Protecting YOUR Vote
July 16, 2018
Nearly two years after Russia interfered in the 2016 election, the United States election system remains grossly insecure and unprepared to react to potential threats. Cybersecurity experts have warned about these vulnerabilities in our election system since the dawn of the 21st century. While a few states, including Oregon, have passed legislation to ensure election security, Congress has looked the other way. With the November midterm elections fast approaching, it’s past time that Congress enacts a fix.
I’ve joined Senator Ron Wyden in introducing the Protecting American Votes and Elections Act, legislation that mandates paper ballots and routine, post-election risk-limiting audits for all federal elections. Taken together, these practices will allow officials to produce a verifiable record of the election, prevent foreign interference, and ensure the integrity of American elections.
Achieving a more accessible and representative democracy cannot be a partisan issue. Foreign intervention in American elections is something that all Americans must take seriously, regardless of politics. The stakes are too high for inaction.