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are two competing narratives about the 2020 election -- it was rigged and it was the most secure election ever. Both can't be
correct unless all of our presidential elections have been rigged to varying
degrees. This reality tells me that one of the two assertions is closer to the
truth than the other but still misses the mark. So I set out to fill in the
gap. I went online to do some reading. I also contacted a nonpartisan,
nonprofit organization that is at the forefront of creating a modern, more
secure voting-machine system to replace obsolete software dating back to the
time Bill Clinton was president.
We need more information, I
think, because many Americans, for reasons sound and not-so-sound, doubt the
credibility of vote counts and election results.
To start with, I wanted to
learn the meaning of the phrase "the most secure election in American history".
A founder and Chief Operating Officer of OSET
Institute gave me a detailed answer in an email. Gregory Miller
helped start OSET in November 2006 to create an open-source voting-machine
system that manufacturers and voting jurisdictions can use to replace obsolete
digital machines across the country. I am reprinting his answer in full because
it clarifies what the government meant when it said the 2020 election was the
most secure in American history. I have put in bold portions of the statement
that seem significant and new to me.
Miller said, "First, it
is very important to bear in mind that the statement released from CISA regarding
the 2020 election was not of their making alone, but of a
collective including the members of the Election Infrastructure Government
Coordinating Council (EIGCC), NASS, NASED, the Election Infrastructure Security
Coordinating Committee (EISCC which includes vendors). That's important because
it means this assertion is a consensus opinion or a 'joint
"1. Second, 'ever' as the term
was applied here covers the period of time that election administration
activity has been actively monitored by the Feds (DHS) for nefarious
interference--primarily disruption and subversion (but not
disinformation). So, for sake of argument, we consider this to be the period
2008-forward (although issues in 2002, '04, and '06 increasingly drew the
attention of experts and began to engage DHS).
"Now let's look at how we
(OSET Institute) parse that based on our own interactions.
"PART 1: The DHS/CISA VIEW
"From the standpoint of the
federal government agencies charged with monitoring and assisting in
the protection of critical infrastructure, this election was
-- in their professional opinion -- the 'most secure ever' based on
what they were monitoring which is in near totality an array of mechanisms,
services, monitors, and devices surveilling for external network intrusion
attempts. The simplest, but not only, example is the deployment of Albert
Sensors. In short, from the DHS/CISA view of the universe, this election
witnessed the lowest amount of mendacious or even suspicious network
activity. But obviously, that is only a small part of the
story. What about the balance of that consensus assessment and their
"PART 2: The Election
Experts of the Stakeholder Community (NASS, NASED, EIGCC, and EISCC)
"For these groups of experts
2020 was the most secure election in terms of eight factors:
"1. The 2020 election relied on the lowest use of paperless voting
"2. The 2020 election produced the highest portion of voters using
paper ballots uniformly counted by optical scanning devices.
"3. The 2020 election had the most jurisdictions conducting ballots
audits, that are or will become a regular process (admittedly still a small
fraction, but growing).
"4. The 2020 election produced the greatest number of state and
local election staff receiving basic training for cybersecurity (we were
involved in such efforts).
"5. The 2020 election deployed the greatest amount of cyber defenses
by states to monitor and protect voter records system (see 'PART 1'