Protect our vote.
On Friday, Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced indictments against 13 Russians for their inference in the 2016 election. Also, last week the Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, a Trump appointee, told the Senate Intelligence Committee, “Frankly, the United States is under attack.” The country’s other top national security experts testifying before Congress agreed that Russians consider their efforts to disrupt the 2016 election a success. These experts expect the Russians will try to sway the 2018 elections and report that neither Trump or Congress are taking steps to prevent this interference. In 2016 Russia hackers targeted the election systems of 21 states, including Virginia and Russian “bots” are still actively spreading misinformation on social media. Typically, local and state governments are in charge of election operations, but they are ill-equipped to protect against a hostile government-sponsored international cyber attack.
Tell our legislators, both state and federal (see list and contact information above), they need to cooperate to protect the 2018 election. Congress needs to declare that tampering with elections will not be tolerated, declare our voting system as critical infrastructure and provide funds for states to upgrade their cybersecurity and electoral infrastructure. Virginia needs to evaluate the vulnerabilities of its disparate systems and assist localities in making upgrades.