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Election Security

Promote security, accuracy, auditability, and transparency in elections.

Issue Team Chair: Kirstin Mueller, 293-5046
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2020 Legislative Session Wrap Up 

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The Leagueworked with legislators during the 2020 legislative session to improve election security by supporting:

  • Improved cybersecurity measures to ensure our voting system can be defended against attacks. 
  • Elimination of email ballot return and prohibit other forms of internet voting. 
  • Publicly verifiable post-election audits and easy and timely access to audit results.
  • Improved reconciliation reports including greater detail of ballot rejection rates.
  • Improved tracking and procedures for chain of custody of voted ballots.
    Click on Bill # for detailed information. See UPDATES below
    Bill the League Supported That Has Been Signed Into Law
    • HB 1251 Requiring the secretary of state to submit an annual report of any security breaches of the state’s electoral systems. UPDATE: Passed the House and Senate and signed by the Governor into law. Goes into effect June 11, 2020.
    Bills the League Supported That Did Not Pass
    • HB 1821 Requiring standardized postelection audit reports. County auditors would need to include information such as the races audited, any discrepancies found, and the voting systems audited. Uniform reporting of audit results would allow for increased public confidence in election outcomes and election security statewide. 
    • HB 2111 Concerning enhancing cybersecurity by eliminating the return of ballots by fax and email. This act addresses cybersecurity attacks and reduces vulnerability and the risk of election tampering. This is accomplished by eliminating email and fax submission of ballots. 
    • HB 2647/SB 6412 Requesting increased election security funding for local election officials, requiring improved chain of custody for voted ballots, eliminating email ballot return for military and overseas voters, and requiring all recounts be conducted manually. 
    • HB 2293 / SB 6285 Relating to exempting election security information from public records disclosure. 

    Bills the League Watched

    • HB 2437 Increasing voting accessibility and security by requiring surveys of voting centers prior to elections and more frequent reviews of policies and procedures related to accessibility.  Currently the bill allows for an “electronic voting portal” which raises cybersecurity concerns. 

    • HB 1861 Aims to improve ballot rejection rates by analyzing data and procedures from each county, and requiring the state auditor to audit counties with high rejection rates as compared to other counties. 

    • SB 6183  Relating to allowing service and overseas voters to use the common access card as a digital signature for proof of identity on certain election materials. 

      There are a number of other areas of Democracy that we are working on.  Please see Campaign Finance & Government EthicsCensus & Redistricting, and Elections. 

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