Dear Editor:

Election security has received renewed attention since Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress, when he affirmed that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and that the Kremlin is actively working to interfere in future elections.

The House of Representatives recently passed a bill (HR3351) that would give $600 million in election security funding to states, but the Senate has failed to follow suit. This critical piece of legislation would give states the money to update election equipment with systems that use voter-verified paper ballots, which is the most effective way to protect vote counts from cyber attacks. 

The American people deserve safe elections, and Congress must pass common-sense legislation that will prevent future foreign meddling. I’m asking my senators to publicly support $600 million in election security funding for states — and to convince other members of the Senate to do the same. 

History will judge Congress by what they do — or don’t do — in this moment. 

Sharon Vannoy

Hughesville

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