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senate Bill S. 2593

Should the Election Assistance Commission Give States Grants for Securing Their Election Systems?

Argument in favor

This commonsense, bipartisan bill would provide needed funding for states to secure their election systems while ensuring that their security is continuously monitored and updated.

davidf's Opinion
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10/02/2018
If you’re going to have an Election Assistance Commission wouldn’t the purpose of that commission be, in part, to provide states with expertise and funding to ensure their election systems are secure? This obviously means moving to paper ballots nationwide.
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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10/02/2018
This should have been done 6 months ago when the Republicans shut this bill down. Now is almost too late. Yes, YES. YES!! The voting machines that have been around since the 1980s are vulnerable as we saw from the last election.
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David's Opinion
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08/09/2018
Only if it includes voter ID and prohibits non US citizens from voting in any and all elections at every level of government: federal, state, and local.
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Argument opposed

There’s no need for the federal government to provide grants to states for election security or ensure they’re updating their systems, states can take care of it on their own.

tituswife's Opinion
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08/08/2018
Paper ballots prevent cyber threats, and are inexpensive.
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Hillary's Opinion
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10/02/2018
I would question whether this is about protecting our elections or if it is another back road to voter suppression.
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Chris's Opinion
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10/02/2018
1. States can fund this themselves. 2. This is to try to prevent something that has not even happened yet. 3.I would prefer to see how each state approaches this themselves in a truly federalist way so that the marketplace of ideas can find the best solution. The best solution for New York might not be the best for Iowa, or vice versa.
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    If you’re going to have an Election Assistance Commission wouldn’t the purpose of that commission be, in part, to provide states with expertise and funding to ensure their election systems are secure? This obviously means moving to paper ballots nationwide.
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    Paper ballots prevent cyber threats, and are inexpensive.
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    This should have been done 6 months ago when the Republicans shut this bill down. Now is almost too late. Yes, YES. YES!! The voting machines that have been around since the 1980s are vulnerable as we saw from the last election.
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    Only if it includes voter ID and prohibits non US citizens from voting in any and all elections at every level of government: federal, state, and local.
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    I would question whether this is about protecting our elections or if it is another back road to voter suppression.
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    This commonsense, bipartisan bill would provide needed funding for states to secure their election systems while ensuring that their security is continuously monitored and updated.
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    Yes, but only if they can actually prove election interference. It’s always easy to protect those who needs no protection. Like Senators Feinstein and her Chinese spy for 20 years.
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    Yes.
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    👍🏻👍🏻S. 2593— the Secure Elections Act👍🏻👍🏻 By all means YES I’d SAY YES to the immediate passage of this commonsense, bipartisan Senatebill S. 3593 - the Secure Elections Act which would provide needed funding for states to secure their election systems while ensuring that their security is continuously monitored and updated. This Senate bill S. 2593— the Secure Elections Act — would give the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) the primary responsibility within the federal government for sharing information about election cybersecurity incidents, threats, and vulnerabilities with federal entities and election agencies. The Election Assistance Commission (EAC) would award $386 million in election system cybersecurity and modernization grants to states and election agencies to implement the panel’s guidelines. Grants would be awarded to: 1) remediate vulnerabilities identified by a cybersecurity evaluation; 2) replace electronic voting systems that aren’t optical scanners that read paper ballots; and 3) reimburse states for statistical audits of ballots in close federal elections. This commonsense, bipartisan bill would provide needed funding for states to secure their election systems while ensuring that their security is continuously monitored and updated. 8*8*28 ..... SneakyPete
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    Feel like I need to do more research on this. For now I will support it, because the federal oversight of elections’ compliance with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is essential to maintaining our democratic republic. My concern would be where and how federal oversight could conflict with the right and obligation of states to design and administer elections.
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    Is this a democracy or an autocracy ruled by the few? If we aim for the former (I certainly do) why would we not want to ensure the integrity of our votes? Electronic voting systems should be banned and replaced by hand marked paper ballots with audit trail and retention. Independent election monitors at every polling station and additional polling stations to make up for the ones the republicans closed in minority districts. That all costs $ for training and yes it is an investment but could be done with proper funding.
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    FOR GODS SAKES YES !! HOW ELSE ARE THE STATES GOING TO PAY FOR HARDENING THE VOTING SYSTEMS AGAINST RUSSIAN INTRUSION !!!!! TRUMP WON'T DO ANYTHING ! HE WANTS RUSSIA TO TAKE OVER THE UNITED STATES FOR HIM !
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    Yes. But it’s important to remember our last presidential election was influenced by social media, not someone hacking into the voting machines and changing vote counts. While this will help with someone changing vote counts, it will do nothing to stop the influence on social media.
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    We should charge every federal election candidate 1/2 of 1% of everything they spend to pay for voting machines and elect Tronic fraud protection.
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    But only if States requires government issue identification If anybody can vote waste of money
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    It's a Federal election and federal responsibility to make it safe. We have a defense budget that needs to be used where the danger is. We are much more likely to be attacked electronically than by lethal weapons. And I have news for Mr. T. Cyber attacks bypass walls. Put the money where the danger lies.
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    What I find amazing is Americans hang on to the Idea that illegals are voting? Trump wanted to prove that there was illegal voting going on (6 million illegals), so he had assembled a committee to look in to it, for the umpteenth time, guess what they found, the same as the last, republicans and Russian. Shut that down real quick.
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    1. States can fund this themselves. 2. This is to try to prevent something that has not even happened yet. 3.I would prefer to see how each state approaches this themselves in a truly federalist way so that the marketplace of ideas can find the best solution. The best solution for New York might not be the best for Iowa, or vice versa.
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    Yes, and paper ballots as backups!
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    Protecting our elections and our technology against cybercrime is an important part of national security. We must protect our financial, Defense, medical, & govt data.
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