The integrity of our voting system is important to all of us.

Americans deserve to feel confident that our votes are accurately counted and protected from sophisticated cyber attacks. We must ensure the fairness, accuracy, and security that befits our democracy. That’s why Common Cause is working to push solutions that protect our elections from foreign and domestic hacking and ensure votes are counted as cast.

The most effective solutions to improve the integrity of our elections are often simple and commonsense. They include:

  • Retire old and outdated voting machines, upgrade the technology we use, and move towards employing paper ballots in every state.
  • Require risk-limiting, post-election audits of ballots to confirm that reported election results are accurate.
  • Ensure paper back-ups of our voter registration databases and electronic voter rolls.
  • Eliminate the use of online voting. Ballots cast by email or through an internet portal are vulnerable to hacking.

We are working with election officials and administrators at the national, state, and local levels to implement these commonsense solutions to safeguard our elections.

We know that protecting our democracy is not a partisan issue — when a foreign government or anyone else tries to influence our elections, it weakens all of our votes and voices. The American people deserve answers and real solutions to secure our elections moving forward.

The Secret Ballot at Risk: Recommendations for Protecting Democracy

Common Cause's 2016 report explores how casting a secret ballot may be at risk.

Why voting systems must be as secure as the U.S. power grid

Common Cause and Verified Voting layout common-sense solutions to safeguard our elections in an op-ed in Reuters.

As Hackers Target U.S. Voting Machines, We Need Leaders Who’ll Put Country Over Party

Common Cause President Karen Hobert Flynn lays out the need for new election integrity solutions an op-ed in Just Security.

Securing the Nation’s Voting Machines: A Toolkit for Advocates and Election Officials

This toolkit, created jointly by the Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, the National Election Defense Coalition, and Verified Voting, is meant as a roadmap for advocates and election officials nationwide as local jurisdictions consider purchasing new voting machines.

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