Bay News 9 by Samantha-Jo Roth
July 10, 2019
WASHINGTON — A group of bipartisan lawmakers from Florida first learned of election security breaches by Russian hackers from a single line tucked into Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
Now, they’re working together to ensure others don’t have to be informed of election system intrusions this way in the future.
- HR 3529 would require notification of election system breaches
- State, local officials, certain members of Congress, even voters impacted
- Bill has bipartisan support among Florida lawmakers
Representatives Michael Waltz, (R) Florida 6th District, and Stephanie Murphy, (D) Florida 7th District, are introducing H.R. 3529 – the Achieving Lasting Electoral Reforms on Transparency and Security (ALERTS Act), which would require the Dept. of Homeland Security to notify state and local officials, certain members of Congress and voters personally impacted by an election system breach.
“We were incensed to find out through the Mueller report that two counties in Florida were penetrated, and that no one in Congress was notified over a period of years,” Rep. Michael Waltz said in an interview with Spectrum News.