Ensuring Secure Elections in the Age of AI

In an effort toward strengthening the U.S. democratic process, the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD) at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) has released the “AI Security Elections Handbook.” The report, directed specifically election officials, explores the connection between artificial Intelligence (AI) and the election system, presenting insights and strategies to defend the integrity of elections in the United States. As the 2024 presidential election approaches, a set of new technological challenges and vulnerabilities surface, particularly in the context of political and electoral disinformation.

The report lists many recommendations in the following categories to help improve resilience to AI-related threats ahead of November 2024: Incorporating AI risks into training and election planning, doubling down on cybersecurity, and leveraging AI and new technologies for responsible use.

ASD asserts that foreign and domestic adversaries will likely attempt to undermine the integrity of the 2024 presidential election, as they did in 2020. The widespread availability of AI tools will only enhance these capabilities. Therefore, it is crucial that election officials have the necessary tools, personnel, and resources to combat AI threats for this upcoming election, and all future elections.

The ASD AI Security Elections Handbook hopes to provide stakeholders and officials with the knowledge necessary to navigate evolving technologies, and to empower society to ensure the fairness and security of elections.

For more information, check out HSDL’s In Focus topics on Election Security, Artificial Intelligence, and Threats to Election Workers.

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