The Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago ("Board") planned to debut a brand new voting system at over 2,000 precincts across 230 miles for their upcoming presidential primary election, scheduled for March 17, 2020. Providing secure electronic elections demanded that the Board:
- Protect the integrity of voter choices on a digital ballot
- Guard against hacks and cyberattacks when those choices were electronically transmitted across the network
- Ensure that every vote was accurately counted and accounted for
Then, six days before the election, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Suddenly, the bar for achieving secure electronic elections across multiple voting sites became that much higher.