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Date: Wed, 15 May 2019 22:48:26 PDT

Maggie Miller, The Hill, 15 May 2019

Senate Dems introduce election security bill requiring paper ballots https://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/443809-senate-dems-introduce-election-security-bill-requiring-paper-ballots

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and a group of 12 other senators introduced a bill
Wednesday to mandate the use of paper ballots in U.S. elections and also ban all Internet, Wi-Fi and mobile connections to voting machines in order to limit the potential for cyber interference.

Wyden's office described the Protecting American Votes and Elections (PAVE)
Act as ``providing the strongest protections for American elections of any proposal currently before Congress.''

The legislation would also give the Department of Homeland Security the power to set minimum cybersecurity standards for U.S. voting machines, authorize a one-time $500 million grant program for states to buy ballot-scanning machines to count paper ballots and require states to conduct risk-limiting audits of all federal elections in order to detect any cyber hacks.

Among the bill's co-sponsors are 2020 presidential candidates Sens. Bernie
Sanders (I-Vt.),Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten
Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). Rep. Earl Blumenauer
(D-Ore.) is planning to introduce a companion bill in the House.

``The Russian government interfered in American elections in 2016 and if we don't stop them, they and other governments are going to do it again,''
Wyden said in a statement. ``The administration refuses to do what it takes to protect our democracy, so Congress has to step up. Our bill will give voters the confidence they need that our elections are secure.''

Blumenauer said that ``if the 2016 and 2018 elections taught us anything, it is that our election security systems are woefully inadequate.'' [...]

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