Organizer: University of Southern California — Election Cybersecurity Initiative
Because of the COVID-19 virus, we are facing unprecedented changes to our election landscape. Cybersecurity is more important than ever, and we now have to view it through a different lens. At our virtual workshop, we will be discussing primary date changes, direct mail voting, facts you need to know and best practices for cyber safety. Campaigns, policymakers, thought-leaders and concerned citizens alike need objective, factual tools and information to help them secure campaigns and elections. The USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative is a brand new non-partisan independent project, supported by Google, to help protect campaigns and elections from cyber attacks.
Join us for a virtual workshop, designed to help protect campaigns and elections in this critical election year. Information for joining the call will be emailed to you 24-48 hours in advance of the workshop.
Six states still require voters to provide an excuse not related to the Covid-19 pandemic in order to get a mail-in ballot this year. A judge decided to keep Indiana on that list Friday while a pair of states took action to make voting easier in 2020.
Virginia has waived the witness signature requirement and New York has made improvements to its absentee ballot verification system. In Missouri, meanwhile, a new legal battle over ballot access is just beginning.
Here are the details:
- A win and two new lawsuits in fight to ease absentee voting - The ... ›
- Missouri develops complex rules for easing absentee voting - The ... ›
- New Jersey, Kentucky expand mail-in voting; Indiana does not ›
- Anyone can vote by mail in New York this fall - The Fulcrum ›
All New Yorkers will be able to vote by mail in the fall if they want. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Thursday permitting voters to point to the coronavirus pandemic as a reason for seeking an absentee ballot.
The fourth most populous state normally requires people to choose from a narrow set of impediments to getting to a polling place, such as being sick or out of town. It now joins nine states that have simply suspended those rules for the year — or, as in New York's case, expanded the definition of "illness" to cover concern about voting in person due to Covid-19.
That leaves only six states, all of them Republican bulwarks, that are still keeping their tight excuse rules for the presidential election: Texas, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee.
- Upstate NY election resolved with discovery of lost ballots - The ... ›
- Fact check: Paterson election plagued with election fraud - The ... ›
- Groups sue New York to fix absentee ballot verification - The Fulcrum ›
- N.Y. absentee rules are unfair to the blind, federal complaint says ›
- Voting easements made in Va. & N.Y., but stopped in Ind. - The Fulcrum ›
- Six rulings affect voting by mail across the country - The Fulcrum ›
Fowler is on the communications staff of the New York City Campaign Finance Board, but the views here are his own.
- Revival of Voting Rights Act takes first step in Congress - The Fulcrum ›
- Every state should enact its own voting rights law - The Fulcrum ›
- 11 states that would be impacted by a new Voting Rights Act - The ... ›