Late last month, Congressional Democratic leadership announced they were forming a Congressional Task Force on Election Security “to ensure the health and security of our nation’s election systems.” Today, Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) released a statement that she would be the sole Floridian member.
“The integrity of our democracy was compromised during the 2016 election like we have never seen before,” said Demings. “It is imperative that we take the proper action to prevent another attack like this and protect our nation’s election systems. This isn’t a partisan issue, it could happen to either side. If we do nothing, we risk another attack again.”
Committee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-PA) will lead the Task Force. Thompson and Brady released a joint statement regarding the Task Force:
“Ensuring the security of our election systems for our next major election should not be a partisan issue and should be a top priority for both Republicans and Democrats. It is clear that if we continue to do nothing, we make it easy for Russia – or anyone else – to meddle in our elections and undermine public confidence in democratic institutions. While we are eager to work together on protecting our election systems to prevent a repeat of 2016, to date, Republican leaders on Capitol Hill have displayed no appetite to do so. With our Task Force’s membership established, we are ready to get to work and we welcome the support of Members on both sides of the aisle. We understand that the integrity of our democracy depends on the integrity of our elections.”
Other members of the Task Force — all Democrats — include Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Rep. James R. Langevin (D-RI), Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), and Demings.