Sen. Ron Wyden, Oregon Democrat, announced plans Thursday to pursue legislation allowing the Department of Homeland Security to establish mandatory cybersecurity requirements for elections. Speaking at an event in D.C., Mr. Wyden said he will include a new measure giving power to DHS in a revamped version of the Protecting American Votes and Elections Act, or PAVE Act, previously introduced in 2018. “The Election Assistance Commission sets standards for voting machines – but those standards are 100 percent voluntary,” Mr. Wyden said at the Election Verification Network annual conference at George Washington University, according to prepared remarks released by his office. “Not only are voluntary cybersecurity standards not working, but it’s clear that the Election Assistance Commission, or EAC, is the wrong agency to be in charge of election cybersecurity. “My bill would give an agency that does have that security expertise the power to set minimum security standards for voting machines, election management computers, and other election systems,” he said. “The Department of Homeland Security has that expertise and my bill puts DHS in charge of setting those standards.” Mr. Wyden, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said offer he would introduce the bill in the weeks ahead… Read full this story
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