Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Representing the 18th District of TEXAS

CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE ASKED THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE INVESTIGATE SECURITY BREACHES AND VULNERABILITIES WHICH STAND TO COMPROMISE THE INTEGRITY OF OUR NATION’S ELECTORAL PROCESS

Sep 6, 2016
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Contact: Michael J. McQuerry

September 6, 2016                                                               202-225-7080

 

PRESS STATEMENT

 

CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE ASKED THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE INVESTIGATE SECURITY BREACHES AND VULNERABILITIES WHICH STAND TO COMPROMISE THE INTEGRITY OF OUR NATION’S ELECTORAL PROCESS

 

“At the recently concluded G20 Conference, President Obama addressed this concern stating we have had problems with cyber intrusions from Russia in the past – I agree with the President on this issue,” stated Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

 

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a Senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee and the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, released the following statement regarding her letter to the Department of Justice requesting that the Department of Justice investigate and take appropriate action in connection with the alarming threat of security breaches and vulnerabilities which stand to compromise the integrity of our nation’s electoral process:

 

“Recently I wrote to the Department of Justice regarding the recent attempts to hack into voter machines and at least two successful breaches into election system databases in Illinois and Arizona. Reports of cyberattacks against various U.S. institutions and targets, including cyber theft of thousands of documents from several Democratic organizations, continues to threaten the security and confidence of our American democracy. Growing evidence that Russian government hackers are responsible for these breaches raises further concern that such attempts have been made to directly influence the outcome of the November general election. 

 

“This is concerning given the heightened barriers and challenges that already exist jeopardizing the validity of the American vote and the ability for Americans to exercise their vote. Over the years it has become increasingly harder for citizens to realize their voting rights – particularly for African Americans and other minorities, as well as for students, the elderly and individuals with disabilities. Voter suppression measures across the country, such as new voter ID laws, reductions and cuts to polling places and early voting, and purging of voter rolls, have created significant burdens for individuals seeking to exercise their most fundamental constitutional right. With varied systems of election administration and technology, polling place practices and experience of poll workers, there is a real and dangerous threat that hackers will compromise our nation’s entire electoral process.

 

“During a time when the voting rights of minorities and all Americans are under the greatest attack since the passage of the Voting Rights Act, it is imperative that the federal government take all necessary steps to ensure that the right to vote and the entire electoral process is fully protected and upheld. That is why I am asking the Department of Justice, pursuant to its statutory authority and consistent with its historic role as a guardian of civil rights and liberties, to take immediate action and investigate the full scope of vulnerabilities, security threats and breaches to our electoral and voting process. I am also requesting that the Department provide assurance that it has the resources and capabilities needed to ensure that the right of all Americans to vote, and to have their votes counted, will be protected.”

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