Safeguard the Vote, CS’s Avi Rubin, The Hub

October 13, 2020

Nov. 3, 2020, is going to test the machinery of our elections as they’ve never been tested before. We are conducting an experiment with our voting process for the most high-stakes election of our time—in the midst of a pandemic. This is a perfect storm.

In the past, security experts have worried about weaknesses in the infrastructure of American elections: potential compromises of voting machines, electronic poll books of registered voters, communications from polls to central tallying sites. We’ve worried about voter suppression in many forms. We’ve worried about foreign meddling, which came to pass in 2016. All these concerns are still real for the 2020 election, but now we’re facing new challenges on top of them.

With COVID-19 risks prompting many to look for alternatives to in-person voting, our concerns have shifted to mail-in ballots, which many voters will be using for the first time this year. Although mail-in voting is much less prone to fraud than electronic systems, the abrupt transition to a new system isn’t ideal, and there are increased risks of facilitating vote selling and voter coercion.

Read more at The Hub.

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