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Testimony on Election Subversion Before the Committee on House Administration

Gowri Ramachandran, senior counsel, testified before the Committee on House Administration about disinformation and the growing threat of election subversion.

Published: July 28, 2021

On July 28, 2021, Gowri Ramachandran, senior coun­sel at the Bren­nan Center for Justice, test­i­fied before the Commit­tee on House Admin­is­tra­tion about disin­form­a­tion and the danger that the grow­ing threat of elec­tion subver­sion poses to elec­tion offi­cials.

Congress and the federal govern­ment have an import­ant role to play in protect­ing these offi­cials. Fund­ing can be provided to help keep elec­tion offi­cials and work­ers safe. Resources can also be provided to combat disin­form­a­tion, through fund­ing for audit­able paper ballot systems and support­ing the work of agen­cies like the EAC and CISA. Finally, Congress can protect the local guard­i­ans of demo­cracy from partisan attacks, through legis­la­tion such as the For the People Act that sets a national baseline for voter access and vote count­ing proced­ures, and that can incor­por­ate direct protec­tions from partisan removals. These are the first steps that we must take in order to protect our elec­tion offi­cials, and to protect our demo­cracy.