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.
2018 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 will use funds from the 2018 Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grant to help strengthen its election infrastructure.
Funds will be 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 Security (CIS) will assist by providing information about best practices and security standards. The Department will also secure a project team that will draft a security and continuity of operations plan, as well as help manage program costs. 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 2018 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/
City of Fairfax Post-Election, Risk-Limiting Audit Pilot
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. An introduction to RLAs and a brief overview of the results of a pilot audit conducted in coordination with the City of Fairfax registrar’s office was presented to the State Board of the Elections on August 15, 2018.
The purpose of the City of Fairfax RLA pilot was to establish a feasible post-election audit process that can be repeated in other localities. The full results of the audit pilot will be presented in a comprehensive written report to the State Board of Elections on September 20, 2018.