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Election Security Bills Finally Progressing in Congress

January 08, 2019 / Wayne Rash

After years of contention about real and imagined security attacks on U.S. elections, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider and then pass H.R. 1, also known as the “For the People Act of 2019,” which includes provisions that would improve election security and help states improve their voting systems, as well as require transparency in political activities and strengthen ethics rules. If passed, the bill would provide money so that states could replace their existing insecure voting machines, as well as require breach notification and set security standards for voting machines purchased using the federal funds. A primary feature of the new standards would be a requirement that voting machines use paper ballots. A similar bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate late in 2017 but was never considered. That bill was S.2261, the Secure Elections Act. This was a bipartisan bill, and the sponsors have said that they intend to reintroduce it early in the new Cong...