Voting Equipment Security

Voting Equipment Security

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Executive Summary

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Study Description

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Overview

The Little Hoover Commission is reviewing voting equipment security in California. During the course of its voter participation study, the Commission determined it wanted to learn more about how the state ensures that all Californians’ votes count, particularly in light of Department of Homeland Security reports that foreign operatives in 2016 had scanned the state’s data networks.

In early 2018, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla pointed to aging voting systems as one of the gravest threats to election integrity.  Governor Brown has proposed in the 2018-2019 budget $134.3 million to provide counties with about half of the funding they will need to pay for replacement of their voting equipment.  In addition, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 provides California with up to $34 million in Help America Vote Act Election Security Funds to update equipment and make security improvements. 

In this study, the Little Hoover Commission will review voting equipment security in California to better understand the strengths and vulnerabilities of the current systems, the policies, processes and procedures around their use and plans to use available funding to update this equipment.  Additionally, the Commission will hear from security and elections experts about the implementation of best practices in California and opportunities to further improve voting equipment security.

If you would like more information regarding this study, please contact Krystal Beckham at krystal.beckham@lhc.ca.gov or at 916-445-2125.  To be notified electronically of meetings, events, or when the review is complete, please send a request to littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov. 

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