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AG Mark Herring Joins Bipartisan Coalition Urging Congress to Protect Election Integrity


Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring keeps on churning out strong work in a wide variety of areas, this time election integrity. Nice job.

RICHMOND (July 24, 2018) – Attorney General Mark R. Herring has joined a bipartisan coalition of 21 Attorneys General in urging congressional leaders to improve American cyber security and protect the integrity of the upcoming 2018 midterm election, and elections to come, against cyberattacks and infiltrations like the ones committed by Russia in 2016. The latest investigations into that attack shows Russian hackers targeted the American electoral system, stole the private information of hundreds of thousands of people, and infiltrated a company that supplies voting software across the nation, putting the upcoming election at serious risk.
“Fair and free elections are the bedrock of our democracy and protecting the integrity of the American voting system is a vital, bipartisan issue,” said Attorney General Herring. “We must take every precaution to make sure that what happened in 2016, when Russian hackers infiltrated state and local election boards, does not happen again. Congress has a responsibility step up and protect our elections and prevent any future cyber-attacks.”
The coalition of AG’s urged three steps in addressing election security concerns.
  • Prioritizing and acting on election-security legislation, with the understanding that the Secure Elections Act (S.2261) is before the Senate at this time and may address some of our concerns.
  • Increasing funding for the Election Assistance Commission to support election security improvements at the state level and to protect the personal data of the voters of our states. Many states lack the resources and tools they need to protect the polls during this year’s upcoming elections. Additional funding will not only allow states to upgrade election systems, but will also allow for a comprehensive security risk assessment. Unfortunately, past practice has shown that the existing Election Assistance Commission grants are simply insufficient to provide for the upgraded technology needed. More funding is essential to adequately equip states with the financial resources we need to safeguard our democracy and protect the data of voting members in our states.
  • Supporting the development of cybersecurity standards for voting systems to prevent potential future foreign attacks. It is critical that there be a combined effort between governments and security experts to protect against the increased cyber threats posed by foreign entities seeking to weaken our institutions.
This bipartisan coalition includes attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Delaware, The District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington.
A copy of the letter can be found here.
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