Understanding Election Security

No single point of access
There are 116 election jurisdictions in Missouri, each with their own voting system. That means there is no single voting system or single point of access.
Not connected to internet
Voting machines are not connected to the internet, so they can't be hacked from the internet.
Voting mahcine paper trail
Every single voting machine in Missouri is required to produce a paper audit trail.
Bipartisan counting of absentees
When absentee ballots are processed, they are counted by a bipartisan team.
Public testing of machines
Voting machines are publicly tested both before and after election day.
Machines are locked and sealed
Once checked for accuracy, election equipment is locked and sealed to prohibit any tampering with the equipment on election day.
Second chance voting
All voting machines in Missouri are required to give the voter a second chance to ensure the ballot is marked correctly.
Results audited by LEAs
Election results are audited by local election officials before any results are certified.


In 2018, the Missouri Secretary of State's Office successfully obtained a federal grant in the amount of $7.2 million through the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). The office has laid the groundwork to spend those funds with local election authorities to improve both physical security and cyber security to further enhance the integrity of Missouri's election systems.
In January of 2018, Missouri joined ERIC, the Electronic Registration Information Center, to help maintain an accurate voter registration database. ERIC is a multistate partnership that uses a sophisticated and secure data-matching tool to improve the accuracy and efficiency of state voter registration systems. Through participation in ERIC, states can compare official data on eligible voters—such as voter and motor vehicle registrations, U.S. Postal Service addresses, and Social Security death records—to keep voter rolls more complete and up to date. ERIC is owned, managed, and funded by participating states and was formed in 2012 with assistance from The Pew Charitable Trusts. More than half of U.S. states participate in ERIC.

Knowing Election Security

Voter Pamphlet on Election Security (Election Assistance Commission)
The War on Pineapple: Understanding Foreign Intelligence in 5 Steps (U.S. Department of Homeland Security)
Social Media Bots Overview
Election Security Video (Election Assistance Commission)
Qualified Voting Systems in Missouri