FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 19, 2021 – MONTGOMERY – On July 13, 2021, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), and the National Association of State Election Directors (NASSED) hosted Tabletop the Vote to prepare election officials and state agencies for any cyber or physical incident that could occur during an election.
Tabletop the Vote is an annual security exercise that helps protect the integrity of elections not only in our state but in the entire country. This session provided the opportunity to stress-test protocols and to practice communication strategies that are used to successfully run an election.
The State of Alabama was represented by the Office of the Alabama Secretary of State, the Office of Information Technology, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security.
Those participating learned how to plan, prepare, and respond to any emergency situation through modules that identified strengths and weaknesses within the election process.
Secretary Marty Redden with the Office of Information Technology said, “The value of these exercises cannot be overstated. It allows us to refine and test our processes with both state and federal partners, in a controlled environment. These exercises allow all participants to openly communicate ideas and risks, while improving our readiness prior to a real election.”
“Alabama was excited to participate in such a proactive and engaging assembly that helps our state to continue to conduct the best elections possible. These learning experiences contribute to our plans to be able to execute the most safe and secure elections in the nation,” stated Secretary of State John Merrill.
This session made our elections safer and our state better. We are proud of the state’s continuous efforts to improve election administration.