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COMMITTEE ON THE FUTURE OF VOTING: ACCESSIBLE, RELIABLE, VERIFIABLE TECHNOLOGY
Voting Report CoverDuring the 2016 presidential election, America’s election infrastructure was targeted by actors sponsored by the Russian government. Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy examines the challenges arising out of the 2016 federal election, assesses current technology and standards for voting, and recommends steps that the federal government, state and local governments, election administrators, and vendors of voting technology should take to improve the security of election infrastructure. In doing so, the report provides a vision of voting that is more secure, accessible, reliable, and verifiable.

Project Scope

An ad hoc committee under the auspices of the Committee on Science, Technology and Law and the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board will conduct a study that will: (1) document the current state of play in terms of technology, standards, and resources for voting technologies; (2) examine challenges arising out of the 2016 federal election; (3) evaluate advances in technology currently (and soon to be) available that may improve voting; and (4) offer recommendations that provide a vision of voting that is easier, accessible, reliable, and verifiable.  The committee will issue a report at the conclusion of the study.

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This website contains unedited verbatim presentations made by meeting participants and is not an official report of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Opinions and statements included in this material are solely those of the individual authors. They have not been verified as accurate, nor do they necessarily represent the views of other participants, the committee, or the National Academies.

Report Release Public Briefing
September 6, 2018
Washington DC

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Sixth Meeting
June 20, 2018
New York, NY

This meeting was closed in its entirety.

  Project Information  

PROJECT SCOPE
MEETINGS AND EVENTS
REPORTS
MEMBERS
SPONSORS

PROJECT STAFF

Anne-Marie Mazza, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Committee on Science, Technology, and Law
Phone: 202-334-2469
E-mail:
amazza@nas.edu

Jon Eisenberg, Ph.D.
Director, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board
Phone: 202-334-2689
E-mail: jeisenbe@nas.edu

Steven Kendall, Ph.D.
Program Officer, Committee on Science, Technology, and Law
Phone: 202-334-1713
E-mail: skendall@nas.edu

Karolina Konarzewska
Program Coordinator, Committee on Science, Technology, and Law


Fifth Meeting
February 21, 2018
Washington, DC

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Presentations

*Connie Lawson, "Remarks for National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine Committee on the Future of Voting"

Fourth Meeting
December 7-8, 2017
Denver, CO

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Presentations

*Kenneth Bennett and Monica Flores, "Voting Solutions for All People: Creating the Voting Experience of the Future:
*Jennifer Morrell, Hilary Hall, and Amber McReynolds, "The Colorado Model"
"Robert M. Stein, "Election Day Vote Centers"
*Edward Perez, "Bob Dylan Was Right: The Times They Are a-Changin'"
*Joe Kiniry, "Statement to the NASEM Committee on the Future of Voting"
*Neal McBurnett, "Risk-Limiting Audits: Lessons Learned"
*Hilary Rudy, "2017 Risk-limiting Audit"
*Tim Mattice, "National Academies Presentation"
*Kathleen Hale, "The Election Workforce: Education, Training, Professionalization"
*Doug Chapin, "The University of Minnesota's Certificate in Election Administration"

Third Meeting
October 18-19, 2017
Washington, DC

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View Webcast of October 18 morning sessions:

1) National Security and National Elections

Speaker:

General Michael Hayden, Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency

2) Update from U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Cyber Attacks During the 2016 Election and Critical Infrastructure Policy

Speaker:

Robert Kolasky, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

3) Cybersecurity Attacks: Understanding Attacks, Threats, and Policy Options

Speakers:

Matthew Blaze, University of Pennsylvania
Susan Hennessey, Brookings Institution
David Fidler, Indiana University

Presentations

*David Fidler, "Policy Dimensions of Strengthening Election Cybersecurity"
*Jonathan Brill, "Presentation to the Committee on the Future of Voting"
*Jackie Harris, "The Future of Voting"
*John Schmitt, "Remote Access Vote By Mail: Empowering Voters to Vote Remotely, Independently, and in Private"
*James Simons, "Everyone Counts"
*Shane Hamlin, "Electronic Registration Information Center"

Second Meeting
June 12-13, 2017
New York City, NY

Agenda

Presentations

*Alexander Schwarzmann, "Elections, Technology,and the Pursuit of Integrity"
*Douglas A. Kellner, "Principles of Election Administration"
*Merle King, "Rapidly Evolving Election Technologies: Incentives and Barriers to Innovation"
*Lawrence Norden, "America's Voting Machines at Risk"
*Lisa Schur, "Disability, Voter Turnout, and Polling Place Accessibility"
*Diane Golden, "Voting Accessibility: The Devolution of Voting Technology"
*Whitney Quesenbery, "Defects by Design: Ballots That Fool Voters"

First Meeting
April 4-5, 2017
Washington, DC 

Agenda

Presentations

*Thad Hall, "The U.S. Election Process"
*Brian Newby and Jessica Myers, "Overview of Voting Technologies"
*Geoffrey Hale, "DHS Cybersecurity: Election Infrastructure as Critical Infrastructure"
*David Stafford, "National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on the Future of Voting"
*Matthew Masterson, "NASEM Committee Meeting"
 

Reports

Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy, was released at a public briefing on September 6, 2018. 

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Read Report Highlights
Read Report Highlights for Federal Policymakers

Committee Members

Co-chairs:

Lee C. Bollinger    
President   
Columbia University 

Michael A. McRobbie   
President   
Indiana University  

Members:

Andrew W. Appel
Eugene Higgins Professor of Computer Science
Princeton University

Josh Benaloh
Senior Cryptographer
Microsoft Corporation

Karen Cook (NAS)
Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology; Director of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS); and Vice-Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity  
Stanford University

Dana DeBeauvoir
Travis County Clerk
County of Travis, TX

Moon Duchin
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Director, Program in Science, Technology, & Society
Tufts University

Juan E. Gilbert
Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and Chair of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Department
University of Florida

Susan L. Graham (NAE)
Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor
Computer Science Division
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences   
University of California, Berkeley

Neal Kelley
Registrar of Voters and Chief of Elections
County of Orange, CA

Kevin J. Kennedy
Director and General Counsel (retired)
Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

Nathaniel Persily
James B. McClatchy Professor of Law
Stanford University

Ronald Rivest (NAS/NAE)
Institute Professor  
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Charles Stewart III
Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sponsors

This study was supported with grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and with funds from National Academy of Sciences’ W. K. Kellogg Foundation Fund and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Presidents’ Circle Fund.