The Virginia Department of Elections has remained vigilant concerning the potential threats against our election infrastructure, and continues to work with our local, state, and federal partners to ensure the safety and security of our electoral process. State officials are involved in the MS-ISAC pilot project. The Department of Homeland Security and the Virginia Information Technologies Agency continues to provide various cyber services to our department, and any identified issues will be addressed appropriately.
Pursuant to Va. Code §24.2-671.1, the Department of Elections is required to coordinate an annual post- election risk-limiting audit (RLA) of ballot scanner machines used in the Commonwealth of Virginia. More information can be found here.
Help America Vote Act (HAVA) Grant
The Virginia Department of Elections is making investments that will provide a more sustainable approach to improving election security in the Commonwealth. Virginia is using funds from the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grant to help strengthen its election infrastructure.
Funds have been used for initiatives such as increasing cyber security training, increasing security for elections data, and establishing more robust certification standards for voting equipment. Agencies such as the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) and the Center for Internet Secuirty (CIS) have been assisted by providing information about best practices and security standards. The Department also secured a project team that put into place a security and continuity of operations plan, and helped to manage program costs.
In 2020, Budget Bill - HB30 (Item I) (https://budget.lis.virginia.gov/item/2020/1/HB30/Chapter/1/86/) has provided that federal awards from the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) under P.L. 116-93 be used to replace the Virginia Election and Registration Information System (VERIS) by July 1, 2022.
Election security is always evolving, so the Department will remain vigilant and flexible with these funds to address new and emerging threats.
These initiatives support the Department's continued efforts to work with local, state, and federal partners to ensure the safety and security of our electoral process.
For more information regarding 2020 HAVA election security funds please visit the U.S. Election Assistance Commission's website https://www.eac.gov/payments-and-grants/hava-funds-state-chart-view/.
- Video series on Election Security in Virginia from Virginia Public Media (VPM)
- Mythbusters: Separating election fact from fiction
- Election Security Preparedness - Elections Assistance Commission
- Electronic Pollbook Certification Standard
- Voting System Certification Standard
- Standards for Absentee Ballot Drop off Locations