Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Pennsylvania’s Election Security

About The Blue Ribbon Commission on Pennsylvania’s Election Security

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Pennsylvania’s Election Security is an independent, non-partisan commission studying Pennsylvania’s election cybersecurity. As a battleground state, and one with outdated election infrastructure, systems, and technologies, Pennsylvania is a prime target for hackers wishing to disrupt the US electoral process.

The Commission will produce a final report in 2019, which will provide practical recommendations to state and local Pennsylvania officials with respect to better securing the state’s elections.

Primary areas of focus will include efforts needed to address vulnerabilities in the: (1) cybersecurity of voter registration, rolls, and databases; (2) cybersecurity of voting machines, tabulation, and storage; and (3) resiliency and recovery of Pennsylvania’s electoral system following a potential breach.

We are grateful for the generous support of The Heinz Endowments and for collaboration between Pitt Cyber, Carnegie Mellon’s Software Engineering Institute CERT Division, and Verified Voting.

Commissioners

Co-Chairs

David Hickton – Founding Director, Pitt Cyber, University of Pittsburgh and former US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Paul McNulty – President, Grove City College and former US Deputy Attorney General and former US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Commission Members

Jim Brown – Former Chief of Staff to US Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr; former Chief of Staff to Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey

Esther L. Bush – President and CEO, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh

Mary Ellen Callahan – Former Chief Privacy Officer, US Department of Homeland Security

Susan Carty – President, League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania

Nelson A. Diaz – Retired judge, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

Jane Earll – Attorney; former Pennsylvania State Senator

Douglas E. Hill – Executive Director, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania

Mark A. Holman – Partner, Ridge Policy Group; former Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security; former Chief of Staff to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge

Ken Lawrence – Vice Chair, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners

Mark A. Nordenberg – Chair of the Institute of Politics, University of Pittsburgh; Chancellor Emeritus of the University; Distinguished Service Professor of Law

Grant Oliphant – President, The Heinz Endowments

Peri Jude Radecic – CEO, Disability Rights Pennsylvania

Pedro A. Ramos – President and CEO, The Philadelphia Foundation

James C. Roddey – Former Chief Executive, Allegheny County

Marian Schneider – President, Verified Voting; former Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary of State for Elections and Administration

Bobbie Stempfley – Director, CERT Division, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

David Thornburgh – President and CEO, Committee of Seventy

Sharon Werner – Former Chief of Staff to US Attorneys General Eric H. Holder, Jr. and Loretta E. Lynch

Dennis Yablonsky – Former CEO, Allegheny Conference on Community Development; former Pennsylvania Secretary of Community and Economic Development

Senior Advisors

Charlie Dent – Former US Congressman, 15th District of Pennsylvania

Paul H. O’Neill – 72nd Secretary of the US Treasury

Dick Thornburgh – Former Governor, Pennsylvania; former Attorney General of the United States; former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

*Affiliations are provided for identification purposes. Commissioners are serving in their personal capacities.

 

Public Comment

The Commission invites and encourages public comment to inform its work. These comments will be carefully reviewed. The comment period will be open until August 2018. The Commission requests comment with respect to: (1) cybersecurity of voter registration, rolls, and databases; (2) cybersecurity of voting machines, tabulation, and storage; and (3) resiliency and recovery of Pennsylvania’s electoral system following a potential breach.

Selected Media Coverage