Congressional Briefing - Election Cybersecurity: Problems and Prospects in the Run-Up to November

July 10, 2018

Location: Capitol Visitor Center, SVC-202/203

PROGRAM 

1:00 – Check In/Lunch 
1:30 – Briefing starts

The midterms are just months away and our nation’s electronic voting systems remain vulnerable to undetectable cyber-attacks. According to a recent report issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee, foreign agents targeted election systems in 18 states, conducted malicious access attempts on voting-related websites in at least six states, and additionally gained access to voter registration databases in a small number of states.  While several states including Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania have recently announced new programs and spending to secure election websites and voter registration databases, surprisingly little has been done since 2016 to secure vote tallies by replacing paperless voting machines and mandating post-election audits.  

A bipartisan group of leading authorities on election administration and cybersecurity will present an overview of current challenges and opportunities facing federal and state policymakers. In particular, speakers will highlight growing expert consensus on the importance of paper ballots and post-election audits as means to verify election results. 


Opening Remarks:

The Honorable James Lankford (R-OK) @senatorlankford

United States Senator
*schedule permitting

Moderator:

The Honorable Trey Grayson @KYTrey 

Former Secretary of State of Kentucky

Panelists:

J. Alex Halderman, Ph.D. @jhalderm

Professor of Computer Science, University of Michigan

Liz Howard @lizlhoward

Former Deputy Commissioner of Elections, Virginia; Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

Lt. Colonel Tony Shaffer @T_S_P_O_O_K_Y 

Former Intelligence Official, Fox News Commentator

Shantiel Soeder

Election and Compliance Administrator, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; post-election audit expert

Harri Hursti @HarriHursti  

Computer Scientist and Organizer of the Voting Village at DEFCON, the world’s largest hacker convention

Dan Savickas @dansav1776

Legislative Outreach Manager, FreedomWorks

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Anthony Thomas-Davis at davisa@brennan.law.nyu.edu. Media inquiries should be sent to Rebecca Autrey at autreyr@brennan.law.nyu.edu.