Bill to strengthen cybersecurity for voting systems

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U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and others introduced legislation to add the Department of Homeland Security as a member of the Election Assistance Commission’s committee that develops guidelines for the cybersecurity standards of voting systems.

The Voting System Cybersecurity Act of 2019 would ensure that a cybersecurity expert from DHS is involved in crafting the voluntary voting system guidelines established by the EAC that voting system manufacturers use when creating their products.

“Americans should be confident that their votes will be cast and counted correctly when they go to the polls,” said Senator Peters. “We can ensure that cybersecurity plays a more prominent role in the design of voting systems by giving cybersecurity experts a designated seat at the table. Protecting our elections is a matter of national security, and our legislation makes sure the right people are part of the process from step one.”

This legislation leverages DHS’s cybersecurity expertise by formalizing its participation in the committee that crafts the guidelines used to inform and evaluate how voting systems should perform in elections and under certain conditions. The Voting System Cybersecurity Act of 2019 requires a DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) representative with operational expertise in cybersecurity be included as a member of the TGDC.

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