Election security is critical, but why does the “Tech Capital of the World” (California), do so poorly?

March 17, 2018

Washington, D.C.

Just LAST MONTH, the Center for American Progress (CAP) released a new study on election security in all 50 states. Unfortunately, California… the “Tech Capital of the World” earned a mediocre grade of “C.”

The job of the Secretary of State is to make sure our elections are functioning properly and the CAP study shows that something is VERY wrong. The study evaluated election security including cybersecurity, after-election recounts/audits, voting machine certification, and more.

LINK TO STUDY —> Read the assessment here <—LINK TO STUDY

The study noted that states receiving a grade of C “have SIGNIFICANT VULNERABILITIES that leave them susceptible to HACKING and infiltration by sophisticated nation-states.” Of course, vulnerabilities are a concern no matter who may be attempting to access our voting systems.

The assessments of ballot accounting and reconciliation and paper absentee ballots as “Unsatisfactory” are particularly concerning.  Even areas where California received a grade of “Fair,” big corporate election software makes regular audits nearly impossible to verify.

I’m running for California Secretary of State because I believe that we can do better, and that in fact, we MUST do better if we want to protect our democracy from all attacks, whether foreign or domestic. By ensuring that we have paper ballots, full precinct-level audits, and PUBLICLY-OWNED/OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE, we can improve the security and transparency of our elections and restore the trust of the public.

Ruben Major
Secretary of State Candidate
“Running with Ruben for Major Change”