In Indiana, we take great care to prepare for each election. The security of our election systems is of the utmost importance, and in addition, to physical and cyber security, information is a powerful defense. In partnership with counties, other states, and the federal government, we are developing new answers to security concerns and election policy. Some of the tools and precautions being taken in Indiana to ensure secure voting include:
Hosted by Ball State University, this program tests all of the election equipment used in Indiana for an added layer of safety and security. After VSTOP reviews the system to ensure its compliance with the law, their recommendation is presented to the bi-partisan Indiana Election Commission, the body responsible for certifying voting systems for use in Indiana.
An independent entity that partners with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, this allows us access to 24/7 security information, threat notifications, and security advisories.
The Federal Government has conducted risk and vulnerability testing to secure Indiana’s electronic information such as the Statewide Voter Registration System and the state election website.
The Statewide Voter Registration System is used by the state and the counties to maintain voter registration list. We are investing in security at all levels by implementing validation requirements to ensure only authorized users can access the system.
These systems monitor internet traffic accessing websites and databases.
State law establishes physical security standards for election equipment. Many county election boards adopt customized security resolutions above and beyond what is required by law.
It’s also important to know that no piece of Indiana’s voting equipment is online. The machines and tabulators are not connected to the internet. Public tests of voting systems are conducted in all counties prior to an election, and are open to the public. If you would like to attend, contact your county administrators for times and locations.
We take the security of our elections process very seriously and are working diligently to ensure that every available defense is utilized. Indiana has taken many steps to secure our elections, but let’s be clear: there will always be new recommendations, new technology, and new best practices where cybersecurity is concerned. The way we administer elections must continue to evolve, because this is a race without a finish line. We are fully committed to ensuring that we continue to move forward, using every tool at our disposal to maintain safe and secure voting for all Hoosiers.
Call 1-866-IN-1-VOTE (1-866-461-8683) or email [email protected]