Maryland U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8th) introduced legislation Thursday to increase the security of election systems against foreign entities.

The proposed legislation comes after the FBI informed Maryland officials last week that a Russian oligarch had invested in one of the state’s voting software vendors in 2015 without the state’s knowledge.

Although no evidence of specific wrongdoing has surfaced in Maryland’s elections, the report caused House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller to release a joint statement and hold a press conference letting the public know about the FBI’s statement.

In the statement, Busch and Miller wrote that they asked Attorney General Brian Frosh “to review the existing contractual obligation of the State, as well as asked for a review of the system to ensure there have been no breaches.”

Raskin, though, noted the importance of the legislation in response to Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“We know that Russian hackers targeted and hacked into our election systems in 2016,” Raskin said in a press release. “These attacks exposed serious national security vulnerabilities in our election infrastructure, including voter registration databases and the private networks of election technology vendors. We also know from American intelligence that Russian interference poses a continuing threat to our voting systems. But our GOP colleagues have refused to take action to safeguard our elections ahead of the 2018 midterms. We urge all our colleagues to take this threat seriously and to pass the Election Vendor Security Act without delay.”

HR 6435 would amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 by requiring election vendors to be owned and controlled by a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. and disclose whether vendors are using foreign-made parts in their products and software.

It would also require vendors to adhere to cybersecurity best practices, as developed by the Election Assistance Commission and Department of Homeland Security, and would demand they report known or suspected cybersecurity threats to state authorities and EAC and DHS within 10 days.

Several Maryland congressmen have signed on to co-sponsor the bill, including 6th District Rep. John Delaney (D), who has announced he is running for president in 2020.

“All Americans deserve elections that are secure, and what happened in Maryland should be a wake-up call, because it shows there are vulnerabilities in our system,” Delaney said. “Congress should take concrete steps to protect our elections infrastructure, because the integrity of the system is essential to the integrity of our democracy.”

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Mickey7

New study found that one out of three Trump supporters are as stupid as the other two.

DickD

Sounds like a liberal plan to make all Republicans equal to each other - that will never work, Vic! [lol]

LeonardKeepers

well after the cat gets out of the bag everyone comes up with all of these so called plans to correct the problem,the thing is the people that are supposed to be on guard dropped their guard and got caught with their pants down.to me every democrat that is up for reelection should be voted out of office and quit crying because their lord and savior lost the last election who really turned out to be a crook.

elymus43

Looks like the democrats are sticking together on this issue????

Mickey7

Better description is looks like The Real Americans are sticking together on this and the Russian Republicans are a bunch of snowflakes and can't stand up to Putin

DickD

This was overdue! Thank you for stepping up and doing the job, Jamie! Too bad we can't get our Republican Congress to do something nation wide.

Scott_grimes1

The Russians did NOT hack into our elections systems. What the heck is he talking about? Another conman elected by the Dems in Maryland. The Russians hacked Hillary's and the DNCs computers and emails to PROVE that the DNC and Dems rigged the primary elections against B. Sanders for Hillary. Somehow that criminal act has been buried by the mainstream news. Also, a bigger threat to the voting in Maryland is not some Russian oligarch, but all the illegals in this sanctuary state that are given licenses, and the fact you do not even need an ID to vote. Just a name and residence, and knowing who lives there and their party affiliation. THAT is where the elections are most at risk.

Mickey7

Man are you Brainwashed! Trump is a Traitor! My Uncle and Dad fought against Fascism and you question everything except Donnie Bone Spurs? I grew up in the Cold War and participated in a war to stop the mythological Domino Theory of Monolithic Communism and I never thought we have a president who is a Putin Puppet!

DickD

Yes, you can get a Maryland drivers license, if you have documentation from your home country.  This allows the licensed driver to drive in the U.S.  It has nothing to do with voting, except for registration.  
http://www.mva.maryland.gov/announcements/non-compliant-driver-license-ID-cards.htm


Since 1926 no state or the federal government has allowed non citizens to vote.  The exception to that is ten local jurisdictions in Maryland and San Francisco that do allow non resident to vote.  That includes those with green cards - permanent residents and those with visas, along with the possibility of no legal documentation.  The likelihood of non legal documented citizens voting is slim to none, as they face possible deportation.  

There have been cases in Maryland of non citizens voting.  But each party or concerned citizen has the right to be a "watcher" and to challenge any vote.  To vote you do need to be registered, give your name, residence and month and day of birth, along with signing the voter slip, which is also initialed by the election judge.


https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/mar/19/noncitizens-voting-across-us-frederick-county-coun/
"When those lists were compared with voting records for just three years — 2007, 2008 and 2011 — nearly 180 non citizens were found to have registered to vote. Of those, 63 had voted, some in multiple elections. The 180 registered votes came from 1,400 disqualified non citizens in those three years, a rate of 12.8 percent."  So, in the State 1,400 were disqualified, but 180 of that number did vote.

CRSmith88

You mistook the fiberglass for cotton candy....again.

Hayduke2

Scott, you be trippin dude!

des21

Is Facebook now part of our electoral system? When the heck did that happen?

elymus43

If Clinton would have gotten elected in 2016, the democrats would have never done this??????????????????????

shiftless88

If Clinton had been elected then Congress might not have taken the election security funding out of the budget

CRSmith88

Sure they would've. The hacking/spearfishing/yet to be disclosed extent still happened and posed a risk to a secure win. Republicans are rolling the dice hoping in the midterms or 2020 any potential nefarious activity "helps" them. Maybe the republicans know they need a boost since the demographics are changing and need to keep around Performance Enhancing Thugs.

secpol1970

Yet you idiots still have made an issue when bernout got screwed by killary in the dnc convention in 2016.That aside we need voter ID.

Joeseamhead

I just don’t get why anyone would have a problem with this.

Hayduke2

[thumbup]

Mickey7

[thumbup]Joe

des21

In a world of limitless funds to finance every "good" idea I doubt anyone would have a problem with this. We, of course, don't live in that world. Never have, never will.

I'm reading Boomsday Vic by Christopher Buckley. He has some really good ideas to help solve the government insolvency problem. You won't like them but that doesn't mean they're not good ideas[beam]

Mickey7

Christopher Buckley voted for Obama. He told his daddy Sorry Dad!

Mickey7

You need to read "The Gospel According to Vic"

des21

I always thought you may have a Christ complex Vic, now I know. You may want to review that first commandment.

CB voted for Barry? Ok. Like musicians and actors I don't necessarily take my voting cues from comic authors. You do what you want.

DickD

How about not cutting taxes to create a deficit?

Mickey7

[thumbup] dick

Nicki

How about skipping the 20 mil parade?

des21

I heard 12 billion. It's the perfect dress rehearsal for the coup d' etat following the 2020 Presidential election- if Donald doesn't resign first.

CRSmith88

Nah, makes way more sense to spend national security money on physical border protection and then instate some sort of ID just for voting (that we all promise not to lose) rather than utilize a fraction of all those cyber security experts were training at Meade for a summer project. Maybe we should just be allowed to vote via Facebook and instill our trust in Mark Zuckerburg's soulless eyes.

rbtdt5

Fixed another problem that doesn't exist! Great job.

shiftless88

like attacks by transgenders in bathrooms and voting by illegal immigrants?

rbtdt5

There are 2 genders. We've been over that. Illegals shouldn't be here in the first place.

DickD

And you wouldn't run for your life if someone threatened to kill you? Maybe a little compassion, rb.

DickD

And they wouldn't be if U.S. citizens didn't use all of the drugs from Central and South America to help establish all the drug cartels, which are murdering their citizens to make sure they can get people to carry drugs for them.

rbtdt5

No, I would stay and fight.

tatt2ed

Dick... Been there, nope, didn't run, still here.

DickD

And you want to wait until they do hack into our system? Ever hear; "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?"

tatt2ed

Dick... Even when we were using the Diebold electronic voting machines, they were never connected to a "live" internet feed. Does not mean that they could not be hacked, but it would require an insider to make it happen.

DickD

You don't understand what the Russians were doing, tat. They were changing names and addresses on voter registration lists - which is not part of the voting machines. it is a state run program. They were also using Facebook and other media to influence. You don't need to actual hack a system, to influence it.

Mickey7

Great job Jamie you got my vote again

Schafspelz

So xenophobic toward руссия. Lol.

Mickey7

I bet you have a complete collection of Ayn Rand books, you sound like a Objectivist looking for an Island unto yourself. LOL

Schafspelz

Very witty stuff.

Mickey7

Not meant to witty Traitors!

public-redux

I've never before seen "witty" used as a verb.

tatt2ed

Vic, I do. "The Virtue of Selfishness" being one of my favorites. "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead" are tied or second. While I disagree with Ms. Rand on a personal level many times, the premise of Objectivism is quite enlightening. Of course, you cannot fathom personal responsibility, preferring a consistent nanny state. I am sure someone will be there to change your Depends when your final days roll around.

Scott_grimes1

[thumbup]

secpol1970

The only traitors are dems. Though Ted Kennedy was unavailable for comment.

Mickey7

Do you get dizzy living in an upside down world?

tatt2ed

Ah, perspective. Your upside down is my normal, so No, vertigo is not a part of daily routine. Do you get hot flashes every time you read another report about the economy and unemployment rates?

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