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Election Security

Data-driven campaigns and computerized election infrastructure have raised fears regarding election privacy and security, along with the impact these practices may be having on voting and democratic norms. The 2016 election cycle held a number of surprises for the often-uneventful world of U.S. election administration: malicious hackers, massive breaches of campaign voter data and the first confirmed electronic hacking of operational US election systems in the form of compromised voting system vendors. Unfortunately, both election officials and political campaigns have limited resources and experience needed to address these issues. We propose to make progress on this set of problems by focusing on key cybersecurity issues, such as election official training, technical volunteer capacity building, social media disinformation campaigns, and robust post-election auditing. With the 2020 elections around the corner, there is much work to be done. In our Election Security and Privacy Project, CDT seeks to identify and update election cybersecurity practices and work through potential remedies in a few critical areas: state voter registration systems, election auditing, and campaign data.

Check out more on our work in this area in our Election Security collection of resources.

Election Security Collection

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Booster Shots for Democracy

A CDT and KAS report, entitled "A Lie Can Travel: Election Disinformation in the United States, Brazil, and France." Three human figures, all getting information in different ways while standing above a map from different countries. Blue / green, dark blue, white and black colors. A Jonathan Swift quote in a circle: "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." (Commonly misattributed to Mark Twain.)

A Lie Can Travel: Election Disinformation in the United States, Brazil, and France (CDT report published by KAS)

CDT report entitled "Split Decisions: Guidance for Measuring Locality Preservation in District Maps." CDT logo in blue. A close up of pale red, blue, and transient districts with white boundary lines.

Report – Split Decisions: Guidance for Measuring Locality Preservation in District Maps

Graphic for CDT's Election Security work. White background, with "Election Security" in dark and light blue text, with a similar-colored ballot box – and a ballot with a digitized trail. Small CDT logo.

We Need a Way to Distinguish Good Post-Election Audits from Bad Ones

CDT Staff to Tackle Hottest Issues in Tech at RightsCon 2021

CDT Testimony Before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Election Security

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