Our democracy hinges on protecting Americans’ ability to fairly choose our own leaders, and this requires public confidence that the voting results announced on election night are legitimate and reflect the actual votes cast in each state.
As members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, we are helping to lead the Senate’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Each member of our committee remains committed to uncovering the full extent of Russia’s operations and ensuring that we create protections against similar actions from foreign actors going forward.
The January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment concluded that Russian actors attempted to penetrate state-level voter registration databases as part of Russia’s larger hostile effort to interfere in last year’s election.
Although there is no evidence that the Russian activity changed vote tallies on Election Day, the attempted intrusions demonstrate a clear vulnerability that could be exploited by foreign hackers in the future to compromise the integrity of our democratic process.
The US needs to improve and modernize protections for our voting systems, registration data, and ballots to prevent theft, manipulation, and malicious computer hacking.