Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has hired Jeff Franklin as the chief cybersecurity officer, Pate announced on Thursday morning. Franklin has served as the State of Iowa’s Chief Information Security Officer for the past 10 years. In his new role, Franklin will lead efforts to protect Iowa’s elections in 2020 and beyond, the office […]

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate was elected president of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) during the organization’s summer conference, after winning the NASS IDEAS Award for the election cybersecurity initiative, “Partnerships Pay Dividends: A Roadmap to Election Cybersecurity”. Secretary Pate will serve as the NASS President through July 2020.

Microsoft is releasing an open-source software development kit called ElectionGuard that will use encryption techniques to let voters know when their vote is counted ahead of the 2020 election cycle, reports Iowa Public Radio. ElectionGuard will allow officials and third parties to verify election results to make sure there was no interference with the results. Voters […]

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s campaign is working with an unnamed hologram company to begin remotely campaigning as a 3-D hologram as early as June, Yang told the Carroll Daily Times Herald. Yang, a New York businessman known for advocating a universal income policy, said he would continue scheduling in-person stops but that the campaign […]

An election cybersecurity initiative by the office of the Secretary of State is one of three finalists for the National Association of Secretaries of State’s 2019 IDEAS Award, Secretary of State Paul Pate announced this week. The initiative organized a collaboration between auditors and information technology staff of all 99 Iowa counties, several state agencies […]

Nearly 140 West Virginian citizens living abroad in 29 countries cast their ballots via blockchain on Tuesday, the largest pilot test of blockchain voting ever, reports the Washington Post. Yet, security experts still worry the technology contains vulnerabilities that will risk election integrity in the case of broader use.   IN OTHER NEWS: Microsoft visionair […]

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate has been reappointed to a national cybersecurity risk mitigation committee, Pate’s office announced today. Secretary Pate was a charter member of the Election Infrastructure Subsector Government Coordinating Council (EIS-GCC) during the council’s creation in October 2017. The council meets regularly with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the […]