Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures: The Need for Federal Legislation to Address New Potential Election Day Threats
More than thirty election-security bills have been introduced in Congress, but most have been stalled in the Senate and no major legislation has been enacted.1 The bills would require states to make greater use of paper ballots and paper trails, adopt effective audit procedures, and strengthen federal cybersecurity support for state and local election authorities. While almost all these bills would be useful, it is probably now too late for states to make significant changes in the election equipment they use for the 2020 elections.2
Marc Lawrence-Apfelbaum recently served as a special advisor on foreign election interference and online disinformation threats to U.S. elections at the Campaign Legal Center (CLC), where he completed a project on practical ways that CLC could expand its work to confront cyberthreats to democracy. Before CLC, Marc was the long-tenured EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Time Warner Cable Inc., where he founded and chaired the company’s Cybersecurity Council and dealt with cutting-edge online legal and policy issues. J.D. Georgetown Law; B.A. University of Pennsylvania.