The audit process is a messy process, with states grappling with the questions of who should have access to election data and how.
And as the president of the American Electorate, we’re taking on this challenge.
So we have asked the Department of Homeland Security to lead the effort to get the most accurate and complete report of election security we can.
The Department of Justice will also lead this effort, along with election integrity advocates across the country.
In the coming weeks, we will hold hearings in the House and Senate to gather input on whether to implement a comprehensive audit.
The goal is to get a thorough report to the president, Congress and the American people in as little as two months.
The final report will include the following: A comprehensive assessment of the federal government’s role in the election security process and how it should be structured.
A discussion of the need for states to ensure the security of their election systems, and how to achieve that.
An assessment of what steps the federal Government should take to improve the election integrity process in the next year.
A description of the next steps that we will take as a nation to help secure elections in the United States.
A detailed plan to ensure that the election process and security procedures are as secure as possible in the years ahead.
A list of recommendations for improvement in the national election security architecture.
A set of recommendations on how the federal and state governments can strengthen their relationship and cooperate to ensure a safe and secure election.
We will release a report on the results of this audit within the next few months.
For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/vigilance/audit.html.