WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) joined a bipartisan group of senators to cosponsor the Secure Elections Act. In the wake of Russian interference in the 2016 elections, the Secure Elections Act would strengthen America’s election cybersecurity and protect against potential foreign interference by streamlining cybersecurity information-sharing between the federal intelligence community and state election agencies and providing critical ?resources to local election organizations to replace vulnerable technology.
“One of the most sacred privileges we as Americans are afforded is our freedom to participate in democracy through elections,” said Sen. Moran. “Therefore, we must make certain our elections remain honest, secure and free from invasive influences. Concerningly, backend election systems – including voter registration databases, ballot creation systems, voting machine configuration systems, absentee processing and reporting, and tabulation software – are increasingly vulnerable and have been compromised by both private and state actors. The Secure Elections Act helps better safeguard our systems while reaffirming the leadership role states play in administering federal elections, and I urge my colleagues to support this critical legislation to protect future elections.”
The Secure Elections Act was introduced by Senators James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and is cosponsored by Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Angus King (I-Maine), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.).
The Secure Elections Act:
- Reaffirms individual state leadership in administering federal elections;
- Ensures the federal government promptly shares election cybersecurity threats and information with state, county and municipal election agencies;
- Provides security clearances to appropriate state officials so they can access and act quickly on classified cybersecurity information;
- Develops, through a panel of independent experts and an open process, a set of voluntary cybersecurity guidelines for election-related systems;
- Provides grants to states for implementation of the cybersecurity guidelines and replacing outdated electronic voting machines.