Security, accuracy, transparency, and accessibility in elections are core priorities for ACET.
These priorities reflect the council’s values and motivate its work.
Protecting voting systems from cyber and physical threats is critical to the integrity of elections. ACET champions election technologies developed and deployed to exacting security standards. These technologies employ a multi-layered approach to security and data protection. This approach includes stringent access controls, multi-factor authentication, advanced encryption, audit logs, and other tools.
Election technologies meet standards set by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). All election technologies certified by the EAC have satisfied strict federal security requirements through extensive testing and inspection by federally accredited, independent labs. Equipment providers also follow security frameworks and guidelines from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST).
Election integrity and voter confidence are central to a strong democracy. ACET endorses securely storing voter registration data, precisely recording voters’ selections, and reliably verifying the integrity of election night reporting.
Exhaustively tested, federal- and state-certified election technologies leverage well-established cyber and physical security measures to ensure accurate election results. To help candidates, voters, and officials confirm accuracy, these technologies facilitate voter verification, post-election audits, and recounts.
Trust in election outcomes is vital in a democracy and transparency builds trust. ACET supports technologies that provide transparency to election officials, candidates, and voters.
Before voting technologies are put into the field, technology providers deliver their equipment to federally accredited, independent labs, which painstakingly examine features, code, and manufacturers’ documentation to ensure adherence to federal standards.
Further, election technologies enable user-friendly ballot design and allow voters to examine their selections on paper before officially casting them. During audits and recounts, election technologies afford opportunities for officials, candidates, and voters to compare electronic counts against paper ballot counts.
All voters have a right to take part in our American tradition of selecting their representatives. ACET believes federally certified election technologies support a non-discriminatory voting process where all Americans can cast their votes privately and independently–regardless of physical ability, language skill, or technology experience.