U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) addressed election security concerns shared by local county clerks at a recent hearing with the Election Assistance Commission (EAC). Last week, Davis held a roundtable
where he heard from county clerks from Bond, Christian, DeWitt, Jersey, Macon, Macoupin, McLean, Montgomery, and Sangamon about issues important to administrating elections in Illinois.
Davis serves as the Ranking Member of the Committee on House Administration. The following are issues addressed by Davis at yesterday's hearing. Video of the hearing can be found here.
Davis addressed aging election equipment throughout the country.
"The average age of most voting equipment in the United States will soon be measured in decades, the cost to recruit and train poll workers remains high, and voter registration system maintenance remains critical but costly. As my good friend, Senator Blunt pointed out to my home state Senator last week during the Senate Rules EAC hearing, voter fraud does exist, and we must ensure our states are prepared against it. In examining how states have used and will continue to use their 2018 HAVA funds, I hope to learn more from our Commissioners on the needs of our state and local officials."
Illinois investing in stronger cyber security was also mentioned.
"Recently, my home state of Illinois was able to invest in a new Cyber Navigator Program that helps counties detect and defend themselves against cyber-security attacks.
"I was able to hear more about this program just last week during a bipartisan election security roundtable in my district. Local county officials graciously gave their time to discuss the inner workings of their election system and express their ideas to better secure their systems. I found the discussion helpful and productive, and I hope to hold more of these roundtables in the future as states continue to enhance their security efforts to ensure every American’s vote is both counted and protected."
Davis heard from clerks about ensuring elections remain locally administered. He spoke with EAC commissioners about balancing the federal role in our election system.
"Lastly, I believe assisting states with the tools they need to protect their election systems is the proper role for the federal government. This must be balanced against the constitutional duty for states to run and provide for their own elections. I am not for the federal government mandating or taking over state and local elections. The EAC plays an immeasurable role in being the interface between the federal government and our states."