Democracy only works if we participate in it, and the American people will only participate if they believe that the votes they cast will be counted.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, 21 U.S. states’ electoral systems were the targets of attempted hacking in the 2016 election. Shortly after, at the world’s longest-running and largest hacking conference, DEFCON 25 revealed startling cyber vulnerabilities in US election infrastructure.
If these insecurities in our infrastructure are successfully exploited by those who seek to manipulate the results, this poses a serious threat to our democracy. But even in the absence of a successful attempt, the uncertainty created by these insecurities undermines the confidence of American voters and their willingness to participate at all.
Fortunately, there is a solution. On Thursday, I re-introduced the Securing America’s Elections Act (H.R.1946), a bill that would require the use of voter-verified paper ballots or a paper ballot backup in federal elections that can be audited as needed. Paper backups would serve as the correct record in the event of any inconsistencies or irregularities between electronic and paper vote tallies.
Click here to show your support for this bill that would address the extreme vulnerabilities within our nation’s elections infrastructure.
My bill ensures our upcoming elections are hack-proof by providing the American people with an auditable, reliable, paper record of their votes, protecting against anyone who seeks to manipulate or change the outcome of our elections.
We know this system works. In 2017, Virginia moved to a voter-verified paper ballot system following the DEFCON revelations. The Virginia Department of Elections stated they did not receive a single complaint questioning the integrity of the 2017 election and produced the highest voter turnout in two decades.
True democracy is precious, rare and must be protected. It takes all of us, standing united, to ensure everyone who wants to vote can, and every vote is counted.
So stand with me to protect our democracy and ensure everyone has a voice.
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