Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) introduced the Secure Elections Act, a bipartisan bill to safeguard US elections from foreign interference, but it seems to be lose in a congressional black hole.
The bill would have made substantial changes to the way states protect their voting systems. It proposes to give security clearances to the top election official in each state so they can stay updated on any real-time threats which may impact their voting systems.
Additionally. the bill establishes a formal channel among the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies to coordinate and share information relevant to the security of each state’s elections. If such machines replaced models that do not have the paper ballot retention, it would help states keep an accurate vote count in the event of a cyberattack.
Curiously, the White House doesn’t like the bipartisan bill. That’s especially strange as the Trump administration was so worried about fraud after the 2016 election, the now-defunct Presidential Commission on Election Integrity was created.
Per Yahoo News, White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters said that the government, and mainly DHS, “has all the statutory authority it needs to assist state and local officials to improve the security of existing election infrastructure.”
Yahoo also reported that it was ultimately disapproval coming from the White House that put a halt on consideration of the bill in the powerful Senate Rules and Administration Committee, which oversees federal elections.
On Wednesday, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), the panel’s chair, canceled one of the committee sessions that would have led to a full Senate vote on the bill in October.
It’s almost like the Trump administration never really cared about the integrity of our democratic process and only wanted to suppress and intimidate voters.