Bill to Boost 2018 Election Security in Doubt

A group of senators have proposed a bill to boost election security by streamlining information sharing between federal and state entities, but its future is in doubt during high-wire budget negotiations in Congress.

Sens. Jim Lankford (R-Okla.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) proposed a series of changes to U.S. election management, all of which were centered around greater access to information for federal and state agencies. If a department receives information regarding a threat to election cybersecurity, it can share those details with the relevant government agency, according to the proposed bill.

The bill also encourages sharing cyber threats and defensive measures regarding election vulnerabilities. If that information happens to be classified, the rule would order officials to “promptly” submit a declassification review.

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