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Tell Mitch McConnell: Stop blocking election security legislation

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Petition to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

"Stop giving aid and comfort to our enemies by blocking election security legislation even as foreign nations try to undermine our democracy."

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    Tell Mitch McConnell: Stop blocking election security legislation

    The scale is staggering: Russia targeted election systems in all 50 states in 2016.1 And it's not over. "They're doing it as we sit here," Robert Mueller told Congress on Wednesday.2

    But Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not care. He personally blocked election security legislation in the senate less than 24 hours after Mueller testified.3

    McConnell is so committed to stealing elections for Republicans that he is making protecting our democracy a partisan issue. We need to raise our voices now.

    Tell Mitch McConnell: Stop blocking election security legislation.

    Every voice of outrage shines a glaring spotlight on McConnell's betrayal of American values.

    The biggest new takeaway from Mueller's testimony this week was the depth of Mueller's concern about Russia:4

    "Over the course of my career, I've seen a number of challenges to our democracy. The Russian government's effort to interfere in our election is among the most serious. As I said on May 29, this deserves the attention of every American."

    On top of Mueller's concerns, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report Thursday acknowledging the 50-state scope of Russian attacks in 2016, confirming that we remain vulnerable and suggesting a long list of necessary fixes that some senators said was still not nearly enough to meet the threat.5

    The legislation McConnell killed already passed the House of Representatives and would have "given states hundreds of millions of dollars in grants, mandated the use of backup paper ballots and required risk-limiting post-election audits."6 It would also force campaigns to report attempts by foreign entities to influence or hijack U.S. elections and protect against hacking attempts aimed at the personal devices or accounts of elected officials and staff. Senate Democrats attempted to pass it with unanimous consent, but twice in 24 hours Republican senators rose to object and blocked the bills – and the second time, Mitch McConnell did it personally.

    Tell Mitch McConnell: Stop blocking election security legislation.

    Thank you for speaking out.

    References:

    1. David E. Sanger and Catie Edmondson, "Russia Targeted Election Systems in All 50 States, Report Finds," The New York Times, July 25, 2019.
    2. Ted Barrett and Kevin Collier, "GOP senators block election security legislation hours after Mueller warns of Russian interference," CNN, July 25, 2019.
    3. Ibid.
    4. Ibid.
    5. Sanger and Edmondson, "Russia Targeted Election Systems in All 50 States, Report Finds."
    6. Ibid.