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BREAKING HUGE: Florida Election Systems Are Certified Based on Security Standards and Protocols from 2005

Florida is using outdated security standards to certify their elections.  

This would never happen in the corporate world but it is almost certainly happening across the country in certifying elections. 

The Florida Republican Assembly reports that the security standards used in Florida elections are antiquated and not applicable to today’s systems.  Can you imagine certifying an iPhone based on 2005 standards?

The Florida Republican Assembly shares:

It has come to our attention that the Florida Secretary of State uses obsolete security standards and protocols dating from 2005 to certify elections.  Since 2005, technology has greatly changed, and there have been systemic and pervasive threats and occurrences of cyber-attacks and system breaches in government and private industry.  The Florida Secretary of State has not addressed these dangers, and not even acknowledged the major cyber security threats to our election systems, continuing to rely upon obsolete security standards. 

FRA has investigated cyber security threats to election systems and consulted with Clay Parikh, one of the most well-qualified experts in the United States on the subject of election systems cyber security and who was involved in testing 7 different election system vendors over the 9 years he worked at federally recognized testing facilities. Three major vulnerabilities of relying upon the 2005 standards are 1) the pervasive use of wireless technology is now ubiquitous and the 2005 standards do not address it; 2) the supply chain of components of election technology is almost wholly outside the purview of either state or federal officials; 3) there is a lack of Secretary of State oversight of the private party distribution of election systems from vendors to voters, which is not addressed by the 2005 standards at all.

The testimony of Secretary of State Cord Byrd and Division of Elections Director Maria Matthews as “certification experts” when they have no certifications or credentials in election cyber security is a misrepresentation.  Moreover, they have violated their oath’s office and constitutional duties by farming out their responsibility to vendors and corporations with no cyber security oversight.  In addition, they have failed to keep up with technology and maintained their security standards and protocols.  This incompetence warrants nothing less than the immediate resignations of Cord Byrd and Maria Matthews.

What can you do?

In Florida you can Call, Email, Tweet Gov. Ron DeSantis and share FRA findings, as well as demand he suspend the use of all election voter machines and equipment until they update and re-certify their standards and protocols.  Additionally, demand going forward, we use serialized watermarked paper ballots and hand count.  Also, demand he fires Cord Byrd and Maria Matthews for failing to keep up with technology and maintaining their security standards and protocols.

Governor Ron DeSantis Office: (850) 717-9337 | Email | Tweeter Handle: @RonDeSantis

Call, Email, Tweet Cord Byrd demand for his immediate resignation for failing to keep up with technology and maintaining their security standards and protocols.

Secretary of State Cord Byrd Office: (850) 245-6200 | Email | Tweeter Handle: @CordByrd

Call, Email, Tweet Maria Matthews and demand for her immediate resignation for failing to keep up with technology and maintaining their security standards and protocols.

Election Division Director Maria Mathews Office: (850) 245-6520 | Email: Maria.Matthews@dos.myflorida.com | No Tweeter

Call, Email, Tweet your State Senator and share FRA findings and demand they suspend the use of all election voter machines and equipment until they update and re-certify their standards and protocols.  Additionally, demand going forward, we use serialized watermarked paper ballots and hand count.

Florida Senators Contact List

Call, Email, Tweet your State Representative and share FRA findings and suspend the use of all election voter machines and equipment until they update and re-certify their standards and protocols.  Additionally, demand going forward, we use serialized watermarked paper ballots and hand count.

Florida Representative Contact List

Do the same with your state officials if you live outside of Florida.

If you really want to make a difference, NOW is the time to step your game and put the pressure on the bureaucrats.

2 thoughts on “BREAKING HUGE: Florida Election Systems Are Certified Based on Security Standards and Protocols from 2005”

  1. As a Florida resident, this story is disappointing but not surprising. Nearly all Republicans – in all states – have been uniformly protective of the machines. This has led me to conclude that the election feud infrastructure is a bipartisan, UniParty operation.

    There are some exceptions, and this bill in the Florida legislature looks promising (if the powers-that-be don’t kill it):

    https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId=78953

    General Bill by Jacques and Yarkosky (CO-SPONSORS) Amesty; Bankson; Barnaby; Beltran; Gossett-Seidman; Rudman

    Voting Systems: Authorizes counties to count ballots by hand at precinct level; prohibits DOS from approving certain voting systems; requires DOS to make certain information & materials available to public on its website; deletes public records exemption that applies to certain software on file with DOS; provides that software is public record & must be provided at actual cost of duplication.

    Effective Date: July 1, 2024
    Last Event: Now in Ethics, Elections & Open Government Subcommittee on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 10:17 AM

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