Frosh and Fellow AG’s Want Senate to Pass Election Security Measures
Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) and 22 of his Democratic colleagues from around the country have asked Congress to secure the U.S. elections system and provide states with additional funding.
The attorneys general sent their letter to leading U.S. senators on Tuesday, just days after President Trump in an interview with ABC News said he would consider any opposition research brought to his reelection campaign by foreign governments.
The AG’s also cite the conclusions of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s recent report, which found that Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election in multiple ways.
“Intelligence officials and the Department of Justice continue to warn that our election systems have been a target for foreign adversaries and that those same adversaries are currently working to undermine the upcoming elections,” the attorneys general wrote.
In their letter, Frosh and the AG’s ask Congress to provide additional election security grants to states and localities, support the establishment of cybersecurity and audit standards for election systems, and pass bipartisan election-security legislation.
“It’s highly likely that Russia will be coming after our elections again in 2020,” Frosh said in a statement. “The Trump administration has not taken sufficient action to combat this threat to our national security. Without fair elections, there is no democracy. I urge Congress to step in to ensure that no one is able to hijack our elections ever again.”
In addition to Maryland, the letter to Congress was signed by the attorneys general of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.
The House earlier this year passed an ethics and election reform bill sponsored by Rep. John P. Sarbanes (D-Md.), but it is unlikely to move in the Senate.