Sending Office: Honorable Rodney Davis
Current Cosponsors: Reps. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), Mark Walker (R-NC), Denver Rigglemann (R-VA), Jim Hagedorn (R-MN), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), John Katko (R-NY), and Don Young (R-AK)
What we saw on Monday, February 3rd from the Iowa Democratic Party during the Iowa Caucuses was preventable. Unfortunately, there are currently no official “best practices” or guidelines issued by the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in place for this
sort of non-voting election technology which was used. The state party also chose not to take advantage of the Department of Homeland Security resources that are offered to test both the functionality and security of an application like what was used.
The last major piece of election legislation, the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), created EAC advisory committees that issue the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG), which apply to voting equipment you would see at a polling place. Since then,
our election technology and infrastructure has greatly modernized while election policy has stayed the same, and updating the VVSG has proven to be costly and time-consuming. Moreover, when Russia hacked our election technology in 2016, they didn’t
hack vote-tallying equipment or ballots, but voter registration databases and other election system technology for which HAVA does not provide guidance.
For this reason, I introduced the Protect American Voters Act (PAVA), which makes critical updates to HAVA addressing non-voting election technology. The bill directs the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to establish an Emerging Election Technology Committee
to advise the EAC on how to issue guidance for election technology that did not exist when HAVA was first passed almost twenty years ago. This committee will be more agile than the VVSG and much better equipped to establish these guidelines as technology in
the election space evolves.
The bottom line is we need to protect and secure all aspects of our election system – from the ballots themselves, to the voting machines, and to the more vulnerable technology we have such as electronic pollbooks, election night reporting technology, online
voter registration systems, electronic ballot delivery systems, and any other non-voting technology. I urge you to cosponsor this bill.
For more information or to cosponsor, please contact David Ross in Rep. Davis’ office at David.Ross@mail.house.gov.
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