II. Federal-State Updates
Late last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security contacted the 21 states it said the Russians had tempted to infiltrate during the 2016 election cycle. The contact comes three months after DHS had originally announced the attempted hacks but did not release the list of states.
“We heard feedback from the secretaries of state that this was an important piece of information,” Bob Kolasky, acting deputy undersecretary for DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate told The Washington Post. “We agreed that this information would help election officials make security decisions.”
However, by Wednesday, DHS was backtracking a bit. While Russians had attempted to breach statewide systems in California and Wisconsin in the run-up to the election, the systems that they attempted to breach were not elections-related.
In Presidential Election Commission news, The Hill reports that the Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under the Law is calling on members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the Department of Justice’s connection to the president’s election commission.
“With significant evidence of politicization at the Department and within the Civil Rights Division in particular, it is critical the Senate Judiciary Committee fulfills its oversight role,” Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee said.
Georgia: Georgia has become the most recent state to provide limited voter data to the election commission after the commission agreed to pay the state $250.