A Fireside Chat for the Bace Cybersecurity Institute with Peter G. Neumann and Rebecca T. Mercuri
The year 2020 has loomed as a critical one for elections in the United States. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 provided an additional $380M in funding as Help America Vote Act grants for states to make election security improvements, including for the replacement of voting equipment that does not produce a paper record. Still, some 16 million voters (about 12% of those registered, across 8 states) would have been using paperless machines that provide no way to confirm that ballots have been accurately recorded or counted.
Now, with fears of COVID-19 in the mix, many municipalities are making plans for all-paper and even all-absentee voting, in the remaining primaries and for the November General Election. Yet, these methods still suffer from age-old forms of fraud and tampering that have never been properly addressed.
Drs. Neumann and Mercuri will describe some of the problematic issues that should be anticipated, along with suggestions for the implementation of risk mitigations, while there is still time to put these into place.