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Opposition to Colorado Senate Bill 21-188

Download PDF April 26, 2021 State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Committee Colorado House of Representatives 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 electronic ballot return. Verified…

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Opposition to Maine Legislative Document 1375

Download PDF April 23, 2021 Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs Maine Legislature c/o Legislative Information Office 100 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333 Via electronic portal RE: Verified Voting Opposition to LD 1375 (HP 1009) Dear Committee Members, On behalf of Verified Voting, I write in opposition to LD 1375 regarding electronic ballot return.…

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Verified Voting Joins with Experts to Send Letter to Arizona State Senate on Election Audit Transparency

Verified Voting joined with experts in election law and administration, national security, and voting rights to write a letter to Arizona State Senate President Fann, requesting her to stop restricting the public’s access to the audit and grant observation to experts from nonpartisan American organizations and educational institutions across the country. Download PDF The Honorable…

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Verified Voting Sends Letter to Arizona State Senate on Election Audits

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

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

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

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

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

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 Announces Mark Lindeman and Cris Landa as Interim Co-Directors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)?

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 Comment On Los Angeles County VSAP 2.0 Certification

The following is a comment on the certification process for Los Angeles County’s VSAP 2.0 system. To view a pdf, click here. Los Angeles County Voting Systems for All People (VSAP) 2.0 Certification Comment of Pamela Smith, Senior Advisor, Verified Voting January 20, 2020 Verified Voting commends Los Angeles County for the decade-long process of…

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

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

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

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

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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Support of Connecticut House Bill 6325 Section 10

March 23, 2021 Connecticut Government Administration and Elections Committee Legislative Office Building, Room 2200 Hartford, CT 06106 (via email) RE: Verified Voting Support of Section 10 of HB6325 Dear Committee Members: On behalf of Verified Voting, I write in support of Section 10 of House Bill 6325 regarding risk-limiting audits. Verified Voting is a nonpartisan…

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Opposition to North Dakota Senate Bill 2271

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

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

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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An Open Letter on Election Security

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

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

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

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

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

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 New Jersey Governor Regarding The Use Of Internet Voting Options

Download the following letter sent on behalf of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Common Cause, and Verified Voting, to express our concern about the use of internet voting options in New Jersey elections. Dear Governor Murphy, Attorney General Grewal, Secretary Way, and Director Giles: We write concerning the use of…

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Letter To Florida Governor – Provisional Support For COVID-19

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

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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 Signs Onto AAAS Letter Opposing Online Voting

Verified Voting and members of the Board and Board of Advisors signed onto a letter drafted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) urging states against using internet voting solutions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download the letter here Letter to Governors and Secretaries of State on the insecurity of online…

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What if Volkswagen made Voting Machines?

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

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

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?

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

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

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?

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

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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Email Voting: A National Security Threat in Government Elections

Author: David Jefferson I am very concerned about the widespread push toward Internet voting in the U.S., of which email voting is just one kind.  Neither the Internet itself, nor voters’ computers, nor the email vote collection servers are secure against any of a hundred different cyber attacks that might be launched by anyone in…

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Public Comments On VVSG 2.0 Principles And Guidelines

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

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

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

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

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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Design flaw in Dominion ImageCast Evolution Voting Machine

Author: Andrew Appel This article was originally posted at Freedom to Tinker on October 16, 2018. The Dominion ImageCast Evolution looks like a pretty good voting machine, but it has a serious design flaw: after you mark your ballot, after you review your ballot, the voting machine can print more votes on it!. Fortunately, this…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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What Is A Risk-Limiting Audit (RLA)?

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

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 Says Situation With Iowa Caucuses Reveals Risks Associated With Technology

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

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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New Report: Internet Voting Threatens Ballot Secrecy

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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Why Online Voting is a Danger to Democracy

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

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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Hack the Vote: The Perils of the Online Ballot Box

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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Internet Voting for Overseas Military Puts Election Security at Risk

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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Statement on the Dangers of Internet Voting in Public Elections

At a time when more and more transactions occur online, a number of election officials and private organizations are looking to the Internet as one more possible avenue for balloting. When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that would be using an online voting system to help its members choose this year’s…

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Highlights From Verified Voting’s Quarterly Field Report

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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Opposition to North Dakota Senate Bill 2271

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

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

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

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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A Spotlight on Election Officials: Kammi Foote

Election officials carry out the most basic function of our democracy — making sure our eligible citizens can vote and that their votes count. Their work happens around the clock and far beyond what voters see on Election Day. Last year, they faced the extraordinary challenge of conducting elections amidst a pandemic, a polarized electorate,…

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A Spotlight on Election Officials: Neal Kelley

Election officials carry out the most basic function of our democracy — making sure our eligible citizens can vote and that their votes count. Their work happens around the clock and far beyond what voters see on Election Day. Last year, they faced the extraordinary challenge of conducting elections amidst a pandemic, a polarized electorate,…

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

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

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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