ABSTRACT

Election Security: DHS Plans Are Urgently Needed to Address Identified Challenges Before the 2020 Elections, Report to Congressional Committees   [open pdf - 4MB]

From the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Highlights: "In January 2017, the Secretary of Homeland Security designated election infrastructure as a critical infrastructure subsector. The designation allowed DHS to prioritize assistance to state and local election officials to protect key election assets, including voter registration databases and voting equipment. [...] This report addresses (1) DHS's election security efforts and selected election officials' perspectives on them, and (2) DHS's planning for the 2020 elections. GAO reviewed DHS's strategies, plans, and services provided to election officials. GAO also interviewed DHS officials, representatives of the EI-ISAC [Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center], a DHS-funded center responsible for sharing threat information nationwide, and election officials from eight states and three local jurisdictions. GAO selected the states and local jurisdictions to provide geographic diversity and variation in election administration, among other factors. The results from these states and localities are not generalizable, but provide insight into election officials' perspectives on DHS's efforts."

Report Number:
GAO-20-267
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Date:
2020-02
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Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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