On Monday, June 1, at 3:00 p.m., the House Homeland Security Committee will hold a videoconference on election security and integrity during a pandemic. The committee will hear testimony from Wendy Weiser, the vice president of the Brennan Center for Justice, and LaShawn Warren, the executive vice president of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
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The failure to secure digital election systems would be a glaring concern in any election year. COVID-19 will only exacerbate these issues.
On April 30, a Senate subcommittee held a roundtable discussion by videoconference on the viability and constitutionality of conducting Senate votes and other proceedings remotely.
As the House considers establishing alternatives to in-person voting during the pandemic, it must also provide confidence that a representative’s vote has not been hacked or compromised.
Many policy recommendations have been offered to help election officials adequately prepare for the challenge of planning elections during the COVID-19 pandemic. Knowing what not to do is an equally important part of election contingency planning.
Among the many things affected by COVID-19 is the electoral process. European leaders are struggling with scheduled local, regional, parliamentary, and presidential elections.
The coronavirus could generate an enormous shift toward voting by mail in the 2020 general election—magnifying the risk of political chaos if the seeming “winner” on election night turns out to have lost a week or more later.
The COVID-19 pandemic will fundamentally change the 2020 election. How can the U.S. protect the election while ensuring public health?
Rather than waiting on Congress, states can use unspent funds for cybersecurity.