Complex Elections: Making Voting More Robust and Trustworthy / The Struggle over Voting Methods in the United States

Bigger, William, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Norton, Peter, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
Orebaugh, Angela, University of Virginia

In America’s decentralized election system, voters demand convenient, fast, and auditable elections. Many Americans distrust their electoral process. In Virginia, Chesterfield County’s General Registrar employed interns under the state’s Cyber Navigator Program to draft an incident response plan to comply with the state’s Locality Election Security Standard. Election offices must navigate the court system, state law, and county services. Policy and infrastructure recommendations were proposed to Chesterfield County’s General Registrar to better comply with incident response standards and integrate with other county functions. To earn and retain public trust, U.S. elections authorities must respond to competing pressures within strict legal and resource constraints. Elections lie in a contested liminal space between public authorities and divergent private pressures, making reform contentious. A better understanding of the forces influencing confidence in elections may serve efforts to improve public trust in them.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Voting, Elections, Cybersecurity
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