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 uses the internet. For additional media inquiries, please contact Aurora Matthews, firstname.lastname@example.org
May 12, 2020 — “CISA’s new guidance validates what the election security community has long argued: that internet voting is dangerously insecure. Voting over the internet does not provide a way for jurisdictions to monitor, detect, respond, and recover from a potential attack, ” said Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting. “Conducting an election using internet voting would jeopardize the integrity of the election results, and in these uncertain times, it matters more than ever to improve the trustworthiness of our elections. We are working to ensure that this November’s election results will be resilient, and as the guidance shows, voting over the internet is simply not a safe and secure option for voters.”
Verified Voting, a non-partisan election integrity organization, advocates for evidence-based elections where the majority of voters mark paper ballots, the voter verifies the ballot before casting, there is a strong chain of custody of the ballots, and robust post-election audits such as risk-limiting audits (RLAs) are conducted. Verified Voting’s COVID-19 recommendations on election security and verification, which can be viewed here, note that voting via the internet or mobile app should not be used.