If ballots are stored in the cloud, like some vendors use, how do you know they are secure?

Security audit logs offer insight into how organizations monitor access to the cloud, as well as how they might mitigate attacks. Cloud access logs should look similar to how election offices monitor the security and access levels to various rooms in the physical movement of ballots. For example, there should be a manifest of

If ballots are stored in the cloud, like some vendors use, how do you know they are secure?2020-09-07T13:31:37-06:00

What is the federal guidance on electronic ballot return voting?

The federal Voluntary Voting System Guidelines do not offer specific guidance on electronic ballot return, as they solely pertain to voting systems that take place within a polling place or vote center. The National Cybersecurity Center is working with several organizations to develop standards to ensure that electronic ballot return voting is as secure

What is the federal guidance on electronic ballot return voting?2020-09-07T13:30:51-06:00

What are the risks involved?

No voting system is inherently perfect, and there are risks involved with every option. Paper ballots have been scarred by hanging chad debacles, ballots stored in trunks, and ballots not picked up in mail-in ballot drop off locations. Email and fax as ballot return methods are inherently insecure, and easily compromised. Voting in person

What are the risks involved?2020-09-07T13:30:15-06:00

How has the technology been vetted?

Private cybersecurity firms such as Trail of Bits and Shift State have conducted security analyses of the main industry vendors being used – including Democracy Live, Scytl, and Voatz. Universities are researching the methods as well; for example, MIT published a report regarding security issues and electronic ballot return voting. The Department of Homeland

How has the technology been vetted?2020-09-07T13:29:12-06:00

What audit process is in place for the pilots?

The National Cybersecurity Center works with industry partners to provide an overall security ecosystem that contributes to an overall ‘audit’ of the election pilot. The NCC reviews the industry partner’s security procedures, security logs during the election pilot, employee security trainings, and any additional information that informs the level of security adopted within the

What audit process is in place for the pilots?2020-09-07T13:28:34-06:00

How do jurisdictions conduct electronic ballot return pilots?

Small and large jurisdictions are increasingly interested in conducting electronic ballot return pilots for overseas voters, and possibly even small portions of domestic populations. In order for jurisdictions to participate in pilots, jurisdictions must first ensure that state voting laws allow for the transmission of electronic ballots. Some states still do not allow that

How do jurisdictions conduct electronic ballot return pilots?2020-09-07T13:27:46-06:00
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