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22.May, 2019 Comments Off on Congressional Hearing Highlights Importance of Federal-State Partnerships in Election Cybersecurity

Congressional Hearing Highlights Importance of Federal-State Partnerships in Election Cybersecurity

On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Reform Committee held a hearing, “Securing U.S. Election Infrastructure and Protecting Political Discourse”. While partisan chatter often dominates the discussion on securing our elections from cyberattacks, industry leaders and agency officials had the opportunity to present a fact-based review of the steps required to…

20.May, 2019 Comments Off on House of Representatives Pushing Haphazard Election Overhauls

House of Representatives Pushing Haphazard Election Overhauls

Opponents of H.R. 1 were galvanized last week, as proponents of the legislation indicated their intentions to enact individual provisions of the law using a “piecemeal” strategy. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer highlighted this intention Thursday, catching opponents in the Senate off guard. Rather than focus on improving the security…

16.May, 2019 Comments Off on Senate Introduces Voting System Cybersecurity Act to Strengthen Elections

Senate Introduces Voting System Cybersecurity Act to Strengthen Elections

On Tuesday,  the Voting System Cybersecurity Act of 2019 was introduced into the United States Senate, demonstrating a bi-partisan commitment to securing our election administration and infrastructure. The legislation, if passed in both chambers, would add a representative of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to…

13.May, 2019 Comments Off on House Administration Committee Highlights Importance of Decentralization and Agreement on Election Vulnerabilities

House Administration Committee Highlights Importance of Decentralization and Agreement on Election Vulnerabilities

  On Wednesday, the Secretaries of State of Michigan and Alabama appeared before the House Administration Committee in order to advocate for increased funding and support to safeguard our elections against cyber attacks.   The hearing demonstrated that both sides of the political aisle are in agreement that cyberattacks pose…

8.May, 2019 Comments Off on New Election Proposals in Minnesota’s House Would Abandon Bi-Partisan Tradition

New Election Proposals in Minnesota’s House Would Abandon Bi-Partisan Tradition

Recent proposals to significantly alter elections in Minnesota have raised concerns from advocates of free and fair elections. Adherents of good governance in Minnesota have addressed that anything but bi-partisan, or non-partisan, fixes to the election laws would bring about a “partisan arms-race”, and thus, honored an unwritten tradition that…

3.May, 2019 Comments Off on Recent Judicial Opinions Override the Will of the People in Redistricting Battle

Recent Judicial Opinions Override the Will of the People in Redistricting Battle

As states look to strengthen their election systems heading into the 2020 election, federal courts are handing down rulings that could significantly distract from their efforts, if not alter the electoral landscape altogether. Among the recent rulings include orders to redraw district maps in Ohio, Mississippi, Michigan, and Maryland that…

2.May, 2019 Comments Off on Overview: House Oversight and Reform Hearing “Protecting the Right to Vote: Best and Worst Practices”

Overview: House Oversight and Reform Hearing “Protecting the Right to Vote: Best and Worst Practices”

Yesterday, the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held a hearing titled “Protecting the Right to Vote: Best and Worst Practices”. The Subcommittee featured testimony from four witnesses: Dale Ho of the ACLU, Leigh M. Chapman of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights,…

24.Apr, 2019 Comments Off on Ballot Integrity Measures Being Cast as Suppression in Key States

Ballot Integrity Measures Being Cast as Suppression in Key States

National Public Radio’s recent article on election reforms in traditionally conservative states demonstrates a fundamental media bias against strengthening the protection of the ballot box, at a crucial moment when Americans’ trust in their ballot being counted is in jeopardy.   Highlighting the reforms in states such as Texas, Tennessee,…

19.Apr, 2019 Comments Off on State Legislators Pushing Changes to Absentee Balloting

State Legislators Pushing Changes to Absentee Balloting

Heading into the 2020 election, statehouses across the nation are increasing legislative activity promoting election “fixes”. Florida, Delaware, and Iowa are examples of states that have recently considered significant legislation changing the electoral processes.   Florida’s proposal, SB7088 and it’s counterpart, HB 7101, would “prohibit supervisors from mailing out ballots…

30.Jan, 2019 Comments Off on House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on HR 1

House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on HR 1

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on HR 1.  Hans von Spakovsky of The Heritage Foundation testified (internal citations omitted): In summary, many of the provisions of H.R. 1 are clearly unconstitutional. Others are redundant and unnecessary, covering areas and issues where existing federal law is more than…