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

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Benefits of Project Pericles

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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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“For Electionland, we were obviously concerned going into the day of the election. If we uncovered vote rigging or evidence thereof, we worried we would instantly become a target for an online attack. Going in with Cloudflare’s support gave us an ally that we could count on.”

— Ed Bice, Meedan Founder

Cloudflare’s Pericles Project

Ensuring Global 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 democracies around the world, election websites and infrastructure must be stable and secure. Election websites should not fail on election day 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 Pericles Project will protect global election websites for free. If you run an election website anywhere around the world, 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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Qualifications

Sites can participate in the Pericles Project if they meet the following criteria:

  • They are run by a state or local government
  • The administration of elections, including the public provision of information related to voting and polling places
  • Voter data, including voter registration verification
  • The reporting of election results