March 15, 2018
The Call – #ProtectOurVote #PaperBallots Russia hacked into state voter systems in the 2016 election, successfully penetrating several of the systems in the 21 states they attempted to hack. The heads of U.S. intelligence agencies unanimously testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russia is determined to interfere with our mid-term elections and could cause havoc by tampering with state voter systems. Our state election systems desperately need to be upgraded: one in four U.S. voters vote on a system with no paper trail, and many others vote on systems that give the voter a receipt, but leave no paper trail that would allow the state to audit the accuracy of the vote count. Most states have been attempting to harden their systems against cyber-attacks, but many lack the funds and expertise to get it done before the 2018 elections. House Democrats issued a comprehensive review of state voter system vulnerabilities and want $400 million in the Omnibus Appropriations bill which could be voted on as early as next week to help states convert to paper ballots and harden their systems against cyber-attacks. Your Action Call your House Representative and urge him or her to provide money in the Omnibus Appropriations bill to help states convert to paper ballots that provide an audit trail and harden cyber security defenses. Talking Points
This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [CITY, STATE].
Russia attacked our 2016 elections, including hacks into state election systems, and the U.S. intelligence community says they will try again this year.
We need more help from the federal government to protect against an attack on state election systems.
I urge [Rep____] to include funds in the Omnibus Appropriations bill to help states convert to paper ballot voting systems that can be audited, and harden cyber security defenses.
The integrity of our election systems is core to our democracy; Congress must act now to protect the midterms.