Despite the widespread anxiety over deepfakes’ effects on democracy, political consultants say they are more excited about generative AI’s potential to tackle boring grunt work and expand their ability to deploy big-race tactics in down-ballot contests.
Election reform advocates and Democratic lawmakers are mounting pressure in the Legislature to use federal Help America Vote Act funds for cities and towns to replace aging ballot-counting machines.
Some of the nation’s top cybersecurity leaders are warning state and local election officials of ongoing foreign and domestic national security threats to election systems.
Secretary of State Cisco Aguilar is asking state lawmakers for approximately $30 million to help aid in establishing a statewide voter registration database that would modernize the way elections are administered.
Making effective open source election software is one thing. Removing barriers to its use is another and means addressing concerns around liability, troubleshooting and certification.
Proponents say open source elections tech means new security features and transparency. What does it take to harness the helpful volunteer contributions, block out malicious saboteurs and keep these projects maintained for the long term?
State lawmakers approved the requirement — which attracted little attention or debate — in their massive overhaul of the state’s voting laws during a 2021 special Legislative session.
A pilot test of new ballot counting machines in one of three New Hampshire towns failed, according to Secretary of State David Scanlan. The new machines were being tested as replacements for existing obsolete technology.
Election-related disinformation built on strategies tested in 2020, and its believers remain a strong community, those watching the space say. Though voters rejected many election denier candidates, there is still cause for concern.
White House Homeland Security Advisor Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall said this week that the recent midterm elections did not see significant, disruptive attacks against election infrastructure.
A vote tabulation glitch in Arizona’s Maricopa County and an attempted takedown of voter-facing websites in Mississippi prompted a flurry of election misinformation and efforts from officials to set the record straight.
The Mercer County Commission allocated money the day after Election Day to replace the county's voting machines with a new system. The funding comes from the American Rescue Plan and Coal Severance Tax.
Falsehoods are likely to proliferate as voters await final results of Tuesday's election, but efforts to communicate heavily about the process — and to explain any Election Day hiccups — can help, experts say.
Following technical problems that forced a return to paper poll books in the May primary election, officials in Berks County, Pa., are putting electronic poll books through their paces ahead of the general election.
The County Elections Administration was approved to purchase several pieces of election software. The $42,800 purchase will be made with money from $120,000 the county received under the Help America Vote Act with a county match.
Voters got to see a new voting tabulator, the ES&S DS200, and get an overview of how the machine works. Officials say the technology will add even more accuracy to the vote counting process.