II. Federal-State Updates
President Donald J. Trump recently met with members of his administration including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to discuss election security. According to The Hill, the president received an update about current federal election security-related efforts, including information sharing and best practices like using paper ballots, issuing security clearances and conducing security assessments. A full read out of the meeting can be found here.
The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee has concluded that Russia was preparing to undermine confidence in the United States’ voting process when hackers surveilled around 20 state election systems. According to The New York Times, the committee said it saw no evidence that the Russians had ultimately changed vote tallies or voter registration information.
“These activities began at least as early as 2014, continued through Election Day 2016, and included traditional information-gathering efforts as well as operations likely aimed at preparing to discredit the integrity of the U.S. voting process and election results,” the senators wrote.