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The following letter was sent to members of the Ohio House of Representatives regarding House Bill 560 and concerns about provisions that would permit internet voting.

On May 13, 2020, AAAS Caribbean, Puerto Rican Minds in Action, the Puerto Rico Science Policy Action Network, Ciencia Puerto Rico, and the American Civil Liberties Union Puerto Rico held the Science and Public Policy Discussion: Implications and Risks of Internet Voting in the Puerto Rico Election Reform Act 2020.

All internet voting systems and technologies — including email and mobile voting apps — are currently inherently insecure. There is no technical evidence that any internet voting technology is safe or can be made so in the foreseeable future; all research to date demonstrates the opposite.

Cybersecurity experts and leading computer organizations reached out to the nation’s governors and secretaries of state on Thursday urging them to exclude use of internet voting platforms and mobile app systems that scientific evidence has verified carry vulnerabilities, security dangers and threaten voting integrity in the United States.

The nation’s leading experts in cybersecurity, computing, and science called on Governors, Secretaries of State and State Election Directors to refrain from allowing the use of any internet voting or voting app system in U.S. elections. An open letter prepared by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues and endorsed by leading organizations and experts in cybersecurity and computing highlights two decades of rigorous, science-based analysis which clearly demonstrates that internet voting is not a secure solution for voting in the U.S., nor will it be in the foreseeable future.

Letter from AAAS EPI Center and leading experts in cybersecurity and computing warns of the insecurity of online voting, internet voting and voting apps, sent April 9, 2020. 

The secretaries of state of Michigan and Alabama joined election security experts to warn members of Congress that much more must be done to secure American elections by 2020. They appeared before the Congressional House committee that oversees federal elections on May 8 to discuss how to combat foreign interference; aging and insecure voting machines, particularly paperless machines; and the need for post-election audits.