FSFP Senior Advisor on Election Security Susan Greenhalgh was recently featured in a new Politico article highlighting cybersecurity concerns in an ongoing debate about wireless networking hardware in voting machines. The article references the federal Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG 2.0), which was recently amended by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission behind closed doors to permit the inclusion of hardware capable of connecting voting machines to public networks, including the Internet.

“The EAC is trying to make these changes out of sight of the public and Congress, to avoid accountability,” said Greenhalgh.

Free Speech For People and a coalition of more than 20 computer science, cybersecurity, and election experts recently sent a letter to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, warning of the serious security dangers of permitting devices capable of connecting election systems to the Internet in federally certified voting systems. Free Speech For People also sent a letter to the EAC raising questions about the legality of the EAC’s actions to amend the guidelines outside of the process specified in the Help America Vote Act of 2002.

Read the full piece in Politico here.

Read our coalition letter to the EAC here.

Read our legal process letter here.

Here is a link to Free Speech For People’s statement responding to the EAC memo on VVSG 2.0