Election security concerns grow following Senate investigation report on 2016 Russia interference

Election security concerns grow following Senate investigation report on 2016 Russia interference

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With less than three months until the 2020 elections, concerns are growing about election interference from Russia and other foreign intelligence agents.

It comes after the Senate Intelligence Committee released a bipartisan report showing there is evidence that Russia meddled in the 2016 races and had regular contact with Trump campaign staffers.

The latest and final volume in the three-year investigation was laid out in a nearly 1,000-page report.

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“Russia is still meddling and now so is China and Iran,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Rubio said while the investigation found ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, it did not find evidence of collusion.

“I hope our report informs us all of the signs and symptoms of foreign interference,” Rubio said.

For election security advocates, a major concern lies with electronic voting machines.

“We’re very worried about what’s going to happen in the states because there’s no mandate for them to take things off the internet,” said Ben Ptashnik, President of the National Election Defense Coalition (NEDC).

The NEDC is pushing to make sure every voting jurisdiction has a paper trail.

The organization cautions that unsecured systems could lead to discrepancies with vote tallies in the final certified vote or during a recount.

“It would be chaos,” Ptashnik said. “Whichever party won or lost would be suing, claiming the election was rigged.”