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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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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