(From Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas)
One of the most sacred privileges we as Americans are afforded is our freedom to participate in democracy through elections. Therefore, we must make certain our elections remain honest, secure and free from invasive influences. I am a cosponsor of the Secure Elections Act, which includes $380 million for states and local election entities to implement expert-generated cybersecurity guidelines and replace outdated and vulnerable voting machines. This legislation would help better safeguard our systems while reaffirming the leadership role states play in administering federal elections. Additionally, Congress recently approved $380 million for states to improve election security.
It’s clear that criminals, including foreign state actors, have interfered and continue to attempt to interfere in our elections. While much of this conversation involves bad actors manipulating hearts and minds on social media, the more pressing issue is the intrusion into our voting infrastructure and back-end systems, such as county-run voter registration rolls, which inform bad actors on how to focus their efforts. I will continue working with my colleagues to pass this important legislation.