Sending Office: Honorable Tulsi Gabbard
Cosponsor the Securing America’s Elections Act of 2019
Cosponsors: Eleanor Holmes Norton, Dean Phillips
Organizational Support: Common Cause
According to a recent joint assessment by the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation, there were attempts to hack into our country’s elections systems in all 50 states in the 2016 election.
DEF CON’s Voting Village, a subset of one of the world’s largest hacker conference focusing on U.S. election infrastructure, released a September 2018 report discovering a wide-range of hacking vulnerabilities in voting equipment currently used throughout
the country, including in electronic voting machines. Moreover, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission also released a report showing a slow pace of spending by some states towards fully upgrading their election infrastructure, including the replacement
of hackable voting machines.
This raises the urgent need for Congress to act to ensure we have secure, elections infrastructure ahead of the 2020 elections.
To protect the integrity of our elections, I introduced the Securing America’s Elections Act of 2019. This bill would ensure voter-verified, paper ballots in federal elections, provide an opportunity for voters to correct system errors,
and require that verified paper ballots be produced and counted to resolve any inconsistencies or irregularities in electronic ballot tallies. This bill achieves this by:
- Requiring the use of verified paper ballots in federal elections that would be approved by each voter before it is cast and counted. The paper ballots would be made available to election officials in the event of an audit or recount.
- Requiring that voters have the right to correct any error made by the verified paper ballot system before a permanent ballot is preserved for official records.
- Requiring that any inconsistencies or irregularities between electronic and paper vote tallies be determined by hand counting voter-verified paper ballots in order to produce a correct record, and ultimate determination, of the total the votes cast.
- Authorize emergency funding to empower every state to use voter-verified paper ballots that produce an auditable paper trail ahead of the 2020 elections.
- Require the Department of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Election Assistance Commission, to study the feasibility of using open-source software in voting systems.
The American people need to have faith and trust in America’s elections infrastructure and that the votes they cast will be counted. This bill ensures our upcoming elections are hack-proof by providing the American people with an auditable, paper record
of their votes, protecting against anyone who seeks to manipulate or change the outcome of our elections.
If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor this legislation, please contact Andres Chovil in my office at
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