We live in a digital age, yet voting remains woefully outdated. The nation’s recent experience holding a presidential election during a pandemic highlights how important it is to modernize the voting process. The benefits of transitioning to online voting are numerous, including easier access as voters would no longer be required to wait in long lines and greater efficiency as votes would be tabulated electronically.
Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director R. James Woolsey Jr., a veteran of four presidential administrations and one of the nation’s leading intelligence experts, believes we should be worried about election security on a number of levels — though he says there are some relatively easy fixes. Woolsey discusses security threats surrounding the voting process, measures that can be put in place to mitigate those risks, as well as the biggest security threat to the U.S. outside of election security.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is teaming up with election officials and private sector partners to develop and pilot an open source post-election auditing tool ahead of the 2020 elections.
Of late, much has been written regarding the dangers of electronic voting machines and how their security controls are either lacking or non-existent, leading to potential voter fraud or changes in how ballots are cast