"As we get closer to the 2018 election, it's irresponsible not to act on the Secure Elections Act to protect against interference from foreign entities.” —Senator James Lankford (R-OK)

Secure Elections Act

Business leaders call on Congress to protect election integrity

The Secure Elections Act, S.2593, is a bipartisan bill in the Senate that takes commonsense, urgently-needed actions to protect our elections from tampering and cyberattacks.

We applaud co-sponsors Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-ME), Richard Burr (R-NC), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Mark Warner (D-VA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Angus King (I-ME) for putting partisan politics aside to address this critical issue.

It’s time for the rest of Congress to take action — and the business community can help make it happen. Business for America is asking businesses, executives, founders, investors, and business groups to sign this joint statement and show our leaders in Washington that election security is an urgent national priority.

Open Letter for the Secure Elections Act

Americans Deserve Elections We Can Trust

Dear Senators,

Secure, accurate elections are the cornerstone of a vibrant democracy. However, after years of under-investment, America’s election systems are dangerously vulnerable. This is a national security issue that demands immediate action.

State election officials are grappling with difficult challenges: Many voting machines are vulnerable to tampering and cyberattacks because they haven’t been upgraded since 2002, the last time the US made a major national investment in election infrastructure. And, in states that use electronic voting machines without paper backups, it is impossible to check the vote for accuracy. State officials need better technical and financial resources and appropriate access to national security information to handle threats before it is too late.

Public confidence in our elections requires voting systems to be secure and produce trustworthy results. The Secure Elections Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) addresses many critical vulnerabilities with common-sense solutions:

  • Paper records to reduce the risk of hacking. The bill provides grants for states to replace paperless electronic voting machines with paper ballots, as recommended by security experts.
  • Rigorous, regular “smart” audits to scan for irregularities. To ensure accuracy and build public confidence, the bill encourages routine post-election audits that use the best statistical techniques available.
  • Enhanced information sharing to empower state-level officials. The bill encourages information sharing between federal and state officials, while giving state officials appropriate security clearances to access and act quickly on cybersecurity intelligence. It also requires states to notify the federal government if their election systems are hacked.
  • Standardized cybersecurity guidelines for long-term cost savings. The bill creates a panel of independent experts to establish cybersecurity guidelines that will promote best practices, enable efficiencies, and reduce costs.

As business leaders, our responsibility is not just to our employees, shareholders, and customers — it is also to our country. We urge Congress to protect our elections by passing and fully funding the Secure Elections Act as an important step toward building an election system that all Americans can trust.

Signatories

Business Leaders

The individuals listed below have signed this letter in their personal capacity. They do not reflect the endorsement of any organization, corporation, or entity with which they are affiliated.

Daniel Arbess | Founder & CIO, Xerion Investments
Joanna Barsh | Director Emerita, McKinsey & Company
Matt Bauer | Co-Founder & CEO, Sparrow
Mark Bregman | CTO, NetApp
Julianna Carella | Founder & CEO, Treatibles
Dr. Bruce Damer | CEO, Digital Space
Rohan Dixit | Founder & CEO, Lief Therapeutics
Matthew C. Douglass | Co-Founder, Practice Fusion
Howard Fluhr | Chairman Emeritus, The Segal Group
Bruce Fram | Former CEO, Contrast Security
Gordon Fuller | Chief Visionary, FullerVision.com
Simon Glinsky | Principal, The Glinsky Group
Pam Hausner | Owner, Big Vision Design
Richard Lawton | Founder, Triple Ethos
Aaron Lifshin | CEO, InMoment Software
Jeanne Geier Lewis | Co-Founder & CEO, Capsure
Richard Master | CEO, MCS Industries
Kerry McCracken | Founder & President, Say Yay
Lenny Mendonca | Senior Partner Emeritus, McKinsey & Company
Satish Menon | CTO, Shutterfly
Alex Mok | CEO, Mantra Bio
Bruce Parelskin | Former Director, McAfee
Tom Perrault | Chief People Officer, MemSQL
Zach Phillips | Owner, Short Order Production House
Té Revesz | Principal, GlobalReach-SBI
Barry Romich | Co-Founder & Board Chair, Prentke Romich Company
James Strock | Founder, Serve to Lead Group
Ramsey Williams | Senior Director for Cyber Security, ‎GE Power
Nigel Wylie | Founder, The Resolution Co.

Business Organizations

Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council
New Jersey Sustainable Business Council
North Carolina Business Council

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Today, the most important step you can take is to sign our letter and show your support for secure elections. We invite businesses, business groups, and individual business leaders to sign.

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