What We're Reading

Democracy Under Attack: Confronting Mounting Threats to US Election Workers - Derrick Z. Jackson, The Equation, September 22, 2022

How could voting be affected in the US if election deniers win? - Madison Czopek and Amy Sherman, Poynter, September 22, 2022

Election officials confront waves of public records requests from Trump supporters - Gillian Flaccus, KAKE News, September 21, 2022

Conspiracy Theorists Want to Run America’s Elections. These Are the Candidates Standing in Their Way - Charlotte Alter, Time, September 21, 2022

'Election denier playbook': Trump supporters seeking state office raise fears of 2nd insurrection - Tom LoBianco, Yahoo! News, September 21, 2022

Far-right "constitutional sheriffs" now turn to hunting "fraud" in midterm elections - Areeba Shah, Salon, September 20, 2022

Behind the Campaign to Put Election Deniers in Charge of Elections - Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, September 20, 2022

With U.S. Democracy Under Attack, Women Election Officials Hold the Front Lines - Katie Usalis, Ms. Magazine, September 20, 2022

‘Guardians of Democracy’: Women Secretaries of State Defend Voting Rights and Election Security at the State Level - Ms. Magazine, September 20, 2022

Prominent election deniers are facing growing legal trouble - Tom Dreishbach, NPR, September 20, 2022

Voter challenges, records requests swamp election offices - Nicholas Riccardi, The Associated Press, September 16, 2022

Like democracy, election workers are under assault with many fearing for the future - Jon King, Michigan Advance, September 15, 2022

House members roll out bipartisan election bill aimed at preventing future coups - Scott Wong, NBC, September 14, 2022

Election chief on mounting threats to poll workers ahead of midterms - Nicole Sganga, CBS, September 14, 2022

What's at stake in Supreme Court battle over controversial legal theory about who controls elections - Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, September 14, 2022

Election deniers advanced to November ballots in 27 states, report finds - Adam Edelman, NBC News, September 14, 2022

MyPillow exec Lindell says FBI agents seized his cellphone - Michael Balsamo and Christina A. Cassidy, The Associated Press, September 14, 2022

Will election denialism become as common as presidential elections? - Merrill Matthews, The Hill, September 13, 2022

The Last Chance For Election Deniers To Win Primaries - Nathaniel Rakich and Anna Rothschild, FiveThirtyEight, September 13, 2022

Trump found the holes in our election laws. Congress is trying to patch them. - Ben Jacobs, Vox, September 13, 2022

Requests for info on 2020's election hinders local officials ahead of midterms - Karen Kasler, NPR, September 13, 2022

Top election security official warns of election workforce problems: 1 in 3 have left posts - Ines Kagubare, The Hill, September 13, 2022

Congress may force election deniers to get a lot more creative - Ben Jacobs, Vox, September 13, 2022

Expect ‘Fluidity’ From Threat Actors Ahead of The Midterm Elections - Lindsey O’Donnell-Welch, Decipher, September 12, 2022

CISA election security chief warns of the impact of threats to poll workers - CBS News, September 12, 2022

Two Americas Index: Democracy deniers - David Nather and Margaret Talev, Axios, September 12, 2022

Social media firms are prepping for the midterms. Experts say it may not be enough - Shannon Bond, NPR, September 12, 2022

An ex-professor spreads election myths across the U.S., one town at a time - Annie Gowen, Anchorage Daily News, September 12, 2022

Debunking false claims a difficult battle for election offices nationwide - Ali Swenson and Julie Carr Smyth, PBS, September 11, 2022

The Big Grift Behind the Big Lie - Reveal, September 10, 2022

‘Lightyears Ahead’: CISA Compares Election Security Now to 2016 - Cate Burgan, MeriTalk, September 9, 2022

Republican Nominees In 40 States Think The 2020 Election Was Stolen. Here’s Why That Matters. -  Nathaniel Rakich and Sophia Lebowitz, FiveThirtyEight, September 9, 2022

How Simple Claims of Election Interference Can be Enough to Prompt Real-World Threats -  Edward Graham, Nextgov. September 9, 2022

The threat of political violence looms over this election - Joe St. George, 2 News Oklahoma, September 9, 2022

‘Absolutely terrifying prospect’: How the midterms could weaken U.S. election security - Eric Geller, Politico, September 9, 2022

Election officials preparing for worst-case scenarios: Violence around the midterms - Areeba Shah, Salon, September 9, 2022

Ross: Fair elections need ‘heroic underlings’ - Dave Ross, KIRO News Radio, September 8, 2022

A publisher abruptly recalled the '2,000 Mules' election denial book. NPR got a copy. - Tom Dreisbach, NPR, September 8, 2022

The midterm elections need workers. Teens, veterans and lawyers are stepping up - Hansi Lo Wang, NPR, September 7, 2022

More Than 1 In 2 Americans Will Have An Election Denier On The Ballot This Fall - FiveThirtyEight, September 7, 2022

Election deniers on ballot: What does this mean for democracy? - Peter Grier and Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, September 7, 2022

Most Americans see Trump's MAGA as threat to democracy: Reuters/Ipsos poll - Jason Lange, Reuters, September 7, 2022

More than a third of Republicans on ballots in November support Donald Trump's false stolen-election claims: report - Nicole Gaudiano, Insider, September 7, 2022

Cameras, Plexiglass, Fireproofing: Election Officials Beef Up Security - Neil Vigdor, The New York Times, September 6, 2022

America should honor our election workers this Labor Day - Chicago Sun Times, September 5, 2022

Violence and disruptions biggest threats to U.S. election - Michigan official - Ted Hesson, Reuters, September 4, 2022

US election conspiracies find fertile ground in conferences - Margery A. Beck and Christina A. Cassidy, The Associated Press, September 4, 2022

Protect election workers - David Levine and Grace Gordon, The Dallas Morning News, September 2, 2022

Election Officials Have Been Largely Successful in Deterring Cyber Threats, CISA Official Says - Edward Graham, Next Gov, September 2, 2022

Why U.S. Elections Are Vulnerable and What to Do About It -  John Medearis, Capital & Main, September 2, 2022

Americans continue to feel U.S. democracy is under threat — CBS News poll - Anthony Salvanto, CBS, September 1, 2022

1A Remaking America: The Poll Watchers Primed With Disinformation - NPR, September 1, 2022

Alarm grows as more election workers leave their posts ahead of Election Day - Fredreka Schouten, CNN Politics, September 1, 2022

YouTube More Likely to Direct Election-Fraud Videos to Users Already Skeptical about 2020 Election’s Legitimacy - New York University, September 1, 2022

Google, YouTube outline plans for the US midterm elections - Lauren Forristal, Tech Crunch, September 1, 2022

With 10 weeks until midterms, election deniers are hampering some election preparations - Soo Rin Kim, Laura Romero, Patrick Linehan, and Kate Holland, ABC, August 30, 2022

Americans are starting to get it: we can’t let Trump – or Trumpism – back in office - Austin Sarat and Dennis Aftergut, The Guardian, August 30, 2022

‘The US could lose the right to vote’: top official’s democracy warning - Lauren Gambino, The Guardian, August 29, 2022

Coming elections 'most consequential' in our history - William Kolbe, Andover Townsman, August 29, 2022

When an election denier becomes an election chief - Zach Montellaro, Politico, August 29, 2022

‘Evolving and deepening’ antidemocratic threats could ignite election chaos, officials and experts warn - Alex Woodward, Independent, August 28, 2022

Election Security Changes Since 2020 - Stephanie Liebergen, AOL, August 28, 2022

'I dread 2024': America's local election officials are being pushed to their limits - Kenneth Tran, USA Today, August 28, 2022

President Biden targets ‘MAGA’ Republicans, calls them a ‘threat to democracy' - Tucson.com, August 26, 2022

The ‘Big Lie’ messengers who carry a badge and gun - Jessica Pishko, AZ Mirror, August 26, 2022

How Polling Places Can Prepare for Potential Election-Season Violence - Jennifer Hesterman, Homeland Security Today, August 25, 2022

How election-denying GOP governors could tilt the 2024 presidential election - Kira Lerner, New Jersey Monitor, August 25, 2022

ABA calls on legal professionals to 'step up' and serve as poll workers in upcoming 2022 elections - Amanda Robert, ABA Journal, August 24, 2022

A Democracy Crisis In The Making: August 2022 Edition - States United Democracy Center, August 24, 2022

The Big Lie Messengers Who Carry a Badge and Gun - Jessica Pishko, Bolts, August 24, 2022

Readout of Justice Department Officials’ Remarks to National Association of Election Officials - News release from the U.S. Department of Justice, August 23, 2022

The threat of election deniers - Shia Kapos, Politico, August 23, 2022

Election Deniers Go Door-to-Door to Confront Voters After Losses - Ryan Teague Beckwith, Bloomberg, August 23, 2022

GUEST COLUMN: Stand up for democracy; be a poll worker - Virginia Chau, The Denver Gazette, August 23, 2022

Making Participatory Budgeting Work: Experiences on the Front Lines - Zachary Roth, Brennan Center, August 23, 2022

New breed of video sites thrives on misinformation and hate - Andrew R.C. Marshall and Joseph Tanfani, Reuters, August 22, 2022

Candidates who deny the 2020 presidential election results are winning races - NPR, August 22, 2022

CISA Hosts Election Security Exercise Ahead of 2022 Midterm Elections - Edward Graham, Nextgov, August 22, 2022

‘People have gotten sucked into a lot of lies’: Experts say elections are secure, even as Republicans make baseless claims to the contrary - Colin Tiernan, The Spokesman-Review, August 21, 2022

Pro-Trump wins in blue states threaten GOP hopes in November - Susan Haigh, The Sun, August 20, 2022

States Are Bracing for Social Media-Enabled Election Violence - Elizabeth L. T. Moore, Bloomberg, August 19, 2022 

Election deniers win some, lose some - Mary Turck, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, August 19, 2022

Democracy’s Frontline Domestic Defenders - Spenser Mestel, Democracy Journal, August 18, 2022

Big Tech braces for "big lie" in 2022 midterms - Sarah Fischer, Axios, August 18, 2022

Nonprofit recruiting 100K veterans to be 2022 election workers nationwide - Jessica A. Botelho, NBC Montanta, August 17, 2022

TikTok launches an in-app US midterms Elections Center, shares plan to fight misinformation - Sarah Perez and Taylor Hatmaker, Tech Crunch, August 17, 2022

Rightwing sheriffs’ groups ramp up drives to monitor US midterm elections - Peter Stone, The Guardian, August 17, 2022

Stop Calling Anti-Democratic Candidates 'Election Deniers' - Jack Holmes, Esquire, August 15, 2022

‘Hackers against conspiracies’: Cyber sleuths take aim at election disinformation - Maggie Miller, Politico, August 15, 2022

Social media posts about election fraud still prevalent, study finds - Cristiano Lima, Spokesman, August 14, 2022

Assessing threats of political violence and rising extremism on the far-right - PBS, August 12, 2022

Cybersecurity threats to elections are increasing: Experts - Emma Wulfhorst, Fox61, August 12, 2022

This conservative group helped push a disputed election theory - Hansi Lo Wang, NPR, August 12, 2022

Misinformation ‘Harms Nearly Every Element of Election Administration,’ Committee Report Finds - Edward Graham, Nextgov, August 12, 2022

House committee holds virtual roundtable with election officials on impact of election lies - Doug Cunningham, UPI, August 11, 2022

Election lies pose physical threat to US poll workers, House report warns - Victoria Bekiempis, The Guardian, August 11, 2022

From The Grassroots To The Top Of The Ticket, Election Denial Looms Large in GOP - NPR, August 10, 2022

Sheriff accused of pressuring candidates to drop races - The Associated Press, August 10, 2022

Disinformation and the safety of election officials must be addressed, ABA House says - Amanda Robert, ABA Journal, August 8, 2022

How election deniers are campaigning to control voting in four critical states - Kira Lerner, Albany Herald, August 6, 2022

What would happen if a state official refused to certify an election? - Amber Phillips, The Washington Post, August 5, 2022

FACT FOCUS: Why final election results take days, not hours - Ali Swenson and Josh Kelety, The Associated Press, August 5, 2022

Poll: 41% of people in U.S. feel safe at polling places - Shawna Chen, Axios, August 5, 2022

'Alarming': Nearly 1/3 in US Worry About Violence, Intimidation at Polls - Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, August 4, 2022

Election deniers rack up wins, fueling concerns in both parties - Julia Manchester, The Hill, August 4, 2022

Several new election reform bills introduced ahead of 2022 midterm elections - Maxx Silvan and Paige Mellerio, National Association of Counties, August 4, 2022

Justice Department details threats against election workers - Marina Villeneuve, The Associated Press, August 3, 2022

FBI lacks full picture of reported threats to election officials, congressional testimony says -  Sean Lyngaas, Hannah Rabinowitz, and Tierney Sneed, CNN, August 3, 2022

Election workers "in the crossfire" of fraud rhetoric, secretaries of state say - Herb Scribner, Axios, August 3, 2022

Election deniers are running to control voting. Here's how they've fared so far - Miles Parks, NPR, August 3, 2022

How election deniers are campaigning to control voting in four critical states - Kira Lerner, Georgia Recorder, August 3, 2022

Information Gaps and Misinformation in the 2022 Elections - Mekela Panditharatne, Ruby Edlin, Rory Smith, Keenan Chen, and Shaydanay Urbani, Brennan Center for Justice, August 2, 2022

Readout of Election Threats Task Force Briefing with Election Officials and Workers - Department of Justice, August 1, 2022

Top election official races feature deniers of 2020 results - Bob Christie, The Associated Press, August 1, 2022

State officials scramble to respond as election skepticism goes hyper-local -  Fredreka Schouten, CNN, August 1, 2022

Toward a Resilient Electoral Process: Retaining Poll Workers, Fighting Misinformation - Lisa Ryckman, NCSL, August 1, 2022

These are the election deniers on the ballot in Tuesday's primaries - Eric Bradner, CNN, August 1, 2022

How the movement to undermine election results is spreading in the US - Sam Levine, The Guardian, July 29, 2022

1A Remaking America: Election Disinformation Goes Grassroots - NPR, July 28, 2022

Bipartisan group asks DOJ to further protect election workers - Richard Perrins, Fulcrum, July 26, 2022

Misinformation is eroding the public’s confidence in democracy - Gabriel R. Sanchez, Keesha Middlemass, and Aila Rodriguez, Brookings, July 26, 2022

Inside the remote California county where the far right took over: ‘Civility went out the window’ - Dani Anguiano, The Guardian, July 23, 2022

Conspiracy-promoting sheriffs claim vast election authority - John Hanna and Christina A. Cassidy, The Associated Press, July 22, 2022

Election Officials Under Attack - Brennan Center for Justice and Bipartisan Policy Center report on attacks against election officials and a plan to protect them.

Examining the U.S. Capitol Attack - a Review of the Security, Planning and Response Failures on January 6 - U.S. Senate bipartisan committee staff report released June 8 2021

California's Little Hoover Commission releases new report, California Election Infrastructure: Making a Good System Better (April 2021)

Election Integrity Partnership Releases Final Report on Mis- and Disinformation in 2020 U.S. Election (March 2, 2021)

Covering elections showed me California votes were secure - by Lewis Griswold, CalMatters

States that provide notice and opportunity to cure signature defect after election day and Voting Rights Litigation 2020 Summary - research and charts from the Brennan Center for Justice 

Improving California's Vote-by-Mail Process by Reducing Ballot Rejection: A Three-County Study - CVF's new report on findings from our study on ballot rejection, published September 2020. 

Problems and Promise:  Assessing Los Angeles County's New Voting System Rollout in the March 2020 Primary Election, with 36 Recommendations for Improvement, by Kiyana Asemenafar, California Common Cause, July 2020 

What went wrong in LA County on March 3rd? Stories in the Los Angeles Times and Politico detail the post-election investigation and report from the Registrar's office while Courthouse News Service looks into the review conducted by an outside agency, a summary of which was released on June 19th.  

Georgia Was A Mess. Here’s What Else We Know About The June 9 Elections.

By Nathaniel Rakich and Geoffrey Skelley, FiveThirtyEight, June 10, 2020

Recount costs soar as county begins tracking down Long Beach ballots

Long Beach Post reporter Jason Ruiz reports on the extraordinary high costs voters seeking a recount of a Long Beach measure face in Los Angeles County's new vote center voting system. 

Coronavirus May Disrupt the 2020 Election. We Need a Plan
Quarantines and fear could decimate voter turnout. Congress needs to fund mail-in ballots nationwide now.

By Jon Stokes, Wired Magazine, February 24, 2020

Is LA County Heading For A Confusing March 3 Primary? Voters Face This Gauntlet Of Changes

By Libby Denkman, KPCC/LAist, February 13, 2020

Data Suggests Many Counties Lag on Website Encryption

By Ben Miller, Government Technology, February 6, 2020

State OKs LA County's New Voting Machines — With A Whole Lot Of Caveats

By Libby Denkmann, KPCC Radio/LAist

Can Voters Detect Malicious Manipulation of Ballot Marking Devices?

Academic paper by the University of Michigan's Alex Halderman, Matthew Bernard et al, published January 2020

Just How Regulated Are Our Nation’s Elections?

By Hadley Hitson, Fortune Magazine

As 2020 Approaches, Some Experienced Election Officials Head To The Exits

By Pam Fessler, National Public Radio 

The Way America Votes Is Broken. In One Rural County, a Nonprofit Showed a Way Forward.

By ProPublica's Jessica Huseman

Election Security Isn't That Hard

Politico op-ed co-authored by former California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, who was responsible for ushering in voter-verifeid paper audit trails in California, explains how states can secure their voting systems with paper ballots, chain of custody requirements and post-election audits. 

OC Supervisors Back Off Uncertified Voting Machine Vendor

Voice of OC reports on how Orange County supervisors backed off efforts to pick a lower-ranked, uncertified vendor for voting and ballot counting machines in next year’s high-stakes elections

Is a Widely Adopted New Voting System Ready for 2020?

Steven Rosenfeld with Independent Media Institute takes a close look at ES&S' Express Vote ballot marking device.

Inside the DEF Con hacker conference's election security Voting Village

Axios takes an in-depth look at election security's biggest event.

Feds don't regulate election equipment, so states are on their own

Pew's Stateline reports on the limited role the federal government plays in ensuring our elections are secure and whether states and voting equipment vendors are effective in filling in the gap.

Software vendor may have opened a gap for hackers in 2016 swing state

Kim Zetter reports for Politico on how a Florida election software company targeted by Russians in 2016 inadvertently opened a potential pathway for hackers...

...to tamper with voter records in North Carolina on the eve of the presidential election.

The vote-by-phone tech trend is scaring the life out of security experts

The Los Angeles Times' Evan Halper examines the latest attempt to roll out Internet voting, through mobile devices, which security experts are loudly warning against. 

Is California's new voting system a success? We may not know until 2020

The Los Angeles Times' John Myers takes a look at the Voter's Choice Act, a new approach to voting that some California counties adopted in 2018, with more to follow in 2020. 

Meet The Lawyer Arguing Against Partisan Gerrymandering Before the Supreme Court

Johnny Kauffman reports for NPR's All Things Considered on Emmet Jopling Bondurant II, the lawyer arguing before the Supreme Court against partisan redistricting, 

Goodbye Electoral College? Popular vote movement gaining steam

Veteran reporter Steven Rosenfeld writes in Salon about the movement to enact the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.  

The Designation of Election Systems as Critical Infrastructure 

This January 2019 two-page report from the Congressional Research Service summarizes why the US Government designated elections as Critical Infrastructure and discusses why some election officials were initially resistant to this designation. 

Election officials said DMV wasn’t ready to launch Motor Voter. California went ahead anyway

By Bryan Anderson, McClatchy News/Modesto Bee, January 31, 2019

As California prepared to launch its new Motor Voter program last year, top elections officials say they asked Secretary of State Alex Padilla to hold off on the roll-out.

Voting Issues and Gerrymanders Are Now Key Political Battlegrounds

by Trip Gabriel, New York Times, January 2, 2019

Voting rights and partisan gerrymandering, traditionally the preoccupation of wonky party strategists and good-government groups, have become major flash points in the debate about the integrity of American elections, signaling high stakes battles over voter suppression and politically engineered districts ahead of the 2020 presidential race.

Most Voters Have Positive Views of Their Midterm Voting Experiences
After record high turnout, most nonvoters wish they had voted

Post-election voter survey findings released 12/17/18 from the Pew Research Center 

National Popular Vote - Answering Myths

From the book Every Vote Equal, proponents of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact respond to common questions about their proposal to ensure the Presidential candidate who wins the most popular votes nationwide is declared the winner. 

Post-election odds & ends 

Column by R.V. Scheide describing his experience receiving a notice from his county clerk informing him he needed to provide a new signature so his ballot would get counted. "So. Not the Deep State. Just a local government agency doing its job. That truly is a relief."

It Could Take Weeks to Find Out If Democrats Won the House

California and other key states take a very long time to count votes
By Daniel Costa-Roberts, Mother Jones Magazine, October 30, 2018
If you’ve been nervously counting down the days until the November 6 election, we’ve got some bad news for you: You might have to wait quite a bit longer before you know who will control the House. 

The Crisis of Election Security

New York Times Magazine
By Kim Zetter, September 26, 2018
As the midterms approach, America's electronic voting systems are more vulnerable than ever. Why isn't anyone trying to fix them?

In seconds, we faked our way into a political campaign, got unsecured voter data

Data analytics firm says this is normal: "It's the way that campaigns are run." 
By Cyrus Farivar,  Ars Technica,  June 5, 2018