State and Local Actions for Improving Election Security

A woman holds her young son as she fills out a ballot, November 2017.

At a time when our elections are being threatened by foreign interference, all levels of government have a role to play in improving election security. State and local leaders are on the front lines of this new battle in the fight to defend our democracy. Here are 10 steps that mayors and state legislators can take to strengthen election security preparedness; move funding to invest in election infrastructure; improve public education about cybersecurity threats and solutions; and increase public faith in elections.

Danielle Root is the voting rights manager at the Center for American Progress. Liz Kennedy is the senior director of Democracy and Government Reform at the Center. Michael Sozan is a senior fellow at the Center. Jerry Parshall is the manager of State and Local Government Affairs at the Center.