Protect the integrity of our elections. In testimony to the Senate foreign Relations Committee last week a Department of Homeland Security official testified that people connected with the Russian government tried to hack election related equipment in 21 states, apparently breaching several, prior to the November election. The Intercept reported that Russian intelligence attacked a voting software supplier and sent phishing emails to about 100 local election officials just before the election. Bloomberg reported that the Russians tried to change voter data in Illinois and accessed a campaign finance database in another state. According to the Washington Post, last Tuesday former director of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, testified before the House Intelligence Committee that the “scale and scope” of Russian interference was unprecedented. In the meantime Trump continues to deny any Russian interference. According to Bloomberg, some states cooperated with federal authorities in investigating the extent of the cyberattacks more than others.
Write your state delegate (Chris Peace if you are in the 97th district, which is east of Rt. 301 in Hanover or Hyland Fowler if you are in the 55th district west of Rt 301) and ask if they believe that the Russians conducted a cyberattack on state voting infrastructure and, if so, ask that they make a public statement to that effect and outline what they are doing to ensure the integrity of the Virginia election this November. Please stress that this is a real threat to our election integrity and is more worthy of their attention than their voter suppression efforts.