Washington (April 25) – The electoral process is a cornerstone of democracy and one of the most fundamental tenets of the American system. However, the United States’ electoral infrastructure is out of date, which has left the integrity of our voting system at risk. This vulnerability was on full display during the 2016 presidential election when Russia brazenly hacked into the IT systems of political campaign committees and tried to manipulate the election results.

In a new paper, R Street Institute senior fellow, Paul Rosenzweig examines how voting works in America, the vulnerabilities of the current system and how we can strengthen our electoral infrastructure against future cyber intrusions.

The paper argues that while there are a number of ways that the system is vulnerable, there are also many solutions that can reduce the risk from these vulnerabilities, including greater information sharing, a stronger state role in election security, more federal resources and basic security standard setting. Many of these solutions involve simple steps that already enjoy widespread support.

The author concludes, “the integrity of our voting system [is] at risk, and the mitigation of that risk must be a federal priority.” Now is the time to put partisanship aside and commit to strengthening our nation’s critical election infrastructure.

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