Gonzalez election security bill unanimously passes House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
Congressman Anthony Gonzalez’s (R-OH) Election Technology Research Act of 2019, H.R. 4990, passed the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology today with unanimous support. The bill, introduced just last week alongside Reps. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), authorizes the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research on ways to improve and secure voting systems across the country.
CONGRESSMAN GONZALEZ: “Election security is essential to our democracy and I am glad to see the Committee addressing it today in a bipartisan manner… With new threats facing our electoral systems, it is imperative that we continue to update our election laws and improve our election security by passing bipartisan election security legislation.”
H.R. 4990, the Election Technology Research Act of 2019, provides grant funding to establish a Center of Excellence in Election Systems and authorizes research to be conducted by NIST and NSF to improve election security and promote the modernization of election practices across the country. Importantly, the new Center for Excellence in Election Systems will promote state and local level involvement in the fight to secure America’s electoral system by including collaboration between universities, nonprofits, private organizations and state and local election officials.
“What is crucial to maintaining fair and secure elections is a willingness to evolve and innovate. The threats are dynamic and persistent so we must be as well. We’ve done that in a bipartisan fashion here in Ohio, and with this legislation, Rep. Gonzalez is bringing that same sense of innovation and bipartisan collaboration to national election security policy,” said Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose in support of Congressman Gonzalez’s efforts.
The bill also amends the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to update the definition of “voting systems” to match modern technology and directs the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to publish best practice guidelines for auditing, voter registration and other elements of securing voting systems.