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ARIZONA STATE SENATE

Fifty-Fifth Legislature, Second Regular Session

 

AMENDED

FACT SHEET FOR S.B. 1457

 

voting machines; hardware; software; access

Purpose

Requires the Secretary of State (SOS) to ensure that certified vote recording and tabulating machines and devices meet specified security standards, do not have access that allows for internet connectivity, support the tracking of users based of unique credentials and log and maintain certain information. Outlines requirements for chain of custody and access of voting equipment and tabulating equipment.

Background

The SOS must appoint a three-member committee to investigate and test various types of vote recording and tabulating machines or devices that may be used for elections. The committee must submit its recommendations to the SOS, who makes final adoption of the types, makes and models of elections machines and devices to be certified for use in Arizona.

After consultation with the committee, the SOS must adopt standards for the loss of certification for elections machines and devices. The SOS may revoke the certification of any voting system or device if the person or firm: 1) installs, uses or allows the use of a voting system or device that is not certified for use or approved for experimental use in Arizona; or 2) uses or includes hardware, firmware or software in a version that is not certified for use or approved for experimental use in a certified voting system or device. Elections machines and devices may only be used if they have been tested and approved by a laboratory that is accredited pursuant to the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (A.R.S. 16-442).

There is no anticipated fiscal impact to the state General Fund associated with this legislation.

Provisions

1.   Requires the SOS to ensure that certified vote recording and vote tabulating machines and devices approved for use in Arizona elections:

a)   have all operating systems and software configured to the appropriate level of security that is consistent with best practices in standards issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency;

b)   do not have hardware installed that supports internet connectivity or any other form of remote access or software that allows any change to result in files or a database;

c)   support the usage and tracking of users based on unique credentials that are changed at least once per election cycle for each user;

d)   log any deletions of ballot images, Windows event logs and results files and have a system that maintains election software logs; and

e)   maintain required tracking and logging for 22 months of election data.

2.   Prohibits any voting equipment used in a polling place or voting center or any tabulation equipment used at a central counting center or other tabulation center from having internet access.

3.   Requires any voting equipment used in a polling place or voting center to prohibit access by any means to any data or results.

4.   Requires any tabulation equipment used in a central counting center or other tabulation center to prohibit access by any means to any data or results until used by authorized election personnel.

5.   Requires an accessible port on any voting equipment or tabulation equipment to be locked with a tamper-proof seal and logged in a chain of custody document when broken or accessed.

6.   Requires the delivery, use and return of voting equipment to be logged on a chain of custody document so that the name and signature of every person who delivers, receives, uses and returns the equipment is recorded and retained as an official elections record.

7.   Requires the use and return of equipment that contains election results and data, including any removable storage device, to be logged on a chain of custody document so that the name and signature of every person who delivers, receives, uses and returns the storage device or equipment is recorded and retained as an official elections record.

8.   Restricts who may be present at the tabulation of votes to only authorized personnel, including political party observers.

9.   Requires all activities at a counting center to be included on a nonstop video that is posted on the county website.

10.  Classifies, as a class 1 misdemeanor, a violation of:

a)   the prohibition on internet access and data access in voting equipment and tabulating equipment;

b)   requirements related to accessible ports and chain of custody documentation for voting equipment and tabulating equipment;

c)   the requirement that only authorized personnel be present for the tabulation of votes; and

d)   the requirement that all activities at a counting center be included on a nonstop video.

11.  Makes technical and conforming changes.

12.  Becomes effective on the general effective date.

Amendments Adopted by Committee

1.   Prohibits any voting equipment used in a polling place or voting center or any tabulation equipment used at a central counting center or other tabulation center from having internet access.

2.   Requires any voting equipment used in a polling place or voting center to prohibit access by any means to any data or results.

3.   Requires any tabulation equipment used in a central counting center or other tabulation center to prohibit access by any means to any data or results until used by authorized election personnel.

4.   Requires an accessible port on any voting equipment or tabulation equipment to be locked with a tamper-proof seal and logged in a chain of custody document when broken or accessed.

5.   Outlines chain of custody requirements for the delivery, use and return of voting equipment and equipment that contains election results.

6.   Restricts who may be present at the tabulation of votes to only authorized personnel, including political party observers.

7.   Requires all activities at a counting center to be included on a nonstop video that is posted on the county website.

8.   Classifies, as a class 1 misdemeanor, a violation of:

a)   the prohibition on internet access and data access in voting equipment and tabulating equipment;

b)   requirements related to accessible ports and chain of custody documentation for voting equipment and tabulating equipment;

c)   the requirement that only authorized personnel be present for the tabulation of votes; and

d)   the requirement that all activities at a counting center be included on a nonstop video.

Senate Action

GOV 2/7/22 DPA 4-3-0

Prepared by Senate Research

February 9, 2022

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