The Bipartisan Alliance to Secure Elections (BASE) is a national network of citizens, organizations, lawmakers, computer scientists and elections officials, uniting across party lines to achieve urgently needed election reforms.
Our network was successful in its advocacy to Congress in securing $380 million in the bipartisan March, 2018 Omnibus funding bill for replacement of insecure, outdated voting technology. Now state elections officials must use this funding to upgrade and secure their infrastructure.
Top cybersecurity experts continue to warn that electronic voting infrastructure across the United States is fundamentally insecure, leaving us vulnerable to cyberattacks in 2018, 2020 and beyond. Worse, such digital vote rigging can remain entirely undetected, particularly where no paper ballots are used to audit voting machine counts.
This crisis impacts all Americans, across regions and political parties. Risks to the infrastructure of our democracy can come from North Korea, Iran, Russia or China. Our computerized voting systems are equally vulnerable to rogue domestic hackers and corrupt elections insiders.
We support states’ prerogatives to run their own elections with federal support for security and technology standards. As more than 100 leading elections and cybersecurity experts argued in a Letter to Congress in 2017, there’s a prudent role for federal standards to:
End the use of paperless Touchscreen voting machines and reestablish voter-verified paper ballots as the official record of voter intent.
Safeguard against internet-related security vulnerabilities and assure the ability to detect attacks.
Require robust post-election hand-count audits before certification of final election results.
This website offers resources and action toolkits for organizations, coalitions and concerned citizens who care about the security of our ballots.