06/18/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/18/2019 13:50
Carson City, NV - In expressing his 'significant concern regarding the persistent threats to our election systems,' Attorney General Ford today joined a total 22 attorneys general from around the country to ask Congress to take action to protect the integrity of America's elections.
In a letter led by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and addressed to key U.S. Senators, Attorney General Ford and the other attorneys general ask Congress to provide additional election security grants to states and localities, support the establishment of cybersecurity and audit standards for election systems, and pass bipartisan election-security legislation.
'Trust in our electoral process is a cornerstone in our democracy,' said AG Ford. 'We owe it to all those who sacrificed for our country to protect our elections. I join my fellow Attorneys General in calling on our democratically elected leaders in Congress to support bipartisan election security measures and assist our local and state election officials in protecting the integrity of our votes.'
The attorneys general note warnings that 'our election systems have been a target for foreign adversaries and that those same adversaries are currently working to undermine the upcoming elections.' Their letter follows confirmed reports that Russia successfully breached election systems in Florida, installed malware on a voting-systems software company used by North Carolina, and targeted the election systems of all 50 states in 2016.
Joining Attorney General Ford in the letter are the attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. Today's letter follows
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up on a similar letter that attorneys general from 21 states sent to Congress in July 2018.
To view the letter, click here.