Langevin Statement on CISA’s Electronic Voting Guidelines

May 9, 2020 Issues: Cybersecurity, Vote

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement on the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) electronic voting guidelines:

“The COVID-19 crisis and social distancing policies have created unique challenges for states and local governments in administering elections. As states consider alternatives to in-person voting, however, they must keep in mind the security risks posed by voting online or by app. I’m pleased to see the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s risk assessment and guidance on electronic voting methods, which can help states implement secure voting practices. However, as I told the Acting Secretary last evening, I urge CISA to make the guidance public so that voters around the country have a better understanding of what is at risk.

“As experts have stated unequivocally over the years, Internet voting is not secure. The guidance echoes this assessment, making clear that electronic ballot return, as opposed to mailing returns, risks compromising the integrity of our voting process. I urge states to heed CISA’s guidance and put into place only low-risk remote voting options, which may involve electronic ballot delivery, and even then, only when necessary. Our intelligence community has warned that malicious state actors such as Russia are trying to interfere in our elections, and we must heed the recommendations of the experts at CISA to bolster our systems.

“The right to vote is fundamental to our society, and we must continue to expand access to the ballot box in these difficult times, including for vulnerable populations and people with disabilities. But we must do so in a way that preserves the integrity of our elections, and online voting poses far too high a risk of compromise.”