The Sorry State of U.S. Election Security Makes Foreign Interference Inevitable

The Sorry State of U.S. Election Security Makes Foreign Interference Inevitable
Pages from the Senate Intelligence Committee report that details Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, photographed in Washington, July 26, 2019 (AP photo by Jon Elswick).

As the United States girds for highly contentious and consequential elections later this year, federal agencies and local officials remain woefully unprepared to deal with the high likelihood of foreign interference. The House of Representatives has passed three bills to address election-related vulnerabilities, but none has been taken up by the Senate, leaving gaping deficiencies in election infrastructure and the balloting process. A congressional appropriation of $425 million for election security, enacted last month as part of a broader spending package, will help local officials with urgent needs, but it comes late in the cycle and fails to create a […]

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