Despite warnings from FBI Director Christopher Wray that Russia is actively interfering with the 2020 presidential election through information warfare, Senate Republicans rejected a trio of bills aimed at election security.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., blocked each of the bills, claiming the legislation was an attempt by Democrats to rest control over elections “in the hands of Washington, D.C., bureaucrats.”

The Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act, introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would require states to use paper ballots as backup and mandate post-election audits as well as establish a set of election system cybersecurity standards at the federal level.

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