Election Security

Election Security

Elections play a vital role in a free and fair society and are a cornerstone of American democracy. We recognize the fundamental link between the trust in election infrastructure and the confidence the American public places in basic democratic function. A secure and resilient electoral process is a vital national interest and one of our highest priorities at the Department of Homeland Security. For more information on what DHS is doing with election security, visit our topic page on DHS.gov.

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Election Security

Submitted by (@aaronlittlefield)

VOTER VALIDATION FINGERPRINT READER, IRIS SCAN, OR TAKE A PICTURE

PURPOSE: Consider biometric scanners in voting centers. - CAPABILITY: DHS has an Office of Biometric Identity Management (since 2013) that could (potentially) be used for the purpose of validating voting. - PUBLIC WILLINGNESS: I would be perfectly willing to have my fingerprint read prior to voting (or iris scanned or picture taken in the alternative). I cannot think of any reason to be adverse to this, unless you ...more »

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Election Security

Submitted by (@aaronlittlefield)

GOOGLE FACIAL RECOGNITION ENHANCEMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND IMPLICATIONS

PURPOSE: Briefly discuss the new Google Facial Recognition capability in the context of enhancing public safety, and associated implications. NOTE: ALSO SEE PRIORITY ELECTION SECURITY ENHANCEMENT BELOW (under capability augmentation). - BACKGROUND: As some of you are aware, Google has databases filled with pictures of people from around the world that have been additionally scanned with their Facial Recognition software ...more »

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Election Security

Submitted by (@stephenrussell)

Updating election system

ID card scanners: Voters show ID card to gain entry to Vote via Dbase: see YMCA for member use, same for voters Keypad Voting machines Voters put votes by Keypad Cybsersecurity deters keypad hacking. Trash dated voting machines. Voting data at Local Registrar under lock & key Use biometric face scanning via TSA for Voting Scan voters from USBP ICE data & local PD. Sign Video pad for entry vs paper system. Make mobile ...more »

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Election Security

Submitted by (@drewdavidcoker)

Government sponsored internet

The government should sponsor the internet for free for limited access. To apply for jobs, as most jobs are applied for on line and to vote on-line. The government has the facial recognition capabilities and could allow a 100% vote in america and could be seen as a matter of national security for there to be a mandatory 100% vote in every election, always!

Thank you,

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Submitted by (@drewdavidcoker)

USA Internet

A governmental program with its own unique security features that allows American citizens access to the internet in limited capacities. This would allow all citizens to vote online and apply for employment at home with many security features based off of fingerprint confirmation and facial recognition programming. I believe that this could be a prominent factor in voting security while allowing the voice of all ...more »

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Election Security

Submitted by (@violetb)

Return to Paper Ballots

Computer experts have identified vulnerabilities to our election process when using electronic methods. Voting machines can be programmed to flip votes to a specific candidate using a few second delay so the voter is unaware this has taken place, unless the voter goes back to review their entire ballot on the machine. Even in areas where paper ballots are used, scanning machines can be programmed to fractionalize or skip ...more »

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Submitted by (@marlene2)

Extreme Measure

Absent a secure voting system, to ensure our Country's elections remain a true democratic process I propose the following: An internet blackout--prohibiting access from any sovereign, other than our own. To protect our military and others who are abroad the blackout would require a different means of communication for them to ensure safety. The blackout would last all of election day until all votes are tallied and announced. ...more »

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