Cybersecurity: Ensuring the Integrity of the Ballot Box

Subcommittee on Information Technology
Subcommittee on Information Technology
Hearing Date: September 28, 2016 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB


  • To understand the scope and scale of cyber threats to the U.S. election system.
  • To discuss efforts underway at all levels of government to secure elections systems against possible cyber threats.


  • Elections are administered on a state-by-state and often county-by-county basis.
  • The U.S. Election Assistance Commission is an independent, bipartisan commission that develops guidance to meet requirements set by the Help America Vote Act, adopts voluntary voting system guidelines, and distributes information on election administration.
  • The Department of Homeland Security is considering designating the electronic voting system for November’s election as “critical infrastructure.”



Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Dr. Andy Ozment Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications U.S. Department of Homeland Security Document
Commissioner Thomas Hicks Chairman U.S. Election Assistance Commission Document
The Honorable Brian P. Kemp Secretary of State State of Georgia Document
Dr. Andrew W. Appel Eugene Higgins Professor of Computer Science Princeton University Document
Mr. Lawrence Norden Deputy Director, Democracy Program Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law Document