March 01, 2018

The ABCs and 123s of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines

By Clifford Tatum

Recent concerns related to the protection of voting systems from cyber threats and technical manipulation are well documented. Threats of system manipulation by technical computer experts and warnings of cyber intrusion by nation-states demand that system manufacturers and operators take additional steps to protect the voting systems. Early recommendations for the protections of and assurances that voting systems are performing as designed were introduced in the first generation of voting system standards that established a set of reliable technical standards for the security, accuracy, and accessibility of voting systems. The continuous development of these voting system standards is intended to increase the security and reliability of voting systems and to spur innovation in the development of new systems that further ensure security and accessibility for years to come.

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