VII. Tech Thursday
National Tech: The Technical Guidelines Development Committee of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission approved a new set of voluntary guidelines for elections systems this week. The draft calls for an audit trail for electronic votes, data interoperability among voting systems, logging of user access for election tools and limits on who gets access and under what circumstances. On the hardware side, the guidelines look to tighten up physical security by making sure any attempt to tamper with voting gear leaves physical evidence. The guidelines also call for data protection. While it doesn't require encryption per se, the guidelines call for all cryptographic algorithms to be, "public, well-vetted, and standardized."
Arizona: Arizona Secretary of State Michelle Reagan has introduced a new tool on the state’s voter website that provides real-time data on voter registration totals. “No longer do people have to wait for each quarterly report to better understand the number of voters in Arizona,” Reagan said
Delaware: Delaware has sent out a request for bids to replace the state’s 1,600 voting machines, originally purchased in 1996. “We’ve never had a problem with these machines," State Elections Commissioner Elaine Manlove told Delaware Public Radio. "They are not connected to the internet, so I’m not at all concerned about hacking - never have been. Technology has changed. We’ve had these machines for, I think, 21 years so it’s just time. Technology has changed.” Manlove anticipates the new machines being in place for the 2020 presidential election.
Virginia: The Virginia State Board of Elections has voted to replace all touchscreen voting machines with paper ballot-based systems before the state’s upcoming gubernatorial election in November. The board voted unanimously to replace the DRE machines in the 22 localities that still use them. Seven of the 22 are already in the process of replacing their touchscreen machines and three said they “intend” to get new machines. The move will affect about 190,000 of the state’s 5 million voters. The localities will be forced to pay for the new equipment.