No excuse for blocking common-sense election security measures
Over the past few weeks, there have been multiple confirmations that Russia attacked our elections in 2016 -- first from FBI Director Christopher Wray, then former special counsel Robert Mueller, then the Senate Intelligence Committee. All agree that Russia perpetrated a sophisticated campaign to hack state boards of elections and voting machine companies and is already gearing up to do it again during the next election cycle.
In response to this overwhelming evidence, the House passed HR3351, an appropriations bill allocating $600 million in election security funding for the states. The money would replace electronic voting machines with those that use verifiable paper ballots to prevent hackers from affecting the outcome of an election.
The Senate has until Oct. 1 to pass its own appropriations bill, and it's crucial that we push them to include election security funding in that bill. We have a chance to safeguard our democracy from hostile foreign attacks -- and the Senate needs to act. That's why I'm calling on my senators to publicly support $600 million in election security funding and convince other members of the Senate to do the same.
The American people deserve safe elections. The Senate must act now to protect our democracy.