Are you worried about the “insider threat” in the upcoming midterm elections?
Threats and security challenges from inside the election system itself are on the rise. States including Colorado, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Ohio have seen attempted and successful election breaches that are aided by local officials. Secretaries of State raise concerns about the possibility of a domino effect. If one county manages to undermine their election, copycats in other counties might be inspired to use those same tactics.
In some cases, local officials carry out malicious, intentional attempts to breach elections. Other times, however, officials are unintentionally aiding breach attempts. Yet these cases do not represent the majority of election officials, most of whom seek to and are successful in maintaining election integrity. Counties have been seeing dramatic turnover among local officials and senior staff, which raises concern of a “brain drain” that may worsen the problem of intentional and unintentional insider threats. Secretaries of State stress the importance of pre- and post-election testing and audits for election security. Further, secretaries are collaborating with state and federal agencies to repel election threats, both physical and in cyberspace.