Election Integrity and Security Election Integrity and Security

This is your trusted source for election information. The foundation for Wyoming's elections are built on four core principles: security, accessibility, integrity and transparency. The information below brings to light the truth about the security and accuracy of Wyoming elections and addresses the various myths about the insufficiencies and inaccuracies in Wyoming's election process.

Information Pollution

Disinformation about election integrity is widespread! In fact, spreading false information is one of the most common methods of attack used by those seeking to disrupt our elections.


Myth or Fact?

Educate yourself to identify whether information you hear or read is a credible Fact or an inaccurate Myth. If it's a myth, be part of the solution and combat the myth with the truth! Together, with truth, we can restore voter confidence and strengthen trust in our democracy.


Myth

Wyoming elections were rigged, the election results were inaccurate, and the election was not conducted with integrity.

Fact

We had a successful 2020 election that was not only accurate, but it was conducted with integrity using brand new voting machines that are more secure and sophisticated than any other voting machines used in the history of Wyoming's elections.

Myth

Wyoming voting machines were connected to the internet and the election results were hacked and manipulated by nefarious actors, namely China.

Fact

None of Wyoming's voting machines have the hardware or software required to allow internet connectivity nor does the tabulation computer in each county have the hardware or software required to allow internet connectivity. Voting machines adhere to strict physical security protocols, and the tabulation computer is only accessed by authorized personnel.

Myth

Wyoming election data was received, taken or otherwise stolen and manipulated by outside actors through intercepted "packet captures" changing Wyoming's election results which narrowed the margin between former President Trump and President Biden.

Fact

Packet capture is a computer networking term for intercepting a data packet that is crossing or moving over a specific computer network. Since Wyoming's voting machines are air-gapped (see definition below), it is impossible for a packet capture of election results data to occur. Wyoming's election data is collected and securely stored on a multi-encrypted flash drive within each tabulator (which is never connected to the internet; see previous myth). Following the closing of the polls, each flash drive is physically removed from the tabulation machine by the Chief Election Judge and given to a representative of the county clerk's office and transported to election central. The election results data is then uploaded to a hardened workstation that is never connected to the internet (again, see previous myth). Therefore, there are no "packet captures" of election results data being transferred over the internet.

Myth

ES&S voting machines have a built-in 4G wireless modem that transfers election results data. This data can be intercepted and manipulated.

Fact

Modems are not present in any of Wyoming's voting machines. Further, Wyoming's voting machines do not even contain the software or hardware necessary for a modem to function. See also - "Myth or Fact? Wyoming's election results data was breached."

Myth

Voters that use the Touchscreen voting machines (ExpressVOTE) only cast a digital ballot.

Fact

Every voter that votes, whether through filling out a paper ballot by hand or using the touchscreen (ExpressVOTE), has a paper ballot that is cast indicating their ballot choices. Voters that use the ExpressVOTE may print out their ballot to review their choices before casting their ballot.

Myth

Even though Wyoming's voting machines are not connected to the internet, they can still be physically breached and data can be compromised.

Fact

All of Wyoming's voting machines are equipped with locks and tamper evident seals covering all ports on the machines. These locks and seals are documented and, when tampered with, their appearance changes providing a visual indication that someone has attempted to access the machine ports. If there is evidence of tampering, the machine will not be used in the election.

Myth

Hundreds or even thousands of ballots were cast by voters illegally in the 2020 election.

Fact

Wyoming law requires numerous checks on voter eligibility from the time of registration, through the time of voting to ensure that only registered, eligible voters are able to cast a ballot. If it is determined that an ineligible voter successfully voted, they are investigated and turned over for prosecution.

Fight Back With Facts.

The threat to elections is real, whether foreign or domestic. However, we don't need to be fearful, we must remain vigilant! Learn what we, in partnership with all 23 Wyoming county clerks, are doing to fight back against election interference and how you can help!


What We Are Doing

  • Implementing a new public test of voting machine protocol.
  • Implementing a new post election audit policy for the 2022 elections.
  • The Wyoming Secretary of State and all 23 Wyoming County Clerks are members of the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center™ (EI-ISAC®)
    • EI-ISAC is an organization dedicated to supporting the cybersecurity needs of the elections subsector across the country, and
    • Its members are constantly monitoring and analyzing election security threats and helping respond to security incidents.
  • The Secretary of State's Office works closely with county clerks to maintain secure physical security protocols for the storage and use of voting machine facilities.
  • The Secretary of State's Office works closely with county clerks and their IT staff to maintain a strong cyber security posture through information sharing and training.

Providing resources to assist you in identifying and combating Mis/Dis/Mal Information.

Misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation stops with you! There are five (5) ways that you can help combat information pollution:

  1. Recognize the Risk;
  2. Question the Source;
  3. Investigate the Issue on Your Own;
  4. Think Before you Link; and
  5. Talk to your Circle.

What You Can Do

  • Wyoming's voting machines are never connected to the internet.
  • Wyoming's election results data are collated on a workstation not connected to the internet.
  • The number of ballots cast must reconcile with the number of voters at the polls and those who voted by absentee ballot.
  • Wyoming's county clerks conduct a public pre-election test on each voting machine used in the upcoming election and they must read the ballots with 100% accuracy.
  • Following every election the county clerks audit of a portion of the voting machines used to validate that they are still reading ballots with 100% accuracy.
  • Support your local County Clerk.
  • Consider being a poll worker.
  • Educate others.

We Are In This Together.

The questioning of election integrity is a nationwide narrative and a real threat to the strength of, and trust in, our democracy. The battle for truth will be ongoing and we all have our part. The Wyoming Secretary of State and all 23 Wyoming County Clerks are your first points of contact for true and accurate election information. If you read something that makes you question the integrity of Wyoming's elections, chances are it's a product of misinformation. Be vigilant and understand that misinformation spreads like wildfire, but together we can snuff out the flames and actively participate in elections with confidence.

Election Integrity Terms:

There are many terms that are used when discussing election integrity. These terms can be misunderstood and then used in election materials to spread mis/disinformation. Familiarize yourself with these terms and how they relate to Wyoming's election process.

  • Misinformation: information that is false, but not created or shared with the intention of causing harm.
  • Disinformation: false information that is deliberately created to mislead, harm, or manipulate a person, social group, organization, or country.
  • Malinformation: information based on fact, but used out of context to mislead, harm, or manipulate.
  • "Air-Gapped": An air-gapped computer is one that is neither connected to the internet nor connected to any other system that is connected to the internet. Wyoming's voting machines and tabulators are always air-gapped.
  • Hardened System: the process of configuring the workstation to minimize security vulnerabilities which prevent malicious activity. This includes limiting the functionality of services, applications, utilities and available ports to only that which is necessary to use the system for its specific purpose.