International and domestic attempts to sabotage our elections and sow distrust in the results are a serious concern as we prepare for the 2022 midterm elections. Today, civic-minded businesses are calling for lawmakers to take action.
Businesses, large and small, succeed by making necessary investments in new technologies that improve access and convenience for their customers while increasing security and trust. The same should be true of our election infrastructure, which is in critical need of an upgrade. Like successful business leaders who reject this false choice, lawmakers need to invest in proven solutions that are both accessible and secure.
Business people know that the investment in cybersecurity is never done. As technology evolves, so do the skills of malicious actors. Unfortunately, state election officials continue to scramble for adequate funding with many competing priorities, worsened by the pandemic. Many states haven't made a significant upgrade in their election infrastructure since the 2001 Help America Vote Act. Meanwhile, hackers continue to probe for vulnerabilities in special district, city, county, and state election systems.
It doesn't have to be like this. Election security is an opportunity for Americans of all political affiliations to work together to address the integrity and accuracy of our elections, the bedrock of our democratic institutions.
Please join Business for America and civic-minded businesses in urging Congress to pass comprehensive, bipartisan election security legislation.
The following companies and business organizations have signed our business letter urging Congress to pass a comprehensive election cybersecurity bill.
"Clearly, states like Russia, Iran, North Korea and others are trying to influence our elections. They demonstrated the capability, the wiliness, the intent to come after us to try to influence us. They’re looking for vulnerabilities in states, not to necessarily pick one candidate over another but to be able to sow chaos and to be able to use this information against us."
- Senator James Lankford (R-OK)
"I don't think any election office thought they'd be on the front lines of cybersecurity. We're just one keystroke away from eroding the confidence in the election system."
- Don Gray, Sangamon County Clerk (R-IL)
“We have overwhelming evidence that foreign adversaries are interfering in our elections, but we continue to do nothing to protect the integrity of our democracy. Election security is national security, and it is past time for congress to take action.”
- Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
"We have less people, we have less income, less ... dollars available to accomplish things. But we have the same threats, same risk, potentially even more. We really have to partner with agencies and other counties to work together."
- Dave Purscell, Steele County Director of Information Technology (MN)