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Bipartisan Group Presents Bill to Bolster Election Security Research

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Reps. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, Eddie Bernice Johnson, R-Texas, and Frank Lucas, R-Okla., have introduced a bill to modernize and secure the country’s voting systems.

The Election Technology Research Act would bolster the National Science Foundation’s and National Institute of Standards and Technology’s capacities to pursue research for further development of these systems, Sherrill’s office said Tuesday.

The bill would authorize NIST-led security research, establish an elections-focused collaboration center and permit related NSF grants. The legislation would also assign elections security tasks to NIST and direct the Government Accountability Office to evaluate NIST efforts.