Posted on September 29, 2021 Election Protection Share: Newsweek recently published a new oped by FSFP Senior Advisor On Election Security Susan Greenhalgh and Professor J. Alex Halderman on how the Big Lie inhibits important reforms needed to better secure voting systems across the country. The oped underscores the fact that there is abundant evidence that confirms the fact that the 2020 election was fairly and accurately decided, and offers specific recommendations to improve transparency, security, and confidence in our election systems. The following is an excerpt from the new piece: Plenty has been written about how the Big Lie is corroding public trust and tearing at the fabric of our democracy. But in addition to these obvious harms, Trump’ insidious disinformation is also inhibiting legitimate and necessary election security reforms. Well before the 2020 election, bipartisan investigations from the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee documented significant weaknesses in U.S. voting equipment. These findings only confirmed what previous studies from state election officials and academic researchers revealed—voting machines are computers with inherent vulnerabilities and weak security protocols. Free Speech For People recently filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the federal agency tasked with voting system testing and certification, for improperly loosening voting system standards after holding private meetings with voting machine manufacturers. The organization continues to challenge the use of unauditable and unreliable voting machine systems through litigation. Read the entire piece here. Learn more about how we’re challenging the use of insecure voting systems here.