Election Day tests voters, voting systems amid election lies
Democrats and their allies in the media have portrayed the 2014 midterm elections as a battle between President Barack Obama and Congressional Republicans.
As the elections get closer, so do media narratives.
But in reality, it’s a struggle between the nation’s two biggest political parties for control of the House and the Senate.
The 2014 election cycle has been marked by some particularly divisive issues, such as Obamacare, gun rights, and tax increases.
And this year’s election is set to test the nation’s voter-verified paper trails – the most reliable way to ensure a correct count of the vote.
When it comes to the voting system itself, a wide variety of options are on the table for early voting in the fall, including direct mail and Internet voting systems.
It’s also a major opportunity for new, high-speed paperless voting systems, which can be easily used for elections nationwide.
While some states already offer direct mail and Internet voting systems, the systems can be difficult to set up, and the equipment can be costly.
And with so many new voting technology options, it makes perfect sense to take election security very seriously.
“When it comes to election security, it’s more important than ever that we take everything we’ve learned in recent years and use it in a very informed way going forward,” said Richard Pildes, vice president for voting technology at the Pew Research Center.
“It may seem like a simple thing to say, but if we don’t do it right, nothing else can keep us safe,” he added. “This is the year to do it.”
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission is the federal agency responsible for administering the U.S. Election Day – and now just over a year later, the agency is facing an uphill battle.
In a new report, the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) says that a failure to properly secure U.S. elections could reduce public trust in the system by as much as 12 percent.
EAC chairwoman Jane Holl Lute said that since the commission formed nearly two years ago, its staff has been focused on election security across the country.
The commission, created under the Help America Vote Act passed in 2002, was not created to