Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos is the president-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State. A key priority he plans to focus on is election security. In March, he testified before the U.S. Select Committee on Intelligence on the topic and this week the Democrat returned to testify before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.
The Senate Committee held a hearing regarding state and local perspectives on election security preparations. Missouri Republican Roy Blunt, the chair, said cyberattacks tested the 2016 elections and continued attempts are anticipated. “We want to be sure that we are doing what we can to help you thwart these attempts. State and local governments need access to timely and actionable information and technical assistance when they need it. One of our goals today is to find out more about the information sharing that is occurring between federal, state and local officials and to learn more about your concerns and your thoughts on that.”
In an interview with WAMC, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos says he was joined by the Secretaries of Minnesota and Missouri to describe what they are doing and whether they support the proposed Secure Elections Act. “We were there to give a bit of a history of what we’re doing at our level, at our state level, but then also to talk about nationally what’s going on.”
A link to the archived video of the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration hearing on Election Security Preparations from state and local perspectives is here.