"Voting security experts are thrilled that Rhode Island will begin implementing sophisticated audits to check the results of its elections. The legislation, which Gov. Gina Raimondo signed last week, “is a critical step toward securing elections and acknowledging that computerized machines are not infallible and election interference from a foreign actor is no longer theoretical""
"State election officials, worried about the integrity of their voting systems, are pressing to make them more secure ahead of next year’s midterm elections....
...Colorado and Rhode Island will now verify election results via an advanced statistical procedure called a risk-limiting audit."
"...experts have reason to be optimistic: Colorado is gearing up for the country’s first statewide election supplemented with a risk-limiting audit (RLA), an American Statistical Association-endorsed technique considered to be the gold standard of election verification by many experts."
A panel was put together by the Atlantic Council think tank including the DEFCON founder, NSA, council on internet security, and cybersecurity experts with the goal of putting together recommendations for election security.
The need for mandatory manual post-election audits along with paper ballots as a way to improve election security was mentioned by both J. Alex Haldermann and panelist Harri Hursti.
You can watch the full video here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?435437-1/def-con-hacking-report-warns-voting-machines-vulnerability
" “Post-election audits are the best safeguard to making sure that votes are being counted as cast,” said Representative Edith Ajello (D-Providence), the House sponsor. “My community saw a simple administrative error almost turn into an incorrect election result,” added Senate sponsor, Senator James Sheehan (D-North Kingstown), “and this legislation will help assure voters that a system is in place to catch and correct future problems.”
The audits will begin as soon as September 2018. Rhode Island becomes the 32nd state to require post-election audits, and only the second state to require risk-limiting audits. "
Link to the legislation: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText17/HouseText17/H5704.pdf
The PAPER Act, introduced by Representative Mark Meadows of NC on September 12th, directs the development of best practices for protecting the integrity of federal elections and requires the study of post-election audits for all federal elections.
"“(B) prior to the certification of the results of any election for Federal office, appropriate election officials conduct a manual audit of a random sample of the paper records of the votes cast in the election, as described in subparagraph (A), that provides high statistical confidence in the results of the election."
RFP 18-02 Elections Modernization Project
The Office of the Secretary of State is looking for a vendor to develop a new voter registration and election management system. Proposals are due November 1st, 2017.
From the RFP:
"Although currently stable and secure, Washington’s system is over ten years old and needs to be modernized in order to meet the challenges that we face today. Our current system challenges include... "
For full details: https://www.sos.wa.gov/_assets/office/rfp-18-02.pdf
The ClearVote website doesn't mention the use of their system to perform post-election audits or risk-limiting audits. We have requested further details from ClearVote.
This op-ed article from October 2016 mentions that the ClearVote system does not use paper ballots in its post-election audit, but instead relies on the digital scans.
Pierce County is also using ClearVote.
Colorado on Monday said it will become the first state to regularly conduct a sophisticated post-election audit that cybersecurity experts have long called necessary for ensuring hackers aren't meddling with vote tallies....