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50 State Secretaries Oppose Elections Equipment Being 'Critical Infrastructure'

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By    |   Wednesday, 25 Jan 2017 05:49 PM

All of the nation's secretaries of state want to see President Donald Trump's administration erase the Obama administration's decree that made federal elections equipment "critical infrastructure" out of concerns that elections could eventually be taken over by the federal government.

According to The Daily Caller, the United States' 50 secretaries of state plan to discuss the topic at a meeting next month.

Jeh Johnson, former President Barack Obama's secretary of homeland security, made the proclamation Jan. 6 that essentially put federal elections equipment like voting machines in the Department of Homeland Security's domain. Johnson said he was trying to prevent Russia from interfering with another U.S. election.

"Now more than ever, it is important that we offer our assistance to state and local election officials in the cybersecurity of their systems," Johnson said earlier this month. "Election infrastructure is vital to our national interests, and cyber attacks on this country are becoming more sophisticated, and bad cyber actors — ranging from nation states, cyber criminals, and hacktivists — are becoming more sophisticated and dangerous."

Skeptics of the move worry the federal government would have too much control over every U.S. citizen's right to vote.

Denise Merrill, the president of the National Association of Secretaries of State, told the Caller the issue is not a partisan one.

"I'm certain this will be a hot topic among all of us," she said. "I haven't heard one secretary of state — Democrat or Republican — that's for this."

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican, told Politico the new designation for election equipment is a "federal overreach."

"This action is a federal overreach into a sphere constitutionally reserved for the states," Kemp said.

"The new Congress has already been sworn in and this administration only has 15 days left in its term. The responsible course of action is for the new administration to take up this issue and examine it before any decision is made in the 11th hour. This smacks of partisan politics."

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All of the nation's secretaries of state want to see President Donald Trump's administration erase the Obama administration's decree that made federal elections equipment "critical infrastructure" out of concerns that elections could eventually be taken over by the federal government.
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