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If you run an official government election website, you can apply for Cloudflare’s Athenian Project to get our highest level of protection, for free.

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Benefits of Athenian Project

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Protect Voter Data and Election Integrity

Prevent attackers and nation-state actors from compromising the integrity of elections by stealing sensitive voter data.

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Stay Online During Peak Times

Web traffic during election cycles can vary. Cloudflare keeps websites online and performant during peak times.

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Prevent Website Defacement

Website defacement can be the result of brute force login attacks. Cloudflare stops attacks of this nature, preventing the proliferation of inaccurate information.

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Cloudflare believes it’s important to protect the democratic process; we’re offering enterprise-grade protection for free.

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“In this year’s historic Senate Special election, it was crucial that our website be able to handle spikes in traffic and remain online in the event of attack. It is very important to our state government and democracy as a whole that voters and the public be able to access registrar, election information, and election results. Cloudflare proved to be an excellent partner, helping us achieve this goal.”

— Jim Purcell, Acting Secretary of Information Technology for the State of Alabama

Cloudflare’s Athenian Project

Ensuring U.S. State, County, and Municipal Election Websites Stay Online

Cloudflare's mission is to help build a better internet. In 2014, Cloudflare created Project Galileo to help keep at-risk public interest organization’s websites online, for free. As part of Project Galileo, we have assisted in protecting websites which offer “election protection”, helping to ensure that individuals around the world have an opportunity to participate in their democracies.

In the last few years, Cloudflare has seen repeated reports of cyberattacks against global election systems. Scarce budgets have too often precluded governments from procuring the resources needed to prevent these attacks. In September, in the US, the Department of Homeland Security informed 21 states that their voter registration files or public election websites had been targeted for cyber attack.

To protect voters’ voices in our democracy, state, county, and municipal election websites and infrastructure must be stable and secure. Election and voter registration websites should not fail because of an increase in traffic – whether legitimate or illegitimate. Voters must have confidence that officials are doing everything they can to safeguard the integrity of election and voter data.

Because Cloudflare believes it is important to protect the democratic institutions in which citizens place their trust, the Athenian Project will protect election websites for free.

If you run a state, county, or municipal election website, we're ready to offer our highest levels of protection for free. Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • DDoS protection
  • Web application firewall (WAF) with pre-built and custom rulesets
  • Rate limiting
  • Professional implementation
  • “Under Attack” emergency support engineer
  • 24/7/365 phone, email, and chat support
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“No democracy can succeed without ensuring voters have access to election information and voter registration and without ensuring election officials have state-of-the-art defenses from malicious attacks. We at CDT think that Cloudflare’s Athenian Project is a great step in protecting elections and making sure that voters have their voices heard.”

— Joseph Hall, Chief Technologist, Center for Democracy and Technology

Qualifications

Organizations can participate in the Athenian Project if they are run by a state, county, or municipal government, and the site is related to:

  • The administration of elections, including the provision of information related to voting and polling places
  • Voter data, including voter registration or verification
  • The reporting of election results