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

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?

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

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

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 Responds to Feds’ Announcement of Foreign Interference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Big Takeaways From Super Tuesday

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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Data Shows Super Tuesday Voting Systems And Polling Equipment Trends Across States

View the statement here This Super Tuesday, voters in the 14 states holding primaries will encounter a range of voting methods and polling equipment. Verified Voting maintains a comprehensive database of voting systems being used across the United States (see the Verifier) and is observing a number of trends across Super Tuesday states, including: California…

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

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

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

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

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

“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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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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VV Urges Congress To Pass Comprehensive, Bipartisan Election Security Funding

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

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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Verified Voting Praises The DNC For Action On Virtual Caucuses

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

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

“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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Letter In Support Of Congressional Election Cybersecurity Legislation

This letter was sent to Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and Michael McCaul (R-TX) on May 14, 2019. Download the PDF. Thank you for introducing legislation aimed at increasing cybersecurity at the state and local levels of government. We recognize the need for this important legislation, which is…

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

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 EAC Chair Christy McCormick

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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Steps Voters Can Take to Report Problems on Election Day

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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