In 2016, the Center for American Progress, a left-wing organization linked to the Biden administration, published a recently unearthed article outlining methods to secure US elections.
The authors, Danielle Root and Liz Kennedy, detail nine points: Require voter-verified paper ballots or records for every vote cast, replace old voting machines, and conduct robust post-election audits to confirm election outcomes. The first and last are ongoing demands coming mainly from Republicans, although they face scrutiny from the left.
The list continues:
- Update and secure outdated voter registration systems and e-poll books
- Require minimum cybersecurity standards for voter registration systems and other pieces of voting infrastructure
- Perform mandatory pre-election testing on all voting machines
Concerns regarding the hack-ability of election software predated the 2020 election. The last points include: expand threat information sharing, elevate coordination between states and federal agencies on election security, and provide federal funding for updating election infrastructure.
The article goes on to suggest, “U.S. election systems are not equipped to handle sophisticated cyberattacks and other interference. Even in the absence of a malicious campaign, the negative consequences of this vulnerability to the strength and resiliency of U.S. democracy and government are steep.”