Risk Limiting Audits

As part of the Election Cybersecurity umbrella, many states are considering mandatory Risk Limiting Audits (RLA) as a means to promote voter confidence in the election process. The purpose of any post election audit is to verify that the automated vote count is accurate, ie. that the voting equipment properly counted the ballots and that …

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Elections Cybersecurity, What we are Working Toward?

NIST Framework 1. Identify – assets you need to protect 2. Protect – strengthen, train and limit impact 3. Detect – security problems and strengthen & train 4. Respond – to an incident 5. Recover – from an incident   Elections Cybersecurity, What we are Working Toward? The NIST 800-53 Cybersecurity Framework for Election Management …

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Alternative Language Ballots Aren’t Enough: Translation Help at the Polls

Twelve months following the Voting Rights Act of 1975, a section of which requires alternative language accessibility on voting material based on the number of minority-language speakers residing in a county, Spanish made its first appearance in the voting process. And for some of the nation’s largest cities, the addition of Spanish to voter registration …

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Sorry, But You’re Not Allowed to Vote

“Sorry, but you’re not allowed to vote.”  Imagine if this is what you were told when you arrived at your polling place.  Would you feel upset?  Frustrated?  Helpless?  Maybe even scared?  For plenty of people with disabilities, this isn’t an imagining, this is reality. Following the 2016 national election, there were many reports from voters …

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Easy Guide to Improving Accessibility for Retail

The U.S. Census Bureau reports there are an estimated 3.6 million wheelchair users in the United States, and this number is increasing every year due to the aging baby boomer generation. In fact, currently one in five baby boomers faces a mobility challenge, and these baby boomers have the largest percentage of discretionary income at …

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