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Congressional Testimony: Ensuring Ballot Box Integrity

Lawrence Norden testified before the House Subcommittee on Information Technology, in a hearing entitled “Cybersecurity: Ensuring the Integrity of the Ballot Box.”

Published: September 28, 2016

On Septem­ber 28, 2016, Demo­cracy Deputy Director Lawrence Norden test­i­fied before the House Subcom­mit­tee on Inform­a­tion Tech­no­logy in a hear­ing entitled “Cyber­se­cur­ity: Ensur­ing the Integ­rity of the Ballot Box.” This hear­ing provided an oppor­tun­ity for the Commit­tee to consider options to improve the integ­rity of our elec­tion systems.    

The Bren­nan Center testi­mony built on research in the Bren­nan Center report Amer­ica’s Voting Machines at Risk. The testi­mony emphas­ized the import­ance of distin­guish­ing between genu­ine threats and sensa­tion­al­istic and heated rhet­oric when it comes to Amer­ica’s elec­tion integ­rity, noting the biggest threats are attempts to under­mine public confid­ence in the reli­ab­il­ity of our elec­tions systems.  The testi­mony went on to detail import­ant steps that elec­tion offi­cials and the public have taken and should take to secure this Novem­ber’s elec­tion.  Finally, the testi­mony stressed the need to replace the oldest machines and equip­ment that over time will become less reli­able.

Read the full testi­mony here.