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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(@aaronlittlefield)

Election Security

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

PURPOSE: Consider biometric scanners in voting centers.
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CAPABILITY:
DHS has an Office of Biometric Identity Management (since 2013) that could (potentially) be used for the purpose of validating voting.
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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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(@aaronlittlefield)

Election Security

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).
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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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(@stephenrussell)

Election Security

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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(@drewdavidcoker)

Election Security

Politatian rating system

A system to rate our politicians based on different schools of thought giving different weight to certain criteria such as honesty and campaign promises kept effectiveness and efficiency and jobs created and wealth created as well as knowledge of politics and policy.

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(@carolekdede)

Election Security

Require all polling place computers have dot gov, instead of dot com

Chris Krebs, Head of Cyber Agency, DHS, was interviewed on NPR, All Things Considered," January 26, 2020, "Why Elections Officials Aren't Taking A Simple Security Step," by Miles Parks.

It was pointed out by Miles Parks that cybersecurity firm McAfee analyzed domain names, noted that a huge majority of states' counties had the much less secure dot com domain instead of the secure dot gov domain. In Texas 95% and in... more »

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(@etonaric9)

Election Security

Call out Foreign Trolls Directly - Let the Public Know Who and What Actors are Malicious

While social media companies have recently stepped up their efforts to combat foreign influence on elections, more can be done to alert the public and to dismantle disinformation campaigns. Quacks and conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones or other weirdos should be called out and isolated. We should not allow messages from foreign facebook, twitter, instagram, or even harmful memes to become viral or otherwise influence... more »

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(@safescription)

Election Security

Ensuring Elections Run Properly with COVID-19 Pandemic

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans will be afraid to go to the voting booths for the primaries and general election. As such, states will need to prepare for an influx of absentee and vote-by-mail ballots. processing and verifying these ballots is going to be a monstrous task, especially for states and counties that typically receive very little absentee ballots. With automatic signature verification of ballots, counties... more »

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(@drewdavidcoker)

Election Security

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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(@violetb)

Election Security

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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(@marlene2)

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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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(@cjfalter)

Election Security

Universal Federal unique positive identification

Separate personal identification from states licensing. State licensing has too many other complications (tests etc) and has variable process integrity and denial reasons depending on location. Its also currently not guaranteed to be unique. Fingerprints should become the standard instead of signature or even photo based ID. Not as error prone and guaranteed unique. IMHO fingerprints are no more privacy invasion than... more »

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(@quantum)

Election Security

Mail in ballots should be nationalized along with having a bi-partisan watchdog group in every district for oversight.

Given the current status of Covid-19 and the absolute need to continue social distancing for the next several months if not years, going to a nationwide system of mail-in ballots along with automatic voter registration for anyone born in or naturalized in the USA would make for much fairer elections, especially for those who can't take time off work to stand in line for hours to vote. A bipartisan citizen oversight council... more »

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(@alpsderecho)

Election Security

Unprecedented

The Election Commission, will have contingency plans in place. How about developing a "Virtual Voting Application," or VVA each person gets a Digital Right to Vote. Technology by Americans for America.

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(@drewdavidcoker)

Election Security

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,

ADC

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