The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and Iowa Administrative Code Section 721-22.50 require the Commissioner to produce a written policy regarding voting systems security. This policy includes plans to protect election equipment and data from unauthorized access, document certain aspects of the election process, and describe methods to preserve the integrity of elections. This policy describes who shall have access to voting equipment, including limitations on access to computer systems used in elections.
Further, this policy is needed to insure that election staff members have sufficient guidance in maintaining the security of election systems and ballots so as to prevent fraud, malicious mischief and other forms of misconduct. The Commissioner shall insure that all staff members familiarize themselves with this policy before each election. Further, the Commissioner shall insure that all Election Officials are provided instruction regarding portions of this policy pertinent to their roles in election administration.