Delgado cheers passage of election security bill

Rep. Antonio Delgado applauded on Thursday the House passing a bill that would authorize $600 million in federal grants for states to upgrade their voting systems to try to prevent overseas hacking of American elections.

“Foreign interference in our elections is not just a threat—it is a political reality and an urgent national security concern,” the Rhinebeck Democrat said in a statement after the 225-184 vote on the Securing America’s Federal Elections Act.

In addition to the $600 million for new election infrastructure, the bill would authorize another $175 million every two years for states to maintain those systems, and set new election requirements to prevent fraud. Among them: requiring voter-verified paper ballots in all polling stations, and forbidding internet accessibility for any devices on which ballots are marked or counted.

Every Republican except one voted against the bill in the Democratic-controlled House, which does not bode well for its chances in the Republican-controlled Senate.

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