The Cybersecurity 202: Election security legislation may be gaining steam in Congress


Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Momentum may finally be building in Congress to take new action to secure the elections from cyberthreats as the midterms approach.

Lawmakers have struggled to advance election security legislation in the months since they approved a $380 million funding package for states to upgrade their election systems. But a flurry of election-related hearings on Capitol Hill in recent weeks — including a pair of hearings Wednesday that featured testimony from some of the government’s top cybersecurity and election officials — shows they’re sharpening their focus on the issue. And the latest attention could help move bipartisan legislation to combat election cyberthreats closer to the goal line as November nears and intelligence officials warn of ongoing attempts by the Russian government to disrupt the U.S. political system.

“The tone has changed so it’s much more forward-looking in terms of,

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