Episode 5 - Voter Integrity & Voter Protection

By Jason Bennett

We know that maintaining strong cybersecurity is important to keeping your life, finances, and campaign safe. But what does it mean on the macro level? How does security and hackers’ ability to tamper with our electoral systems impact how we see our democracy? In this follow up episode to Locking Down Your Campaign, our host Jason Bennett talks with Ally Coll Steele, an expert in voter protection. Ally was the Deputy Director of the National Voter Protection department for Hillary for America 2016, where she witnessed firsthand the national repercussions of exposed campaign security.

As part of the Voter Protection department, Ally fought voter suppression efforts in key battleground states to increase access to the ballot for all. In this episode, Ally shares what she learned form this experience and best practices to keep your campaign locked down. We learn how to navigate the trade-off between technology’s efficiency and security, how to resist voter suppression, encourage turnout, and secure your campaign win.

Today, Ally works as an Associate at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in DC. Before law school, Ally worked on several political campaigns including the Obama field team in 2008 and the re-election efforts of Senators Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell, and Tim Kaine. Her work includes organizing recount response efforts, advising campaign response to voter suppression efforts, and levying litigation against state voter repression laws.

Special thanks to Ally Coll Stelle for her insight this week on the Election University podcast. Listeners, we want to hear from you! Tell us what you think about cybersecurity and its impact on our electoral systems! What tactics will you do differently to lock down your campaign? How do you think we should expand access to the ballot and maintain voter integrity? Leave a note in the comment section below or email your questions and comments to our hosts at podcast@ElectionU.com.

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    Episode 1 - Our Inaugural Episode

    Episode 3 - Locking Down Your Campaign Security

    Episode 4 - Political Spouses

    Episode 5 - Voter Integrity & Voter Protection