US Ballot Systems Security

On August 3, 2016, US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson proposed designating the electronic ballot-casting system for the elections as “critical infrastructure,” which would provide State elections with streamlined access to classified threat information sharing, opportunities for added training, etc. Source


Predictably, Republicans objected to the DHS proposal as a “federal power grab,” and publicly downplayed any risk of election-related cyber attacks. Source The proposal was implemented about a month after the election. Source