WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, Sept. 21, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04)
will announce the introduction of the “Election Infrastructure and
Security Promotion Act of 2016,” which requires the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) to designate our voting systems as critical
infrastructure and the “Election Integrity Act,” which will limit the
purchase of any new voting systems that do not provide durable
voter-verified paper ballots.
When DHS labels an asset as critical infrastructure, it heightens its
security obligations and requires DHS to provide increased support. The
bill authorizes the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to invest in new developments
in open source voting technology.
The Election Integrity Act will also establish protocols when there is
a voting system failure and calls for operational security standards for
voting systems used in federal elections.
“In the wake of the DNC server hack and well-documented efforts by
states to suppress the vote, citizens are rightly concerned,” said Rep.
Johnson. “We must work to reduce the vulnerability of our crucial voting
systems, protect the security and integrity of our electoral process,
and ensure all Americans have the opportunity to vote.”
WHO: Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04); other members of Congress;
WHAT: Introduction of the “Election Infrastructure and Security
Promotion Act” and the “Election Integrity Act”;
WHEN: Wednesday, September 21 from 10-10:45 a.m.;
WHERE: House Triangle | In case of inclement weather: Longworth 1732.