Elections

Intelligence community creates executive role to lead U.S. election security efforts

People lined up to vote
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The Director of National Intelligence announced the creation of a new DNI executive position focused specifically on election threats. The new position will be led by Shelby Pierson, who previously served as DNI election security crisis manager during the 2018 midterm elections.

From the announcement:

The ETE will serve as the DNI’s principal adviser on threats to elections and matters related to election security. Additionally, the ETE will coordinate and integrate all election security activities, initiatives, and programs across the IC and synchronize intelligence efforts in support of the broader U.S. government.

“Election security is an enduring challenge and a top priority for the IC,” said ODNI Director Daniel R. Coats. “In order to build on our successful approach to the 2018 elections, the IC must properly align its resources to bring the strongest level of support to this critical issue.

Read more: Director of National Intelligence Daniel R. Coats Establishes Intelligence Community Election Threats Executive

Getting out the vote

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Photo: White House

Make sure you’re registered to vote.

I’ve been reviewing the voting and elections tech ecosystem and wanted to share a few that will help you verify that you’re actually registered and, if not, make it easy to do so.

VOTE.org is a non-profit organization that provides voter registration resources and helps you register, as does vote.gov, which is managed by the U.S. federal government.

VotePlz incorporates gamification to encourage people to compete on recruiting others to check their registration and register (click the last link in this post and help me win). VotePlz is managed by Circus Center “a non-profit organization dedicated to the public benefit through arts education, public leadership, and civic engagement.”

HelloVote gives voter registration instructions via a series of text messages and will register you instantly in states that have online voter registration. HelloVote is managed by the nonprofit Fight for the Future and ensures personal data privacy.

For developers who want to build voting and election applications, see the Google Civic Information API and the Voting Information Project. See also We Vote USA, a “non-partisan team of dedicated volunteers dedicated to building software that educates and encourages voters.”

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