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Rep. Mikie Sherrill. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Sherrill renews call for election security

Task Force Sentry working on measures to harden country’s election systems

By Nikita Biryukov, July 26 2019 4:07 pm

Rep. Mikie Sherrill renewed her call for increased election security measures following Russian electoral interference in the 2016 presidential election.

“Our democracy is vulnerable to foreign interference, and we need to act,” Sherrill said. “As chairwoman of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee on House Science, Space and Technology and a founding member of Task Force Sentry, I have worked to bring this issue to the forefront of our national discussion. My colleagues and I in the House have fought to pass legislation to arm our states with the resources they need to safeguard our democracy and the 2020 elections. The Senate’s inaction — especially in light of this report — is a failure of leadership.”

On Thursday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report that found Russian operatives targeted election systems in all 50 states.

Task Force Sentry is a bipartisan working group that for several months has worked behind closed doors to harden the country’s voting systems to attacks from foreign adversaries.

At this time, the task force is drafting legislation to increase disclosure of foreign funds, prevent those funds from reaching campaigns and create systems to identify foreign attempts at electoral interference, among other things.

“We set up Task Force Sentry because there is a clear need for leadership on this issue,” Sherrill said. “We are readying additional legislation to protect the 2020 elections and to provide national security leadership to protect our democracy from foreign influence.”

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