Rhode Island Receives High Marks for Elections Security

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island is among 10 states receiving the highest grade for elections security in a new report published today by the Center for American Progress. The report, Elections Security in all 50 States – Defending America’s Elections, graded states on a number of indicators including security of voter registration systems, voter-verified paper ballots, and voting machine certification requirements.

Rhode Island received a “B”, the highest grade given to any state. The Center for American Progress touted Rhode Island as “leading the states in election security, receiving ‘good’ scores for the three most important categories due to its statewide use of paper ballots, its adherence to minimum cybersecurity best practices, and its new risk limiting audit law.”

“Since entering office, I have made it a priority to increase access to the ballot-box while ensuring the integrity of every vote. I am proud of the improvements we’ve made in modernizing our elections infrastructure, but also know that cybersecurity is not a destination,” said Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea. “We must always strive to do better for voters because the single act of casting a ballot is fundamental to our democracy and fundamental to making government accountable to the people it serves.”

The report is available online at: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/democracy/reports/2018/02/12/446336/election-security-50-states/.

A state by state comparison is available online at: https://cdn.americanprogress.org/content/uploads/2018/02/11130702/020118_ElectionSecurity-report1.pdf#page=31 .