The Next Big Barrier: Being Pro-Active, Universal, and Inclusive

The Election Assistance Commission recently reported that according to U.S Census Bureau data, approximately 26 million people in the United States have limited English proficiency and more than 66 million speak a language other than English. A growing statistic that we, as Election Professionals, must come to acknowledge. As a matter of fact, a federal judge on …

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Navigating the Paper Trail

For almost 20 years, a number of polling places across the country have purchased and successfully used electronic voting systems, citing auditability, transparency and efficiency as some of these systems’ biggest benefits. But new concerns about vulnerabilities in electronic voting machines have surfaced in states such as Georgia, South Carolina and Pennsylvania, turning election administrators’ …

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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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