Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is an original cosponsor of the Protect American Voters Act, legislation to provide states with more adequate resources to secure their current and future election systems. This bill updates the Help America Vote Act of 2002 by directing the Election Assistance Commission to issue guidelines for “non-voting” election equipment, including electronic pollbooks, election night reporting systems, online voter registration systems, and other equipment. It also establishes the first-ever “Election Cyber Assistance Unit” to connect local and state election officials with leading election administration and cybersecurity experts from across the country.

“Securing our elections includes prioritizing the protection of voter’s personal information, which has been at risk to foreign hacking for too long,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I am proud to cosponsor this bill to ensure election equipment is utilized in a way that protects voter information, and that states are provided with resources and guidance to secure their individual election systems. I am a staunch advocate for measures to protect American elections from any foreign interference, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this effort.”