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Statement by Commissioner Christy McCormick

Posted: Sep 8, 2016


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 want to thank you again for coming to this EAC public meeting. I want to take a few moments to speak on the issue at hand, the security of our elections. Particularly, I want to speak (at the risk of being political) on the issue of the Department of Homeland Security’s potential declaration of election systems as critical infrastructure. For those of you who do not know, in response to recent events, the Secretary of Homeland Security has entered into discussions in which it is considering whether or not to declare election systems “critical infrastructure.” My fellow commissioners and I have been parties to many of these conversations, and I want to take this time to publically state my opinion on the issue. While it sounds like a good idea, I do not think that DHS should declare election systems to be critical infrastructure, and I believe that the discussions are a reaction to threats that we have yet to hear are currently or actually existing. Perhaps we might hear those actual threats, but we have yet to hear them. They have yet to be conveyed to us. I believe this is an important issue, and at this point in time, I don’t support this path to declaring election systems as critical infrastructure. I have come to these conclusions based on five reasons: 

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 want to thank you again for coming to this EAC public meeting. I want to take a few moments to speak on the issue at hand, the security of our elections. Particularly, I want to speak (at the risk of being political) on the issue of the Department of Homeland Security’s potential declaration of election systems as critical infrastructure. For those of you who do not know, in response to recent events, the Secretary of Homeland Security has entered into discussions in which it is considering whether or not to declare election systems “critical infrastructure.” My fellow commissioners and I have been parties to many of these conversations, and I want to take this time to publically state my opinion on the issue. While it sounds like a good idea, I do not think that DHS should declare election systems to be critical infrastructure, and I believe that the discussions are a reaction to threats that we have yet to hear are currently or actually existing. Perhaps we might hear those actual threats, but we have yet to hear them. They have yet to be conveyed to us. I believe this is an important issue, and at this point in time, I don’t support this path to declaring election systems as critical infrastructure. I have come to these conclusions based on five reasons: 


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