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Congressional Testimony: Election Security

Lawrence Norden testified before the Committee on House Administration, in a hearing entitled “Election Security.”

Published: May 8, 2019

On May 8, 2019, Demo­cracy Deputy Director Lawrence Norden test­i­fied before the Commit­tee on House Admin­is­tra­tion in a hear­ing entitled “Elec­tion Secur­ity.” This hear­ing provided an oppor­tun­ity for the Commit­tee to consider options to improve the integ­rity of our elec­tion infra­struc­ture.    

The Bren­nan Center testi­mony emphas­ized three points: the United States has made import­ant progress since 2016 in protect­ing its elec­tion infra­struc­ture; while Special Coun­sel Robert Mueller’s report confirmed a “sweep­ing and systemic” attack on Amer­ican elec­tions in 2016, there are several reas­ons to believe the threat against our elec­tion infra­struc­ture will be even greater in 2020; there is more to do to protect our elec­tions in 2020 and beyond, and Congress has a crit­ical lead­er­ship and part­ner­ship role to play.

The testi­mony went on to detail the crit­ical work to be done ahead of the 2020 Elec­tion and beyond, such as repla­cing paper­less voting equip­ment, expand­ing the use of robust post-elec­tion audits, upgrad­ing elec­tion-related computer systems and websites, and provid­ing more cyber­se­cur­ity resources to local elec­tion juris­dic­tions.  Finally, the testi­mony stressed the crit­ical role Congress must play, both in part­ner­ing with states and local govern­ments by fund­ing needed secur­ity steps, and provid­ing direc­tion about how that federal money should be used.

Read the full testi­mony here