Deutch, House Democrats Pass Major Election Security Bill
This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act of 2019 (H.R. 2722), legislation to guard against foreign interference in our democracy.
This bill would provide funding to states to replace outdated and vulnerable voting equipment, mandate paper ballot voting systems and risk-limiting post-election audits, and mandate strict cybersecurity requirements for both election technology vendors and for voting systems.
"We know that Russians interfered in our 2016 election, and national security experts have warned that they will do it again in 2020," said Congressman Deutch. "After learning that some of our election systems were hacked in 2016, Floridians expect a strong response to bolster election security. This bill will defend our elections by setting strict cybersecurity standards, requiring regular audits, and mandating the use of paper ballots will help to prevent election manipulation and interference. This is a crucial step toward updating and securing our election infrastructure and protecting our democracy."
The SAFE Act is supported by organizations including Common Cause, People for the American Way, End Citizens United Action Fund, Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, NAACP, and Public Citizen.
The SAFE Act: