SF93 Help America Vote Act & cyber security info session MN Senate meeting

Technology touches everything we do – learn, earn, stay healthy, entertain ourselves and vote. Tonight we are listening to the importance of increasing security for voting. The state realized there were attempts in 2016 to compromise our elections. They were unsuccessful but we were one of 21 states with issues. (Two states were compromised.) We were able with the help of the Democracy Fund and Microsoft to secure voting for the 2018 elections. But now we need to work for a long term solution.

We have had a Task Force. We have been working with various vendors. Next step will be a proof of concept – to test run any potential solution. We need to know funding is available before we go too far with that.

Now there is a bill (SF93) looking for almost $7 million to improve the security of the elections.

Here are the handouts:
The committee recessed at 2:40 pm, and reconvened at pm.
S.F. 93
Help America Vote Act transfers and appropriations.

And notes from the session – but to following along with the video I might look at the detailed EAC Letter (PDF) above:

  • We will also look at issues surrounding RFP, which could take a couple of months. But there may be a vendor that already has a contract with the state.
  • Can’t we borrow from other states? Or do we need a unique application? There are some similarities and some differences.
  • Several state have funded a position (cyber navigator) to help counties and local governments work on their local security.
  • What’s really important here is that we have a holistic solution that is more than catching intruders but prevention and greater knowledge of our systems is important.

Testifiers: Sen Howe

  • I ran for Sec of State because MN hasn’t done a good job with elections
  • We need to make sure that ineligible people can’t vote (and eligible people can)
  • Also there should be greater access to voter datasets
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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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