League of Women Voters of Texas Finds Only 20% of Texas Counties Following Website Security Best Practice!

League of Women Voters of Texas Finds Only 20% of Texas Counties Following Website Security Best Practice!

League of Women Voters of Texas Finds Only 20% of Texas Counties Following Website Security Best Practice!
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The League of Women Voters of Texas conducted its fourth survey of Texas county websites in late October and early November 2019. The League is proud to celebrate counties large and small which meet the needs of the diverse voters in their county. The League report also brings to light significant deficits with many Texas county election websites. 

Grace Chimene, president of the League of Women Voters of Texas said, “The 2020 election year is almost upon us. Texas voters will be inundated with campaign messaging. Voters will look to their counties to find accurate, accessible, and useful voter information on safe and secure county election websites. Many counties need to take steps now to become a trusted resource for voters.”
 
In a November 12, 2019 press release, Secretary of State Ruth R. Hughs states “It is imperative that voters in the Lone Star State are able to count on trusted sources of election information as they prepare to make their voices heard in next year's elections.” The League of Women Voters of Texas encourages the Texas Secretary of State to assist counties to rapidly improve website security for the 2020 elections. 
 
Ensuring a safe and secure election should be a priority for county election officials. Of the 254 counties, 201 of them have a website labeled “not secure.” Only 9 counties provide a site where voters will feel confident they are at the right website with a government-verified DotGov domain. Of the 254 county websites, many have URLs which end in “.com,” “.net,” “.org," and "tx.us.”
 
League of Women Voters of Texas trained volunteers evaluated the 254 county websites and the Texas Secretary of State’s www.votetexas.gov website based on a set of election information criteria derived from the Center for Civic Design's Designing election department website and the ElectionTools’ election website template. In addition, the League reviewers noted compliance with the new Texas election laws HB 933 and HB 1241 that became effective September 1, 2019.
 
The League's mission is to empower voters and defend democracy. We encourage all Texans to get involved and speak up at the local, state and national level to ensure that every citizen has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to vote in their community.
 
Voters may use the League’s Checklist for County Election Websites or the 2019 Complete list of Best Practices for County Election Websites to advocate for improvements.   Previous and current county website reviews can be found on the League’s County Election webpage.
The League of Women Voters of Texas represents over 10,000 grassroots advocates across the State of Texas. The Texas League has been "organizing, educating and agitating" since 1919. The League is a nonpartisan organization - it does not support or oppose any political parties or candidates for elected office. Instead, the League encourages active and informed civic participation in government and increased understanding of major public policy issues.
 
 
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