From: The Honorable Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.
REQUIRE DHS TO PROTECT OUR ELECTORAL SYSTEMS
Become an Original Cosponsor of the
“Election Infrastructure and Security Promotion Act of 2016”
Endorsed by: Open Source Election Technology (OSET) Foundation, People Demanding Action, Progressive Democrats of America
Cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee and
state voter registration systems alert us to the real possibility of how vulnerable our electoral process could be to
outside disruption in the digital age. Not only is it embarrassing, but it risks altering the fundamental political landscape and destabilizes our elections. To mitigate these risks, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should designate our voting
systems as critical infrastructure.
Election Infrastructure and Security Promotion Act of 2016 calls on DHS to designate our voting systems as critical infrastructure under the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act. It requires DHS to submit to Congress a comprehensive plan on protecting
our critical electoral process from a variety of threats, including cyber terrorism. It calls on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop operational security standards to be used in federal elections and transparency standards
so that voters may verify their votes.
Finally, the bill authorizes the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish an election technology innovation program to support and promote research into improving our voting process. Currently, only
a small handful of companies engage in voting machine development. This bill will promote diversity and competition in this critical space by also requiring new developments
to be open source. This bill will lead to innovative developments in voting technology, including internet voting.
When DHS labels an asset as critical infrastructure, it heightens its security obligations and requires DHS to provide increased support – be it the power grid, water supply, or electoral infrastructure. The
White House is already calling for DHS to assist state and federal election officials so that breaches and future disruptions will be prevented. We cannot risk state-sponsored sabotage or lone-wolf attacks on our digital campaign or electoral infrastructure.
It risks crippling major campaigns and unduly impacting close elections.
I hope you will join me as an original cosponsor of the Election Infrastructure and Security Promotion Act. If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor, please contact Arya Hariharan at
firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 5-1562.
Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.