Supporting one — voting rights or election security — doesn't mean the other must be tossed to the side. Political parties and the media have created a false narrative that threatens to further divide the country.
Some who knowingly parroted former President Donald Trump’s debunked claims about election fraud could be on the hook for billions, while election security experts are encouraged by progress since 2016.
On Tuesday, Harris County Commissioners approved the purchase of $54 million in voting machines that have digital touchscreens and produce paper backups.
The bills range from requiring verification of absentee ballot signatures to establishing full online voting. These proposals follow a historic election that saw record levels of voter participation and baseless claims of fraud.
Election officials in the state are pointing to the benefits of physical ballots as the national conversation around election security continues to draw focus.
With future elections likely to divide along stark partisan lines, and election security in question, end-to-end verifiability can let voters know that their ballots have been received and not tampered with.
Chris Krebs, the former director of the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told the Senate Homeland Security Governmental Affairs Committee Wednesday that claims of election fraud are without merit.
According to Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer, the personal information of 113,000 Alaskans was compromised in an exposure involving the online voter registration database. The outcome of the recent election was not affected, however.
Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, was removed from his position after disputing President Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
Despite fears of some sort of cybersecurity apocalypse during this year's presidential election, federal officials say 2020 had no meaningful interference by foreign adversaries. Other issues, however, have held fast.
Despite unfounded claims of fraud and other improprieties by some in the political spheres, namely President Trump, election officials and private-sector experts say the election was the “most secure in American history.”
As soon as a winner is projected in the U.S. presidential election, Facebook says it will begin displaying a notice for users to help combat misinformation about the outcome. The company has also been targeting false or misleading posts.
As the presidential election drags on, many election officials say more state and federal money, coupled with new laws to create a more efficient and expansive mail-in voting system, would shorten future counts.
Election misinformation typically involves false narratives of fraud that include out-of-context or otherwise misleading images and faulty statistics as purported evidence.
Some 27 websites posing as news outlets were seized by federal authorities this week to cut down on disinformation surrounding the presidential election. The sites had ties to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.