NASS Highlights State Election Preparations for the November 2016 General Election

For Immediate Release
November 4, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC -The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) is highlighting state election readiness for Election Day on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

As part of this process, eligible voters are encouraged to reach out to their election officials for information on what to expect on Election Day and how to be prepared to vote. Secretaries of State have been actively promoting resources available to assist voters, including state guidelines for reporting and responding to voting issues and irregularities, as well as sharing information on the reporting and certification of results.

“Election officials want to ensure a smooth and well-run voting process on Election Day, which includes efforts to protect the security and integrity of our election systems,” said NASS President Denise W. Merrill, Connecticut Secretary of the State. “The public has every right to ask questions about election laws and procedures, including safeguards to ensure a free and fair election.”

For Election Day news and updates: Visit the NASS Election Check web page 

Follow on Twitter: #ElectionCheck16

Additional Resources for Election Day

  • Voter Registration Deadlines & Polling Place Hours for November 2016
  • State Voter Hotlines
  • Early Voting Dates & Absentee Ballot Deadlines for November 2016
  • State Laws on Authorized Poll Watchers & Voter Challenges
  • State Laws on Electioneering Boundaries
  • Absentee Ballot Counting & State Canvassing Deadlines

Cyber Security and Election Day

States will continue to vigilantly monitor their election systems to protect and defend against cyber threats. As the nation's top national security experts have concluded, it would be extremely difficult to alter election outcomes due to our highly decentralized system and the multiple layers of protections in place. The lack of network connections between voting systems and prohibitions against connecting voting equipment to the Internet serve as built-in safeguards against systemic fraud. Intense scrutiny of results through canvassing, including audits, further protects the integrity of the process and the accuracy of results. Unauthorized access to, or manipulation of, information systems used in the voting process is against the law.

NASS support efforts heading into November 8th include:

  • Coordinating with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other federal partners, including the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, to provide voluntary guidance and best practices and share information on Election Day.
  • Promoting the availability of voluntary DHS resources, including cyber hygiene scans for Internet-facing components of the elections process, such as voter registration and election night reporting systems. Promoting additional options for states already utilizing such scans, including on-site risk assessments and reviews of existing cyber security measures. Secretaries of State are serving as part of a DHS Election Infrastructure Cybersecurity Working Group, created for sharing information and technical advice.

For more, visit the NASS Cybersecurity and Elections web page.



Founded in 1904, NASS is the oldest, nonpartisan professional organization of public officials in the U.S. Membership is open to the 50 states and all U.S. territories. NASS serves as a medium for the exchange of information between states and fosters cooperation in the development of public policy.


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