As primaries ramp up in states around the U.S., issues about election cybersecurity are mounting too. This week, a gaggle of Democratic senators offered a bill to mitigate one of the well-established dangers that the country’s asymmetric mixture of balloting machines and election techniques poses.
The new bill, referred to as the Protecting American Votes and Elections Act, proposes two important measures. First, as a result of now not all virtual balloting techniques produce a paper path, it might require all state and native elections to verify that their apparatus produces voter-verified paper ballots that may also be cross-referenced. Second, for all federal elections irrespective of result, state and native governments can be required to habits audits evaluating virtual ballots to a random collection of paper ballots. The latter coverage would quilt the 22 states that lately don’t require audits following elections.
“Leaving the fate of America’s democracy up to hackable election machines is like leaving your front door open, unlocked and putting up a sign that says ‘out of town.’ It’s not a question of if bad guys get in, it’s just a question of when,” Oregon Senator Ron Wyden stated in a remark accompanying the bill.
Wyden is joined through Democratic Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Ed Markey, Jeff Merkley, Patty Murray and Elizabeth Warren at the law. Congressman Earl Blumenauer plans to introduce a corresponding bill in the home.
“We know that Russia hacked into American voter systems to influence our election – and we know they’ll try to do it again,” Sen. Warren stated. “Our national security experts have warned us that the country’s election infrastructure is vulnerable – this bill will take important steps to help secure it.”
While the bill isn’t a bipartisan proposal — but, anyway — those identical measures are extensively supported through election security professionals in addition to the Department of Homeland Security and a Senate Intelligence Committee report providing suggestions for securing the vote from previous this yr.
The complete textual content of the bill is embedded beneath.