House Intelligence Lawmakers Launch Bipartisan Election Cybersecurity Bill

House Intelligence Lawmakers Launch Bipartisan Election Cybersecurity Bill

A group of four lawmakers, two Republicans and two Democrats, on the House Intelligence Committee, are introducing a bill that would help states keep their election infrastructure secure against cyberattacks, The Hill reported.


The Secure Elections Act would set up a voluntary grant program for states to replaced outdated voting machines with those that produce a paper trail that can be audited in case questions about a result arise, the report said.


The four House members are Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., Jim Himes, D-Conn., and Terri Sewell, D-Ala. The bill is a companion to one in the Senate that Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., spearheaded, the report said.


“Hostile foreign actors have attempted and will continue to attempt to undermine the fundamentals of our democracy by attacking our electoral process. It is our responsibility to safeguard our elections and ensure no vote count is ever interfered with,” Gowdy said.


“Although the Russian government didn’t change the outcome of the 2016 election, they certainly interfered with the intention of sowing discord and undermining Americans’ faith in our democratic process,” said Rooney in a statement, The Hill reported.


“There’s no doubt in my mind these bad actors will continue this in 2018 and beyond,” Rooney said in a tweet.



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