The Cybersecurity 202: Why the latest election security bill is stalled …


Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 11. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

For a while there, the Senate’s flagship bill to help states improve election security appeared to be gaining steam. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle signed onto it. And an unlikely coalition of former national security officials, technologists and public policy groups urged lawmakers to pass the legislation.

But the Secure Elections Act stalled last week after the Senate Rules Committee canceled a key vote on the legislation at the last minute — and now its future is uncertain. Some Republicans who seemed poised to support the bill balked after the White House raised concerns about giving the federal government too much authority in election administration, while state officials objected to some of its requirements. Election security experts, meanwhile, worry the legislation is getting too watered down.

The delay highlights the tension at the core

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