WASHINGTON – During the Senate Republican leadership press conference today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, announced that the committee will soon consider election security legislation that would help ensure cybersecurity information sharing between federal, state, and local election officials and strengthen post-election auditing.
Following Are Excerpts From Blunt’s Remarks:
“[W]e’ll be marking up an election security bill in two weeks. We’ll put out, in a few days, a chairman’s mark, basically just updating the work that Senator Lankford and Senator Klobuchar have led on. You know, we’ve had a number of hearings in Rules. Intel has spent a lot of time on this issue, I think we all believe, at least, I certainly believe, that the diversity of the election system continues to be the strength of the system, that state and local officials, that are both answerable and responsible for what happens on election day, continue to be the people most concerned that everything go right.
“We also, I believe, are at the point we would want to legislate, which is the kind of cooperation and communication between federal officials, who have access to information and skills in areas like cybersecurity, that are fully communicating in ways that local election officials are now comfortable with. Largely, what we’ll try to do in this bill, is formalize and put in statute what’s happening right now. Largely what we'll try to do in this bill is formalize and put in statute what's happening right now. I think we can be confident that the things that need to secure an election are happening right now for this year, but who knows where we'd be two years from now or four years from now if we just let those processes continue to be the normal relationships.
“We're going to look at a bill that puts what's happening now in statute, that requires states to go in after the election in all states and have an audit process to look at a certain amount of precincts and be sure that they can even verify in an audit what happened on Election Day was what happened, and let voters know that. And so we're moving in that direction.”