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William & Mary hosts election law symposium
Symposium features war game simulating election security dispute

By Anna McMullen '18;
Rebecca Green and Amy McDowell, Election Law Program Co-Directors; and
Reiko Dogu, ELP Program Manager

On April 12, the William & Mary Election Law Program hosted a unique symposium aimed at expanding understanding of the role of courts in promoting election security. The symposium focused specifically on the critical infrastructure designation pursuant to the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2014.

Following opening remarks by Symposium student Co-Chairs Camden Kelliher ’21 and Alexis Dalton ’20, the event kicked off with a war game simulating an election security dispute in the fictional state of “Flichigan.” The law of Flichigan combined the Virginia election code with provisions from the Michigan state constitution as the basis for the exercise.

In the fictional scenario, Flichigan experienced a hack of its voter registration database in Flichigan’s most populous county, Bayne County. The hack occurred several weeks prior to Flichigan’s U.S. Senate primary elections in August 2018.

The hacker changed registration information of roughly one hundred Flichigan voters, resulting in mass confusion at Bayne County polling places on the day of the primary. Bayne County election officials worked to efficiently resolve the matter by issuing provisional ballots and engaging in an audit process following the primary to ensure an accurate count. The winning candidate won in a landslide. Read more…

Feb 17, 2011

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Colorado: November ballots go through the mail

Guam: Lawmakers ponder possibility of repealing early voting

Hawaii: Instant runoff voting gains traction in Hawaii

Indiana: Grand jury probing vote by White  |  No charges filed in ballot probe

Kansas: Election commissioner forming study committee for voting places

Louisiana: Rep. Walker Hines plans to run for secretary of state

Maine: Bill would require voters to show ID at polls  |  Lawmakers considering bill that would require change in election rules

Maryland: Counties ask for more early voting sites

Nebraska: Vote by mail election gets an 'aye'

New Mexico: Committee vote on voter ID bill postponed  |  Voter ID bill unlikely to pass  |  Feds halt purge of 60K voters

New York: Villages prefer reliable older lever voting machines  |  Croton voters asked to move elections to November

North Carolina: Requiring voter ID: Good or bad for democracy?  |  Opponents speak out against voter ID  |  FSU students lobby against voter ID

Oklahoma: Bill's passage would help military voters

South Carolina: 1,127 voters not counted in Richland in November

Tennessee: Rutherford County elections administrator steps down  |  Walker resigns from post as administrator of elections  | County receives bill for election commission audit

Texas: Commissioners introduce new elections administrator

Virginia: Judge's ruling expands access to Virginian's voting records

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