Washington, D.C. – With a month remaining before the 2018 elections, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden today announced that his bill to strengthen election security and require paper ballots has gained the support of Sens. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Gary Peters, D-Mich.
The Protecting American Votes and Elections (PAVE) Act of 2018 requires the use of paper ballots and “risk-limiting” audits for all federal elections, ensuring that election results have not been changed by hackers or foreign governments.
“The evidence is clear; our nation’s voter systems were hacked by foreign adversaries trying to influence the 2016 presidential election,” Duckworth said. “Senator Wyden’s PAVE Act, which requires paper ballots and post-election audits, is a common-sense approach to upholding the value of each American’s vote and strengthening our election security.”
The introduction of the PAVE Act comes among growing momentum for the use of paper ballots in federal elections. Last year, Wyden introduced the Vote-By-Mail Act, which would expand Oregon-style vote-by-mail nationwide, knocking down mounting obstacles that voters face across the country when trying to cast their ballots.
The bill has been endorsed by several of the nation’s top cyber and election security experts, including the grassroots voting rights group Common Cause, Color of Change, Brennan Center Democracy Program, the ACLU, Demand Progress, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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