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Ranking Member Klobuchar Statement on Report Highlighting Election System Vulnerability

This week, the Brennan Center for Justice released a report evaluating the state of our country’s election security and recommended that more must be done to secure our elections

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar issued the following statement on a report from the Brennan Center for Justice highlighting the urgent need for action on election security.

“Election security is national security. It is time we started acting like it. The integrity of our election system is the cornerstone of our democracy. The freedom to choose our leaders and know with full confidence that those leaders were chosen in free and fair elections is something that Americans have fought and died for since our country was founded. The report from the Brennan Center highlights the urgent need for us to take action. It is unacceptable that in our next election, 16 million voters will cast their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record. When we can’t go back and verify election results with paper records, it diminishes Americans’ confidence in our elections and it makes us vulnerable to attack from foreign adversaries.

“This isn’t about one election or one party. This is about our democracy. Backup paper ballots and thorough post-election audits are two of the most effective ways to secure our elections. We need to be a united front in fighting against those who interfere with our democracy and we must do everything in our power to prevent foreign interference from ever happening again.”