Election Security a Focus of New Dems and Tuesday Group Colleagues

October 13, 2018 by TWN Staff
Paul Fraser at the voting booth Tuesday morning June 5, 2018 at the Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School in the City Terrace neighborhood of Los Angeles. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

This week members of the New Democrat Coalition and the Republican Tuesday Group partnered together and called on President Trump to prioritize election security.

Russia’s widespread engagement in the 2016 election has increased calls by many to do more to secure American elections, families and businesses.  Recently the Department of Justice has indicted an additional 13 Russian agents regarding criminal activity related to election meddling.

“Right now our country is facing an unprecedented threat from a foreign adversary. An Election Security Coordinator would bring oversight and cohesion to our splintered election security strategy, and would be responsible for overseeing and coordinating all election security efforts across federal agencies. Russia was already successful once, and with Election Day so close, we need nothing less than an all-hands-on-deck response, including regular public briefings on an Election Security Coordinator’s progress and work,” said Congresswoman Kathleen Rice. “Before they go to the polls in November, the American people deserve real assurance that our government is taking every necessary step to protect our elections. Anything less is unacceptable.”

The letter urges the President to “immediately appoint an Election Security Coordinator…to oversee and organize election security efforts across the federal government.”

Signers of the letter included:

Mike Coffman (CO-6)

Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-8)

Jim Himes (CT-4)

John Katko (NY-24)

Derek Kilmer (WA-6)

Leonard Lance  (NJ-7)

Mike Quigley (IL-5)

Kathleen Rice  (NY-4)

Bradley Schneider (IL-10)

Elise Stefanik (NY-21)

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