The following is a statement from Verified Voting in support of specific measures in the Freedom to Vote Act that were passed in March 2021 by the House of Representatives. For additional media inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
PHILADELPHIA (January 12, 2022) — Verified Voting urges the Senate to pass specific measures in the Freedom to Vote Act that will support election officials, safeguard our elections infrastructure and give voters justified confidence in election outcomes.
“Our elections are woefully underfunded and in need of federal legislation to strengthen election security, support election officials and increase public confidence in elections. Voter-verified paper ballots and post-election audits are needed to protect elections and help ensure that votes are counted as cast. Common-sense election security measures are urgently needed to protect our elections from both the threat of cyberattacks and baseless claims of fraud,” said Mark Lindeman, a national expert in post-election audits and director at Verified Voting.
- Verified Voting specifically supports federal legislation that would include the following measures:
- Paper ballots that all voters can verify as a trustworthy record of votes cast in an election, which can be used to check the election outcome, and if needed, conduct a full hand recount;
- Post-election audit requirements that verify reported election outcomes or trigger a hand recount;
- Broad federal material and technical support for replacing and securing voting systems and election infrastructure – and explicitly treating electronic poll books as part of voting systems; and
- Increased protection for election workers from intimidation and coercion.
Federal voting legislation like the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act include many of these measures and were passed in the House but have unfortunately stalled in the Senate. Verified Voting looks forward to continuing to work with members of Congress to support safe, secure and fair federal elections.