WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) is urging Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen to prioritize election cybersecurity.
Lankford, along with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), said that intelligence reports show that Russia hacked presidential campaign accounts, launched cyberattacks against at least 21 state election systems, attacked a U.S. voting systems software company and illegally obtained emails from more than 100 election officials.
The two senators called on Nielsen to improve information-sharing between states and the federal government and provide states with resources, best practices and manpower to help combat attacks and update voting technology.
They, along with Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), also developed bipartisan legislation that will require the Department of Homeland Security’s cooperation and leadership in establishing information-sharing processes and improving election cybersecurity.
Lankford’s office said the legislation will be introduced Thursday.
Klobuchar also led a group of 26 senators in calling for a full account of the Election Assistance Commission’s efforts to address Russian cybersecurity threats.
Lankford, as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is assisting in the investigation of foreign interference during the 2016 presidential campaign and election.
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