We Did It:
After months of pressuring Moscow Mitch and the Senate to follow the House’s lead and pass election security funding, Congress finally came to an agreement to help safeguard our democracy.
On December 19, 2019, the House and the Senate came together and allocated $425 million in election security funding. The government spending bill has now passed both chambers of Congress and been signed into law.
Our work to protect our democracy is far from over, but this is a big win, thanks in great part to our activist-driven campaign calling on Congress to act.
Since the 2016 presidential election, multiple reports from Congress, the U.S. intelligence community, and progressive organizations confirmed that Russia hacked our election systems in all 50 states. There is also overwhelming evidence that hostile foreign powers, like China and Iran, are already planning attacks on the 2020 election. In response to these threats, in June 2019, the House of Representatives passed a bill allocating funding for states to enhance election security.
However, the funding continuously hit a huge roadblock: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. For months, Moscow Mitch blocked every attempt to pass election security funding, instead passing short-term spending bills that didn’t include a single cent to safeguard our democracy. What should have been a nonpartisan issue became a bipartisan stalemate — until now.
This funding is something state and local election administrators have needed for quite some time and are receiving not a moment too soon. They can now replace their outdated equipment with systems that use voter-verified paper ballots and perform post-election audits. Creating a paper trail is one of the most effective ways to prevent cyberattacks from affecting vote counts, giving election administrators the opportunity to confirm individual votes. We now have a chance to keep hostile foreign powers from further interfering in our elections, sending the message loud and clear that it is not okay to intrude in our democratic systems.
Throughout this fight, the Stand Up America community made over 120,000 calls, wrote letters to the editor, visited lawmakers’ offices, and sent thousands of emails and tweets, urging elected officials to prioritize this funding. And our campaign succeeded: Moscow Mitch McConnell finally relented.
Securing this funding is yet another example of the power you have. We stood up to protect the foundation of our democracy — free and fair elections — and won. Every action you take creates the change we so desperately need in our country.
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