O’Halleran Votes to Secure Election Infrastructure, Prevent Future Attacks

June 27, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) voted for H.R. 2722, the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act, which requires voting systems to use individual, durable, voter-verified paper ballots, expands risk-limiting audits, and authorizes necessary funding to states to assist in securing election infrastructure. O’Halleran, Co-Chair of the House Blue Dog Coalition, endorsed a package of legislative proposals that includes many of these policies last week in response to the conclusions in Volume I of the Mueller Report.

The idea of requiring states to use paper ballots or machines that produce a voter-verifiable paper audit trail has earned public support from President Trump and Election Systems & Software, a major voting machine vendor. Today, the vast majority of states use paper ballots or machines with a paper trail.

“Americans casting their ballots deserve to know that our election systems have not been tampered with and that their voices are heard. I voted today to ensure Arizonans can cast their vote in a free, fair, and safe election,” O’Halleran said. “Our state election system was targeted by criminals, and there is strong evidence that foreign adversaries are targeting other states. Not only must we uphold our fundamental democratic systems that make our nation great, we have a national security responsibility to strengthen our election security.”

The SAFE Act will do the following:

  • Require voting systems to use individual, durable, voter-verified paper ballots—a widely agreed upon reform to protect our elections from manipulation;

  • Expand risk-limiting audits, equipping our states with the systems needed to ensure the accuracy of the vote tallies in an efficient manner;

  • Authorize a $600 million Election Assistance Commission grant program to assist in securing election infrastructure, while providing states with $175 million in biannual sustainment funding to help maintain election infrastructure—this initial $600 million is being appropriated by the Financial Services and General Government Accounting Appropriations bill;

  • Foster accountability for election technology vendors, creating a “qualified election infrastructure vendor” designation and much needed cyber security deadlines; and

  • Implement cyber security safeguards to protect our systems from attack, including a prohibition on wireless communications devices and a prohibition on election system internet interconnectivity.