Kaptur sponsors Election Security Act to safeguard elections from attacks to undermine democracy

March 5, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09) cosponsored the Election Security Act, H.R. 5011, which provides cybersecurity resources and guidance to states to protect election systems. The bill currently has 52 cosponsors.

“Ohio was one of the targeted states in this attack on American democracy, and as we learn more and more about how our elections are at risk and how Russia interfered in the 2016 Presidential election, it is crucial that we work to improve our election infrastructure,” said Kaptur. “Elections are meant to be the voice of the people, and I want to reassure the people that their rights as voters are secure.”

The Election Security Act would work towards improving the security of election infrastructure in the United States by updating paper ballot systems, improving election cybersecurity and increasing accessibility for voters. Through financial grants for eligible states, the government would be able to facilitate a system that would safeguard election infrastructure, while keeping the integrity of the voter’s intent. Read a fact sheet on the bill here.

 

The bill is based on a report by the Congressional Task Force on Election Security. You can read the report here.

 

 

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