The Election Security Drills States Need to Be Doing Right Now

August 19, 2020


It’s crunch time for state and local government officials tasked with administering and securing the general election on Nov. 3. As the campaign season has heated up, so have election cybersecurity concerns, including the recent warning from the U.S. intelligence community that Russia, China and Iran will all try to meddle in the presidential election.

State and local election officials have been preparing for years for the 2020 election, but the coronavirus pandemic has significantly disrupted those efforts. State budgets have been considerably dented due to the pandemic, more aid for election security from Congress may not be forthcoming and states are expected to see a massive surge in mail-in voting relative to past elections.