Dear Illinois State Board of Directors, Executive Director, and General Counsel: Defend the Vote is an Illinois not-for-profit, non-partisan organization with the mission to empower citizens to protectelections. We focus on three areas: Ballot Access, The Voter, and Casting the Vote. An important aspect of our activityinvolves evaluation of security protocols in place to protect the integrity of the vote.In 2011 - 2012, Defend the Vote is conducting state-wide security assessments of elections in Illinois. In April 2011,along with Champion News,we conducted a
vulnerability assessment and security audit
of the Chicago Board of
s Election Day security procedures.
Our findings document serious flaws in the Illinois election system.
We evaluated 239 polling places on 11security measures which were taken out of the 2011 Illinois (and Chicago) Election Judge Training Guide.
215 (91%)precincts failed in one or more measures. 139 (59%) precincts were documented with unsealed ballot boxes.
Our report summarizing this audit was peer reviewed and published in the Argonne National
The peer-review team consisted of experts in physical security
(VAT) at Argonne National Laboratory and Editor of the Journal.
found that the security protocols in place
“wholly inadequate” and essentially
100% ineffective in promoting a tamper resistant voting environment.
This letter serves to provide the Board with our report: You can read the in-depth report at this link. This report includes
a section on “Additional Vulnerabilities” outlining
additional security issues.