2020 Vision: Election Security in the Age of Committed Foreign Threats

Sponsored by: Cook County Clerk David Orr Authored by: Noah Praetz, Director of Elections The entire national security establishment admonishes that threats to our election infrastructure are real. Foreign governments, foreign non-state actors, and domestic troublemakers have the capacity and desire to corrode the essential public belief that our election outcomes are true and reliable. …

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Pakflatt and Inclusion Solutions Hold Annual General Meeting

This week marked the conclusion of the Pakflatt-Inclusion Solutions Annual General Meeting in Evanston, Illinois. While Inclusion Solutions’ Evanston-based staff arrived a little tired following Northwestern’s overtime win against Nebraska (and Pakflatt’s Derry-based staff arrived a little tired following such a long flight!) everyone grabbed an extra cup of coffee and dove head first into …

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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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