Spurred by Russia’s assault on the 2016 presidential election, the Election Security Act a trio of Democrats in the House last week to safeguard U.S. elections from attacks and interference by foreign entities would require the president to develop a national strategy to protect the underpinnings of democracy as well as creating a National Commission to Protect United States Democratic Institutions.

The legislation, introduced by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., chairperson of the Committee on House Administration, and Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., chairman of the Democracy Reform Task Force, would mandate that states use paper ballots as well as create a set of cybersecurity standard for voting systems vendors.

“The Election Security Act – a key provision of the historic H.R. 1 reform effort – will give states the resources they need to protect the integrity of our election system,” Sarbanes said in a statement.

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