*The technological deficiencies that are extant in our nation within many of our 10,000 voting jurisdictions and the recommendations to mitigate or eliminate those vulnerabilities that are presented in this proposal first appeared in an Op-Ed in the August 4th edition of the Washington Post. The author of that perspective that is entitled “Silicon Valley Can Help Rescue Election Security” is Charles Jennings
As the summer of 2019 lengthens in these the days of continued leisure and recreation for millions of Americans, the specter of a national catastrophe looms ever larger and proximate.
In a scant
14 months our republic will be asked to select an individual to lead us into
the third decade of the 21st century, and to designate our
preferences for innumerable other subordinate officials at the federal, state,
and local levels of government.
our history though we are an imperfect and flawed undertaking in representative
democracy, until very recently we as a populace were of the unimpeachable
perspective that our most fundamental and perhaps sacred right, i.e. the
exercise of our individual franchise
during the election process would be duly recorded and thus reflect an
inviolate political reality, that those who were entrusted with the power to
govern were subject to the collective will of our electorate and that this
principle was preeminent and could not be abrogated.
However, as the
result of a series of disclosures and the dissemination of information which
was the collective product of our intelligence agencies and other sources of
data, we have been apprised of the systematic and continuing attempts by
foreign governments and their intelligence apparatuses to wage an unrelenting
campaign of cyberwarfare with the ultimate objective in the looming electoral cycle of a massive disruption in
this process, that if successful shall impair beyond its subsequent restoration
the public’s confidence in the results.
eventuality transpire that event will sound the death knell or our experiment
in democratic government that has prevailed for more than two centuries, and
the subsequent chaos and dissolution of our society that it will stimulate may
produce an authoritarian or fascistic
political system and thus consign us to a dark and oppressive future from which
the resurrection of our democracy will be impossible.
activities of various governments (principally
Russian initiatives) have been
revealed regarding the 2016 presidential election, we have frequently heard
from numerous sources within the political realm , pundits, think tanks, and
other entities, that have sounded the alarm and called us to action in order to
interrupt these continuing exertions and preserve the sanctity of the impending
2020 electoral cycle.
of this date legislation that might address various facets of these prescribed
antidotes languishes in Congress, while
others in positions of power either minimize or deny the existence of these
imperative that we acknowledge the following horrific reality; at this moment
the vast majority of the approximately 10,000 voting jurisdictions currently
employ Windows 7 software. In January, 2020 Microsoft will cease the provision
of automatic security improvements for these antiquated operating systems. In
the absence of these upgrades these systems are extraordinarily vulnerable
primarily because the voting machine certification standards for these machines
were formulated in 2005. Thus, the
ancient and wholly deficient defenses these systems can mount will be
overwhelmed by today’s cyberwarfare arsenal replete with polymorphic malware,
weaponized artificial intelligence, and ransomware.
governments are attempting to bolster their defensive capabilities they have
neither the resources nor expertise to protect the integrity of the process by
which vote tallies are computed, and
more importantly to ensure that these compilations have not been tampered with
than the survival of our noble experiment in republican democracy is at risk.
Thus from my perspective given the critical necessity of this task, i.e.
ensuring the unerring accuracy and
unadulterated status of the ballots that tens of millions of Americans shall
cast in approximately14 months, and as importantly the contemporary nonexistence
of any entity that has been created that reflects a sufficiently broad or
sustained commitment to this mission, I am on this date the 8th of
August 2019 establishing the Center For The Preservation of American Democracy.
this organization shall discharge is to
mobilize the entirety of those resources technological, legal, political, as
well as the support of those corporate and voluntary elements of our citizenry
to support and in fact to demand that the total spectrum of these
recommendations be fully implemented in
every voting jurisdiction throughout the nation. It is only through this
sequence of deployment that all citizens will be confident that whatever the
results the various electoral outcomes
produce in 2020 they reflect the pristine preferences of our citizenry.
initial act it is our intent to recruit as members of the Advisory Board of this center those individuals whose
integrity, professional histories of accomplishment, and scrupulously
nonpartisan sympathies and predispositions that are exemplary. Moreover, they
shall reflect various portfolios of expertise and lengthy involvements with the relevant
sectors of our endeavor, i.e. technological, legal, political, communications and public relations etc.,
those areas of competence that reside at
the heart of our agenda of prospective exertions.
board is assembled its first task shall be to formulate the strategic paradigm
required to achieve our principal objective and the chronology and content of the activity to ensure the success of its
deployment prior to the electoral event
of November, 2020.
epicenter of this document will such primary technological
components/consulting expertise be delineated that reflect among other elements
the provision to state and local election system operators of a complimentary
upgrade by Microsoft of their Windows 10 software; the construction by Elon
Musk or other equally brilliant visionaries at the forefront of computer
science and their subsequent provision
at no cost, of the requisite artificial intelligence defense systems to the IT
staffs of local election jurisdictions; to offer at no charge the security
consulting services which such entities at IBM, Oracle, and Cisco are superbly
equipped to furnish; the gratuitous gift of online cyber services, which
FireEye, Sentinel One, and Symantec are eminently qualified to provide;
and finally Intel and other microchip manufacturers must
supply to all voting jurisdictions throughout the nation their “state of the
art” processors which are equipped with “hardware enhanced” security
to this element of our strategic paradigm are the equally crucial capacities
and activities to ensure that the technological aspects of our model are fully
deployed in every voting jurisdiction, are those systematic and unremitting
efforts by the Center in the realm of a communications/public education
activity to generate the requisite public advocacy among our populace to demand
the implementation of our paradigm.
vital facet of our operational agenda will be the unceasing coordination and
collaboration with the appropriate officials within these state and local
systems as we proceed in this process of systemic improvement and
transformation; the ability to initiate those legal initiatives when required
to both defend against any challenges to our
initiative and to judicially neutralize any attempts by these jurisdictions to thwart or reject the requisite safeguards we
are recommending ( or equivalent
systemic improvements ) to the integrity of the electoral process which our
item our strategic plan will include is the unrelenting interaction and
collaboration with all other entities in our society including agencies of the
federal intelligence establishment, nonprofit organizations that are addressing
various dimensions of this challenge to the integrity of our electoral process,
and other corporate entities, think tanks, and universities whose scholastic
inquiries and responses are focusing on this imperative topic, to augment and intensify the efficacy
of our initiative, to ensure that the most crucial capacity of all our citizens
to select those officials at all levels of our governing apparatus via the
exercise of their personal franchise remains sacrosanct and unimpeded.
It is our
hope that the requisite financial resources to activate the center and its
agenda shall be secured by Labor Day.
Discussions have already commenced with the prospective staff members
who will discharge various facets of the agenda we have formulated. The specific chronology of the duties and
responsibilities to accomplish the goals and objectives will be fully explicated, and we shall immediately commence our efforts
to preserve American democracy.
the urgency and vital importance of this task and we shall not fail in this
The Center For The Preservation of
(An Operating Budget For This
Fourteen Month Period)
is most preliminary and without question
lacks the requisite specificity relative to such categories as personnel, leased
space costs, consumable supplies expenditures, systems of technology and
communications costs, anticipated travel
expenses, and an operational contingency category that are customarily included
in these proposals. An infinitely more
complete budget will be prepared at the inception of our operations, however,
given the urgency of our undertaking suffice it to state that we are requesting
from predisposed donors a request to enable our activities from September, 2019
– November 2020, of $500,000.