Appalachian State University
Department of Computer Science and Department of Government and Justice Studies
Contact: Dr. Ray Russell
October 21, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Event Announcement: Election Security Forum
Date: November 1, 2019
Time: 3-5 PM
Place: Gordon Gathering Hall, Reich College of Education Building
Appalachian State University, 151 College St., Boone, NC
Public confidence in voting systems across the United States is vital for American democracy. During the past 20 years, the country faces increasing concerns about cybersecurity and possible attempts by hostile nations, criminals, and political partisans to tamper with elections results. Ninety-nine percent of votes cast in 2020 will be counted either by the computerized voting machines on which the voters cast their ballots or by paper ballot scanners (which are computers).
Governments at the federal, state, and local levels have invested much to make these systems secure, including a recent allocation from the Federal Government of $250 million. In the past three months, controversy over aging election equipment and the North Carolina State Board of Elections’ certification of new voting equipment and replacement of aging equipment has made the news.
How secure is our elections system? What are the real risks to the nation’s election infrastructure? What is the most secure equipment? What steps are being taken that will give us confidence about election security?
These and other questions will be the topic of an Election Security Forum held on Nov. 1, 2019, from 3-5 PM at the Gordon Gathering Hall, Reich College of Education Building, 151 College St., Boone. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Government and Justice Studies.
Three distinguished experts will participate in the Forum:
The two-hour Election Security Forum will include statements from these three experts followed by a Question-and-Answer session moderated by Dr. Ray Russell, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Appalachian State University and House Representative for the 93rd District (Ashe and Watauga Counties).
All of the Appalachian State University community (students, faculty, and staff) and the general public are invited to attend this lively, important, and timely discussion.