Critical Infrastructure Security, Threat Management, Critical Infrastructure Security, Security Strategy, Plan, Budget

State of Security: Nevada

Who’s in charge: Secretary of State Barbara K. Cegavske

Nevada uses a centralized statewide voter registration system which is maintained by the Office of the Secretary of State and Nevada's local election officials. The state’s voting systems include the equipment used to create ballots, cast and count votes, and display election results, is a "standalone system" that is not connected to a network or the internet and has not wireless connection capabilities. Every component used in this system must first undergo a series of tests and audits and each component maintains a chain of custody with tamper evident security seals and access limited to authorized personnel.

On September 20,  Nevada Secretary of State Barbara K. Cegavske announced that all 17 county election offices in Nevada had joined the Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC) making Nevada the fifth state in the country to meet that milestone, joining Florida, Ohio, Maryland and South Carolina.

Nevada’s election security budget allotted a total of nearly $4.5 million - almost $4.3 million in federal grants and about $213,000 in matching funds - to enhance technology and make election security improvements. The Center for American Progress found the state had mixed reviews concerning its minimum cybersecurity for voter systems and “unsatisfactory” ratings concerning the state’s ballot accounting and reconciliation paper absentee ballots measures and scored an overall C.

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