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Congressman Hank Johnson

Representing the 4th District of Georgia

Congressman Hank Johnson’s Statement on DHS Declaring Voting Systems Critical Infrastructure

January 16, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) released the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security’s made the decision to label the country’s electoral system as “critical infrastructure.” The move, which DHS announced on Friday, puts the electoral system on par with the energy or financial sector, industries considered vital to national security and economic stability. Rep. Johnson’s Election Infrastructure and Security Promotion Act of 2016” (H.R. 6073) requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designate our voting systems as critical infrastructure:

“With the release of a declassified report on Russian election cyberattacks, including confirmation that Russian hackers were behind breaches of several state election offices, I applaud DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson's decision to make the cybersecurity of polling places, election machines, voter databases and other election technology a formal priority for the agency. We must work together to reduce the vulnerability of our crucial voting systems, protect the security and integrity of our electoral process, and ensure all Americans’ who cast a ballot have their votes cast accurately.”

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