The security of our nation’s elections is important for several reasons, including to ensure voters have the ability to vote, preserving the confidentiality of voters’ selections, and protecting the integrity of each election outcome. NIST conducts research into election system cybersecurity challenges and identifies standards, guidelines and technologies that can improve the security of these systems. To keep up with the evolution of technology, NIST helps to develop innovative security technologies that enhance the nation’s ability to address current and future election security challenges. NIST is known for establishing cybersecurity standards and guidelines in an open, transparent and collaborative way. Collaboration with the election community (e.g., election officials and election vendors) and federal partners (i.e., the U.S. Election Assistance Commission) is important to NIST because engagement with these groups helps ensure guidance is relevant to those who are key to keeping elections in operation. When developing election security guidance, NIST considers accessibility, usability, and any potential impact on voters and election officials.
NIST performs research that examines the following:
NIST partners with the following agencies:
If you have questions, please email the project team at election-security [at] nist.gov.