Senator Susan Collins joined Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today in introducing the Secure Elections Act, a bill to strengthen election cybersecurity in America and protect against foreign interference in future elections.
During the 2016 election, intelligence reports have factually established that Russia hacked presidential campaign accounts, launched cyberattacks against at least 21 state election systems, and attacked a US voting systems software company.
While there is no evidence that a single vote outcome was tampered with, the senators say that this is a dangerous precedent, and should be a wake-up call for the 2018 election cycle.
To protect against these threats, the Secure Elections Act streamlines cybersecurity information-sharing between federal intelligence entities and state election agencies; provides security clearances to state election officials; and provides support for state election cybersecurity operations.
The senators say that the bipartisan solution to fix these existing problems aims to bolster the election systems against future threats while protecting states' primacy in running elections.