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electionlineWeekly — June 14, 2018

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II. Federal-State Updates

Sens. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) have introduced a new version of the Secure Elections Act as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The lawmakers originally introduced the legislation in December and according to The Hill have since then been working with state elections officials to revise the legislation to address some of the fears expressed by the states.

“The security of our election systems is a major national security issue, and it is appropriate for this legislation to be included in the National Defense Authorization Act,” Lankford said in a statement. “This legislation will help states prepare our election infrastructure for the possibility of interference from Russia, Iran, North Korea, or a domestic hacktivist group.”

In other Capitol Hill news, a group of Democratic senators has introduced a bill that would require state and local governments to take two steps to ensure that votes are properly counted. According to The Hill, under the legislation, states would have to use voting systems that use voter-verified paper ballots that could be audited and states and local officials would also be required to implement risk-limiting audits.