Special Counsel Robert Mueller III's investigation found that foreign actors attempted to interfere with and influence our 2016 elections, including through targeted attacks on local election administration agencies across the country and the people who worked for those entities.
Foreign actors will attempt to interfere in our election again. Yet, the key vulnerabilities that foreign governments targeted in 2016 have persisted in our elections infrastructure through the 2018 midterms. As 2020 approaches, we remain at risk.
There are crucial steps that we need to take to safeguard our election systems for the 2020 election and beyond. First, Congress must approve a robust additional assistance package to state elections administrators that will help them prepare for 2020. Additionally, as Colorado’s Senator, John will go further, introducing new legislation to help all states implement the security measures that election experts have recommended to ensure election integrity, including:
- Use of paper ballots as a backup; and
- Rigorous post-election audits; and
- State-of-the-art voting machines.
Now is the time to prepare our election systems for 2020, to prevent cyberattacks that could undermine the viability and credibility of major elections for the U.S. House, Senate, and Presidency. But, in the face of this critical risk to our democracy, the Republican-controlled Senate, and the Trump administration, have failed to act.
As Colorado's next U.S. Senator, John will be a fierce, tough advocate for the protection of who we are as a democratic nation and as a free people. We can and must meet this threat, put the security of our country over party politics, and take decisive action to defend our elections.