County Elections Security Plan
A security plan shall be submitted to the Secretary of State Elections Division, not later than the 31st of January of each year.
Approved Security Plans will be valid from March 1 of each year through the last day of February of the following year.
Any revisions to the plan must be submitted to the Secretary of State Elections Division not later than one business day after the revision is made, and at least 30 days before the first election date at which the revisions are to be used.
The security plan and all supporting documentation are confidential and not subject to public disclosure.
All ballots must be secured from their inception into the county’s computers, through final storage. This secure process must be followed through ballot reception, verification, inspection, scanning and tally of votes.
The County Elections Official must include accountability procedures for ballots during the election process.
During each phase of the process the County Elections Official must maintain an audit trail for all ballots, whether voted or unused.
Copies of all security agreements with outside vendors must be submitted to the Secretary of State as part of the overall security plan.
Upon receipt of the county security plan the Secretary of State Elections Division shall review the plan based upon the criteria in subsection (11).
In order for a county to be permitted to scan ballots 7 days prior to the election pursuant to ORS 254.478 (Preparation for counting ballots), the county’s security plan must be approved in writing by the Secretary of State Elections Division.
The Security Plan must include the following components:
Ballot security at the printer;
Ballot storage security;
Ballot security during transport to inserter (if applicable), to the county, or to the post office;
Ballot security during insertion;
Ballot security at dropsites;
Security of voted ballots awaiting verification;
Security of voted ballots verified and awaiting inspection;
Security of voted ballots opened and inspected;
Facsimile ballot security;
Ballot tally system;
Early scanning procedure (if applicable);
Preventing the premature release of vote tally; and