Voting Equipment Security

Voting Equipment Security

Full Report

Executive Summary

Press Release

Fact Sheet

Study Description

Agenda

Overview

The Commission is reviewing the security of California’s voting systems. This study will focus on questions such as how the state can develop training and best practices for elections officials, how we can test voting equipment in real-world conditions, and how we can conduct audits to reduce human mistakes in the voting process.

This study builds on the Commission’s 2019 letter to the Governor and Legislature that posed questions about the security of the state’s voting equipment, and urged thoughtful consideration and action to ensure every Californian’s vote counts.

The Commission sees a valuable opportunity to review its work on election security in the face of significant changes to the electoral environment. The planned, steady expansion of access to voting delineated in the Voters Choice Act has been upended by the Covid-19 pandemic and Governor Newsom’s executive order providing every Californian with a vote-by-mail ballot. There have also been changes in the management of the United States Postal Service. County elections officials must keep voters distanced and safe in the midst of the pandemic. Elections officials must guard against threats of foreign interference or human and technological errors.

The Commission anticipates releasing a report in the coming months that will recommend ways to secure California’s election infrastructure amid these changes.

If you would like more information regarding this study, please contact Krystal Beckham at krystal.beckham[@]lhc.ca.gov. To be notified electronically of meetings, events, or when the review is complete, please subscribe to Little Hoover Commission Updates: http://bit.ly/LittleHooverNews 

 

Prior Reports
(Report #247, March 2019)

 

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