Keeping Votes Secure
Existing electoral systems are not secure
Today’s election infrastructure is outdated and vulnerable. We need a better alternative immediately.
As we’ve seen now in countless failed elections, our existing systems are easy to hack and difficult to use. Rather than putting band aids on bullet holes, we should look to advances in blockchain, cryptography and identity verification to develop a better system.
When it comes to voting, we should have two goals: radically higher participation and radically better security. That can’t happen by making minor changes to existing, failing systems. That’s why the use of smartphone voting accompanied by an auditable paper trail is the best way forward.
Technology solutions are within reach
Innovations like blockchain can help us vote more securely than the status quo.
The decentralized nature of blockchain technology, both in regards to data ownership and storage, is a powerful security measure in resisting large-scale attacks and tampering.
However, blockchain may not be the final solution for mobile voting. If another, more secure technology were to come along that offers security, anonymity, and transparency, we’d be open to exploring and experimenting with it for mobile voting.
As we demonstrated at DEF CON, sending ballots over email like the military does is incredibly insecure. This technology provides a more secure alternative.”
Executive Director, Cyber Policy Initiative
CEO, Cambridge Global Advisors
Mobile voting is an incredible security challenge, where the risks can be mitigated with mature engineering. Using effective security tools that are already built in or added to today’s smartphone technologies will allow us to leverage this new voting channel.”
Principal, ShiftState Security
Former Cyber Special Agent, FBI
Current voting-machine manufacturers are not up to the task
An unregulated and highly consolidated industry with little security expertise controls most of the nation’s election infrastructure.
There are over a dozen voting-machine companies, but a majority of machines (more than 80%) are under the purview of 3 companies: Dominion, ES&S, and Hart InterCivic. There is currently no regulation of what companies program into their machines. This is due in part to the fact that lab testing reports are proprietary/confidential.
Voting entirely on paper is not the answer, it will only drive turnout lower
Democracy only works when elections are safe and robust.
Only using paper ballots is the equivalent of saying we don’t want anyone to drown, so let’s fill in every swimming pool with concrete. It may achieve the goal but it defeats the purpose.