Shana Broussard, Chair, Federal Election Commission

Shana Broussard

Chair, Federal Election Commission

Shana M. Broussard was born on the Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara, California. She grew up in Louisiana, earned an undergraduate degree from Dillard University, and received a Juris Doctor from Southern University Law Center.

She worked as a New Orleans Assistant District Attorney and was an attorney-advisor at the Internal Revenue Service Office of Professional Responsibility and Deputy Disciplinary Counsel at the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board.

Broussard joined the Federal Election Commission as an attorney in the Enforcement Division of the Office of General Counsel. She was assigned as counsel for one of the Commissioners where she worked until her own appointment as Commissioner. She was nominated to serve as a Commissioner by President Donald Trump, confirmed by the Senate, and began her term in December 2020. She currently serves as the Chair of the Commission.

The Federal Election Commission is an independent government agency.

In the News…

After years of warnings and concerns and then the allegations arising at the end of the 2020 presidential election, the Federal Election Commission, which sets the standards for American voting machines, has made a major change. Going forward, voting systems cannot be connected to any digital networks, and wireless technology must be disabled as well.

The Election Assistance Commission’s Voluntary Voter System Guidelines 2.0 were released earlier this year with nominal media coverage, even though they were the first major revisions since 2015 and the first complete overhaul since Guidelines 1.0 was issued 16 years ago.

“VSG 2.0 does not permit devices or components using external network connections to be part of the voting system,” the commission wrote in its new guidelines. “There are significant security concerns introduced when networked devices are then connected to the voting system. This connectivity provides an access path to the voting system through the Internet and thus an attack can be orchestrated from anywhere in the world (e.g., nation-state attacks). The external network connection leaves the voting system vulnerable to attacks, regardless of whether the connection is only for a limited period or it is continuously connected.”

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Commissioner Broussard today? You can let her know at:

Commissioner Shana Broussard, Chair
Federal Election Commission
1050 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20463


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