An apparent series of interconnected failures surrounding the use of a key vote-tallying phone app – plus delays associated with a phone-reporting backup system – derailed the reporting of the Iowa Democratic Caucus results last night, even as more states and localities are preparing to add app technologies to some aspects of their election processes.

With today’s Iowa Caucus, the long slog to the 2020 Election is officially underway. In preparation for the General Election this November, West Virginia will become the first state to allow people with disabilities to vote with their smartphones.






California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Jan. 24 that he had “conditionally” certified Los Angeles County’s new publicly-owned voting system.






Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Chris Krebs told the nation’s mayors this week that Federal government needs to ensure that state and local governments have the resources needed to combat growing cybersecurity concerns, and said that heightened security threats from Iran and elsewhere may help provide governments with the leverage to get that done.






The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NACSIO) today released its 2020 Federal advocacy priorities and zeroed in on the importance of cybersecurity.






Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Gary Peters, D-Mich., introduced legislation on Jan. 16 that directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a Cybersecurity State Coordinator program.






The city of Pensacola, Fla., confirmed on Jan. 17 that personal information may have been compromised in a cyberattack on the city’s networks last month, but said that it can’t be 100 percent sure.






The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) unveiled a new, internal policy to improve Federal procedures for notifying state and local officials of election infrastructure cyber threats.






The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and the National Governors Association (NGA) today released new guidance on how state and local governments (SLGs) can better collaborate on cybersecurity matters.






The City of Las Vegas announced in a series of tweets on Jan. 8 that it dodged a major cyberattack. The city said it experienced a cyber compromise in the early morning hours of Jan. 7, but that it “immediately took steps to protect our data systems.”






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