II. Federal-State Updates
The Associated Press has an up-to-date list of how all 50 states and the District of Columbia have responded to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity’s request for data. According to the list more than a dozen states still refuse to release any information.
NPR’s Pam Fessler has a look at two efforts to improve confidence in U.S. elections. One is the aforementioned presidential advisory commission and the other is the recent partnership between state election officials and federal officials in an attempt to share information.
Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and Virginia Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortes testified before a Democratic task force on election security this week. Gorbea and Cortes both testified that states need more resources to bolster election cybersecurity.
“States need additional funding and resources dedicated to the security of election systems,” Nellie Gorbea (D) told lawmakers according to The Hill. “These funds are critically needed for the assessments, testing procedures and the strengthening of IT capacity. In many states, they also need funding for the hardware of voting systems themselves.”