II. Federal-State Updates
This week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules & Administration held a hearing on preparations for the 2018 midterm elections. A number of state and local elections officials testified about what their states and counties are doing to prepare for November. Those testifying included Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, Minnesota Secretary of State Scott Simon and Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft. The full hearing may be viewed here.
Sens. James Lankford, (R-Oklahoma), and Amy Klobuchar, (D-Minnesota) failed to get parts of their bill, the Secure Elections Act, included in the National Defense Authorization Act. The bill would have made it easier for state elections officials to get the security clearances necessary to briefed on cyber threats.
“I’m disappointed that the NDAA did not include provisions from the Secure Elections Act," Lankford told CyberScoop. "However, I will continue to work with my colleagues to have revised election security legislation enacted into law.”