Election Security in 50 States: Defending America’s Elections

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In 2016, Russia sought to breach the U.S. elections, including attempting to hack into many states’ election systems. Fourteen months later, despite many states taking proactive measures, U.S. election infrastructure remains vulnerable to attacks. Without leadership from this administration to defend America’s elections from attacks by sophisticated enemies who want to undermine our democratic process, the necessary funding and resources to protect future elections have not been forthcoming. Despite bipartisan efforts in Congress to bolster election security and provide needed funding, legislation remains blocked.

The Center for American Progress is releasing a report on election security preparedness in all 50 states, assigning grades to each state. CAP’s research and report card are designed to identify and provide information on strengths and shortcomings in each state’s election security preparedness. A better understanding of how each state can improve its election security preparedness can help build urgency for appropriate solutions and arm stakeholders with information to demand increased security measures.

Please join CAP for a discussion about best practices and the vulnerabilities in election infrastructure that threaten to undermine America’s free and fair elections—the cornerstone of our self-government. We will feature major figures on the front lines of this important national security issue.

Introductory remarks:
Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress

Keynote remarks:
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

Part I: Armchair discussion:
Jeh Johnson, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security

Moderated by:
Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress

Part II: Panel discussion:
Judd Choate, Director of Elections, State of Colorado
Edgardo Cortes, former Commissioner of Elections, Commonwealth of Virginia
Jamil Jaffer, Founder, National Security Institute, George Mason University Law School

Moderated by:
Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Center for American Progress

Location

Center For American Progress, H Street Northwest, Washington, DC, United States

Additional information

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.

Accessibility:

Closed-captioned-enabled video will be posted following the conclusion of the event.
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