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June 25, 2024

Running Secure Elections with Confidence: Ensuring Physical Safety for Election Personnel

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So much focus in the past several years has been on security in elections. The potential of cybersecurity attacks shutting down sectors of government helped to stimulate the elections community to closely scrutinize the routines, procedures and equipment utilized by election officials. Election officials have since participated in a wide array of trainings and exercises on these topics to help prevent and respond to physical threats and cyberattacks. Rising to the challenge of “even more to do,” election officials steadfastly implemented new policies, new priorities and new equipment to ensure secure elections. This paper addresses the need for election officials to develop a plan to protect themselves and their staff.