Delaney Files Legislation to Boost Election Security, Prevent Foreign Ownership of Election Systems
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has introduced bipartisan legislation to upgrade election security nationwide and block the foreign ownership and control of election infrastructure systems. Delaney’s Protect Election Systems from Foreign Control Act(H.R. 6449) was filed last week, with both Democrats and Republicans cosponsoring the bill.
Delaney’s bill mandates that elections systems vendors are owned and controlled by domestic companies and requires that the Department of Homeland Security and the Election Assistance Commission to provide guidance and assistance to state and local agencies.
Earlier this month, the FBI notified officials in Maryland that a key vendor used by the state for election data had significant financial ties to a Russian oligarch. The firm, ByteGrid LLC, owns the servers that store voter registration, candidate, election management and election night data. An ownership stake in the company was purchased by AltPoint Capital Partners, the largest investor in AltPoint is Russian oligarch Vladimir Potanin, who is widely reported to be close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. AltPoint is managed by Russian Gerald Banks.