facebook linkedin twitter

Comprehensive Election Security Legislation Introduced by House Committee Chairs

May 10, 2019 by Dan McCue
Westsiders cast their votes at the polling place inside the Life Guard Headquarters on June 7, 2016 in Venice, Calif. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Democrats on two House committees and a key House task force Friday introduced legislation they say will help protect next year’s elections from malevolent attacks and foreign interference.

The Bill, H.R. 2660, otherwise known as the Election Security Act, was introduced by Representatives Bennie Thompson, D-Miss, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security; Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Committee on House Administration; and John Sarbanes, D-Md., chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force.

Drafted in response to Russia’s widespread efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, the Act would require states use paper ballots; establish cybersecurity standards for voting systems vendors; fund grants for states to improve and maintain the security of their election systems, and to provide cybersecurity training to election officials, and to implement post-election risk limiting audits.

It would also require the Department of Homeland Security and the Election Assistance Commission to issue recommendations to address threats; require the testing of voting systems nine months before an election; and require the president to produce a national strategy for protecting democratic institutions.

Finally, it mandates the creation of a new National Commission to Protect United States Democratic Institutions.

“With the 2020 elections just 18 months away, we cannot afford to be complacent about the security of our elections,” Representatives Thompson said. “Nothing less than the integrity of our democracy is at stake.

“Russia successfully attacked our elections in 2016 and it is clear they will try to again next year,” he continued. “Despite repeated warnings from well-respected national security officials the White House has failed to lead a whole-of-government effort to keep our adversaries out of our elections, so Congress will step up.”  

Thompson went on to say protecting the integrity of elections should not be a partisan issue.

“I strongly urge my Republican colleagues to join us and start handling this issue with the seriousness and urgency it demands. The American people deserve no less than full confidence in their vote,” he said.

Chairwoman Lofgren released the below statement on moving the Election Security Act:

“No matter your side of the aisle, our oath to the Constitution is fundamental,” Lofgren agreed. “Federal action is needed now to protect our voting systems which are at the core of our democracy. Solutions that can be implemented before the next federal election cycle in 2020 are essential and why I intend to quickly call up an election security bill for consideration in the Committee on House Administration.”

The Election Security Act was originally introduced by Representative Thompson last year after he co-chaired the Congressional Task Force on Election Security. Representative Lofgren was also a member of the Task Force. Major provisions of the legislation were included in H.R. 1, which was sponsored by Congressman Sarbanes and passed the House earlier this year.

Bill One Page Summary

Bill Text

Elections

November 23, 2021
by Dan McCue
FEC Approves Rental of Schiff Campaign Email List to Promote New Book

WASHINGTON — Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is free to rent the email list compiled by his principal campaign committee, Schiff... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is free to rent the email list compiled by his principal campaign committee, Schiff for Congress, to promote his new memoir, “Midnight in Washington,” the Federal Election Commission said in an advisory opinion announced Wednesday. Random House, a division of... Read More

November 20, 2021
by Dan McCue
Early Voting Underway for Atlanta’s Nov. 30 Race for Mayor

ATLANTA — Early voting kicked off this week for Georgia’s 2021 runoff elections, the most watched being the race to... Read More

ATLANTA — Early voting kicked off this week for Georgia’s 2021 runoff elections, the most watched being the race to finally decide who will be Atlanta’s next mayor. City Council President Felicia Moore and Council Member Andre Dickens are facing off in the mayoral runoff after... Read More

November 15, 2021
by Reece Nations
Beto O’Rourke Announces Bid for Texas Governor

EL PASO, Texas — Former El Paso congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke announced on Monday that he... Read More

EL PASO, Texas — Former El Paso congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke announced on Monday that he is running for governor of Texas. In the video announcing his candidacy, O’Rourke focused closely on the Texas government’s slow response to Winter Storm Uri in... Read More

November 12, 2021
by Dan McCue
District Court Says FEC Dropped Ball on Political Committee Case

WASHINGTON — The Federal Elections Commissions failed to act on an administrative complaint from the Campaign Legal Center in a... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Elections Commissions failed to act on an administrative complaint from the Campaign Legal Center in a timely fashion and must now resolve the matter within the next 30 days, a federal court ruled Thursday. The ruling stems from a complaint the Campaign... Read More

November 4, 2021
by Dan McCue
Murphy Narrowly Wins Reelection as New Jersey’s Governor

TRENTON, N.J. —The nail biter is over. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has been elected to a second term in... Read More

TRENTON, N.J. —The nail biter is over. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has been elected to a second term in the state’s highest office. As of Thursday morning, the Democratic incumbent was leading Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli by 37,293 votes, with 91% of the state’s election... Read More

November 3, 2021
by Dan McCue
Youngkin Wins In Virginia; In Stunner, NJ Remains Too Close to Call

WASHINGTON — Republican Glenn Youngkin won the nation’s most watched gubernatorial contest on Tuesday, edging out Democrat Terry McAuliffe in... Read More

WASHINGTON — Republican Glenn Youngkin won the nation’s most watched gubernatorial contest on Tuesday, edging out Democrat Terry McAuliffe in a race widely seen as an early referendum on the Biden administration and Congressional Democrats. As of Wednesday morning, with 2724 of 2855 Virginia’s precincts reporting,... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top