Democrats Continue To Mislead On Election Security

02.11.20

Two Months Ago, Congress Approved Another $425 Million For Election Security, For A Total Of Over $800 Million Since 2018

2018: “Congress provided $380 million in election security funding as part of its massive spending bill, a move that reflects the growing consensus in Washington that more needs to be done to ensure the integrity of America’s elections…. It’s the largest distribution of funds from the federal government to states in the area of election security since Congress passed the Help America Vote Act in 2002 …” (“A Rare Bipartisan Effort In Congress Would Help States Fight Hackers Ahead Of The 2018 Midterms,” Business Insider, 3/22/2018)[1]

2019: “Congress will approve a total of $425 million in election security funding, according to two sources familiar with the deal…. It’s the biggest influx of cash to bolster US election infrastructure since the 2016 election … Congress also passed $380 million for election security in the appropriations bill of 2018.” (“Congress To Approve $425 Million For Election Security Upgrades,” CNN, 12/16/2019)[2]

  • SEN. PAT LEAHY (D-VT), Senate Appropriations Committee Ranking Member: “Importantly, the agreement includes $425 million for Election Security grants … This funding will build upon funding provided in fiscal year 2018 to continue to help states upgrade election technology, improve cybersecurity, and help prevent future cyberattacks.” (U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Minority, Press Release, 12/19/2019)[3]

“U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today the Senate approved $425 million for states to enhance their voting systems. Kentucky is expected to receive more than $6 million of that funding, which is included in the Fiscal Year 2020 government-funding agreement.” (Sen. McConnell, Press Release, 12/19/2019)[4]

  • SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “Preserving the integrity of our elections is vital for the security and future of our country, and I’m determined to continue to provide Kentucky and all states with the resources they need to protect the ballot box. Working with the Trump administration—which helped make the past two elections a success—we’re bolstering the work of states and localities as they modernize and safeguard their systems.” (Sen. McConnell, Press Release, 12/19/2019)[5]

The Trump Administration Made New Commitments To Election Security And Elections In 2018 And 2019 Were Protected

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ACTING SECRETARY CHAD WOLF: “As we saw in 2016, we fully expect Russia to attempt to interfere in the 2020 elections to sow public discord and undermine our democratic institutions. Let me be clear: We are prepared. And more importantly, the state and local officials who run our elections are prepared. We are working with our Federal partners to make sure those officials on the frontlines of our elections have the information and the tools they need to combat Russian interference. We are also working to make sure the American people understand how the Russians seek to undermine confidence in our elections, and the simple steps they can take to avoid amplifying foreign influence campaigns. We were prepared in 2018, when DHS established classified and unclassified election war rooms. These war rooms connected election officials in all 50 states, political parties, social media companies and agencies across the U.S. Government, including DOD, the FBI and the Intelligence Community. Our efforts helped make the 2018 elections the most secure elections in the modern era. In 2020, we’re doing this and more to prevent our adversaries from degrading faith in our democracy and election results.” (DHS Acting Secretary Wolf, Remarks, 1/17/2020)[6]

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