Congresswoman Lori Trahan Statement on Passage of Critical Cyber and Election Security Legislation
Washington, June 27, 2019
Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Lori Trahan (D-MA-03) released this statement following the passage of H.R. 2722, the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act of 2019.
“The need to safeguard the security and integrity of our elections is urgent. That is why today, I voted in favor of the SAFE Act. We know that Russia interfered in our 2016 elections. We also know that the Administration has done nothing to prevent Russia or other hostile actors from interfering again. The legislation passed by the House this afternoon provides funding to states to replace outdated and vulnerable voting equipment, mandates paper ballot voting systems and requires post-election audits to ensure election integrity, and mandates strict cybersecurity requirements for both election technology vendors and for voting systems. These are all important, commonsense provisions that build off of reforms included in H.R. 1, the For the People Act. Our elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. We must take great care to protect them at all costs,” said Rep. Trahan.
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