CyberSecurity Coordinator Case Study: Pike County, Mississippi

Election Infrastructure as a Critical Resource: Background In March 2018, President Trump declared “Election Infrastructure” as a critical resource for the United States. Congress appropriated $385 million for the use of cybersecurity activities by states and local election officials as part of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) including …

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Opening the Door for Voter Turnout

According to a recent report by the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, turnout among voters without a disability rose to 54 percent in 2018, leaving a near 5-point turnout gap between those who face disabilities and those who do not, representing up to 14.7 million Americans with disabilities who did not cast a ballot last year. As …

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Election Officials are like NFL Kickers

“So, what do you do for living?” Oh, the question that so many election professionals struggle to fully explain as people typically respond, astonished: “Wait, I didn’t realize so much goes into Election Day.” Having this conversation both as an Election Director of a large jurisdiction and working with hundreds of local officials on behalf …

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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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