Rep. Johnson reintroduces bill to protect the Integrity of U.S. Election
Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) re-introduced, along with over a dozen of his colleagues, the “Election Integrity Act of 2017.” This requires a mandatory response by the Attorney General for allegations of voter suppression and intimidation, and will limit the purchase of any new voting systems that do not provide durable voter-verified paper ballots.
“In the wake of the 2017 Russia hacking allegations, the DNC server hack and well-documented efforts by states to suppress the vote, citizens are rightly concerned,” said Rep. Johnson. “We must work to reduce the vulnerability of our crucial voting systems, protect the security and integrity of our electoral process, and ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to vote."
The “Election Integrity Act” would:
- Require durable and readable paper ballots and the publication of poll tapes
- Limit the purchase of any new voting systems that do not provide durable voter-verified paper ballots;
- Establish protocols when there is a voting system failure and prohibits voting systems responsible for tabulating votes from being insecurely connected to the internet;
- Call for security standards for voting systems used in federal elections;
- Enable verifiable manual audits of federal elections and will allow for random hand counts of paper ballots. The results of these audits will be published;
- Establish guidelines for the publication of voter purge lists and a process by which individuals can challenge their placement on a purge list; and
- Require a mandatory response by the Attorney General for allegations of voter suppression and intimidation.
“We have all heard the daily discussions about Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and we have seen local election officials engage in Jim Crow-style voter intimidation in an effort to suppress minority voters and seen the Secretary of State compromise private voter information. It is time for Congress to step up and protect everyone’s right to vote in federal elections,” said Johnson.
The Election Integrity Act has been supported by: National Election Defense Coalition, Common Cause, Transformative Justice Coalition, Hip Hop Caucus, People Demanding Action, UHCAN, Progressive Democrats of America and Verified Voting.