge you to adopt the proposed amendments and vote “YES” on A-4619.…

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Yes, Voting Machines Can Be Hacked – Now the Hard Work Begins

Oct 13, 2017

DEFCON Report on Machine Vulnerabilities Critical First Step in Raising Awareness, But to Secure Election Systems, States Must Adopt Paper Ballots A new report on cyber vulnerabilities of our elections systems raises awareness of a critical issue, but in order to secure our elections, we need fundamental changes made at the state and local level.…