Bruce McConnell, a senior cybersecurity official with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will speak about Internet voting, cybersecurity and the threat of online attacks. McConnell's talk to a conference of election administrators and election integrity advocate comes as an estimated 3 million voters will be eligible to cast ballots online (via email, efax) in the national elections and more states pursue online voting platforms.
When: Thursday March 29, 9 AM Mountain Time
Where: Election Verification Network (EVN) Conference
Hotel Santa Fe
1501 Paseo de Paralta
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Who: Bruce McConnell
Senior Cybersecurity official
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
What: Mr. McConnell's remarks will form the keynote address at the Election Verification Conference. His speech will be open to the media at this typically closed and off-the-record meeting.
Why: There is great interest from election administrators, state legislators, online voting system vendors and voters themselves to develop platforms that will allow voters to cast ballots over the Internet, from a home computer or even a smartphone. Thirty-three states now permit military and overseas voters to send voted ballots over the the Internet. With cybercrime growing rapidly, what does voting over the Internet mean for our national security? Mr. McConnell will explore this important question.
Common Cause is a member of the Election Verification Network (www.electionverificaton.org), which is hosting this conference. EVN is a national network of experts, election officials, and advocates improving U.S. elections by making sure each ballot is counted accurately for fair results the public can verify.
Office: Common Cause National
Issues: Voting and Elections
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