Cyber-securing the Vote: Ensuring the Integrity of the U.S. Election System

Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing Date: July 24, 2018 10:00 am 2154 Rayburn HOB

PURPOSE:
  • To assess the role of the federal government, states, and localities in safeguarding the integrity of the U.S. election system.
  • To determine what actions must be taken ahead of the 2018 midterm elections to ensure the voting process is secure.
BACKGROUND:
  • On November 29, 2017, the Subcommittees on Information Technology and Intergovernmental Affairs held a joint hearing on the threats facing voting machines and discussed efforts to safeguard the ballot box.
  • The U.S. election process is governed and administered by state and local election officials with federal assistance from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) due to the agency’s role in protecting critical infrastructure.
  • In March 2018, Congress appropriated $380 million in grants for state election security expenses. The funds may be used to train local officials, acquire more sophisticated and secure software, and purchase machines to create auditable paper trails.
  • As of July 16, 2018, 100 percent of the appropriated funds have been requested by all 50 states and five territories.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
The Honorable Christopher Krebs Under Secretary National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Document
The Honorable Thomas Hicks Commissioner U.S. Election Assistance Commission Document
The Honorable Maggie Toulouse Oliver Secretary of State New Mexico Document
The Honorable Ricky Hatch County Auditor Weber County, Utah Document