Senators Propose US Elections Cybersecurity Commission

The proposed commission would aim to review the 2016 election process and safeguard future elections from interference.



Two US senators today introduced bipartisan legislation that aims to create a cybersecurity commission to investigate the 2016 elections process and secure future elections from interference.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) proposed creating the National Commission on the Cybersecurity of the United States Election Systems. Members of the commission would be selected by state election authorities and congressional leaders, according to an announcement from Gillibrand's office.

The commission would be tasked with identifying and preventing similar cybersecurity vulnerabilities that emerged in the 2016 election, as well as documenting any harm to the US elections system that arose during that time.

Commissioners would also review elections in other foreign countries for cybersecurity interference and how it was handled; identify emerging threats to the US elections system and any remaining unmitigated vulnerabilities; and report findings and recommendations to federal, state, and local authorities so they may take action.

Read more about the proposed commission here.

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