The following is a statement from Verified Voting in support of election security reforms outlined in the For the People Act (S.1). For additional media inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Verified Voting Urges Congress to Consider Specific Election Security Measures in the For the People Act, S.1.
PHILADELPHIA (June 22, 2021) — “Our elections are woefully underfunded. Regardless of whether the Senate votes to move forward on debating the For The People Act, Congress needs to pass meaningful legislation to help ensure sufficient, sustained funding to help states invest in their election infrastructure.
“While Verified Voting does not take a position on S.1 in its entirety, it urges Congress to pass certain measures in the bill designed to help safeguard our elections from both legitimate threats of interference and baseless claims of fraud.
“Voter-verified paper ballots and post-election audits are needed to protect elections and help ensure that votes are counted as cast. The 2020 election showed that public confidence in our elections and democracy is at a tipping point. The common-sense, bipartisan-supported election security measures in S.1 should be a priority for Congress, and Verified Voting looks forward to working with members of Congress to support safe, secure and fair federal elections.”
In a letter sent to members of the 117th Congress in January 2021, Verified Voting explained why moving toward risk-limiting audits (RLAs) will advance efforts to protect and ensure trustworthy elections.
In addition to RLAs, Verified Voting also supports the following measures:
- Paper ballots that all voters can verify as a trustworthy record of votes cast in an election, which can be used to check the election outcome, and if needed, conduct a full hand recount; and
- Broad federal material and technical support for replacing and securing voting systems and election infrastructure – and explicitly requiring electronic poll books to be tested and certified.