This bill — the Protect Election Systems From Foreign Control Act — would require states to take steps to ensure that there’s no foreign ownership or influence on the voting systems used in elections. Elections systems that aren’t owned and controlled by domestic companies would be ineligible for use in federal elections.
This bill would require state and local governments to ensure that each vendor that provides, supports, or maintains any component of a voting system used in the administration of the election is a qualified voting systems vendor. Each year, state and local governments would be required to evaluate all vendors that provide, support, or maintain any components of a voting system to ensure that they’re qualified voting system vendors.
The Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) would establish and publish cybersecurity best practices for vendors that provide, support, or maintain voting systems. They’d also establish and publish updates to these practices as appropriate.
DHS and EAC would be required to provide guidance and technical assistance to state and local election agencies. They’d also establish a database for agencies to verify that an election vendor isn’t foreign-controlled, and create an annual review process to examine changes in vendor ownership or control.